Theoretical Concepts in Physics An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics

ISBN-10: 052152878X
ISBN-13: 9780521528788
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 588
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

A highly original, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics. This book illuminates the subject from the perspective of real physics as practised by research scientists. It is intended to be a supplement to the final years of an undergraduate course in physics and assumes that the reader has some grasp of university physics. By means of a series of seven case studies, the author conveys the excitement of research and discovery, highlighting the intellectual struggles to attain understanding of some of the most difficult concepts in physics. Case studies include the origins of Newton's law of gravitation, Maxwell's equations, mechanics and dynamics, linear and non-linear, thermodynamics and statistical physics, the origins of the concepts of quanta, special relativity, general relativity and cosmology. The approach is the same as that in the highly acclaimed first edition, but the text has been completely revised and many new topics introduced.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Tycho Brahe, Kepler and Newton - the origin of Newton's law of gravitation
The origin of Maxwell's equations
How to rewrite the history of electromagnetism
Approaches to mechanics and dynamics
Simple thermodynamics
The kinetic theory of gases and the origin of statistical mechanics
Black body radiation up to 1895
1895-1900: Planck and the spectrum of black body radiation
Planck's theory of black body radiation
Einstein and the quantisation of light
The story concluded - a further classical paper by Einstein
Special relativity - a study in invariance
An introduction to general relativity
Cosmology
Epilogue
References and further reading
Index

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