Basic Concepts in Physics: From the Cosmos to Quarks"Basic Concepts in Physics: From the Cosmos to Quarks" is the outcome of the authors' long and varied teaching experience in different countries and for different audiences, and gives an accessible and eminently readable introduction to all the main ideas of modern physics. The book’s fresh approach, using a novel combination of historical and conceptual viewpoints, makes it ideal complementary reading to more standard textbooks. The first five chapters are devoted to classical physics, from planetary motion to special relativity, always keeping in mind its relevance to questions of contemporary interest. The next six chapters deal mainly with newer developments in physics, from quantum theory and general relativity to grand unified theories, and the book concludes by discussing the role of physics in living systems. A basic grounding in mathematics is required of the reader, but technicalities are avoided as far as possible; thus complex calculations are omitted so long as the essential ideas remain clear. The book is addressed to undergraduate and graduate students in physics and will also be appreciated by many professional physicists. It will likewise be of interest to students, researchers and teachers of other natural sciences, as well as to engineers, highschool teachers and the curious general reader, who will come to understand what physics is about and how it describes the different phenomena of Nature. Not only will readers of this book learn much about physics, they will also learn to love it.

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Contents
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2 Entropy Statistical Physics and Information  47 
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3 Electromagnetism and Maxwells Equations  81 
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4 Electromagnetic Waves  112 
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5 Special Theory of Relativity  143 
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6 Atoms and Quantum Theory  167 
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7 Quantum Electrodynamics  213 
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8 FermiDirac and BoseEinstein Statistics  250 
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9 Four Fundamental Forces  279 
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10 General Relativity and Cosmology  295 
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11 Unification of the Forces of Nature  319 
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12 Physics and Life  353 
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Basic Concepts in Physics: From the Cosmos to Quarks Masud Chaichian,Hugo Perez Rojas,Anca Tureanu No preview available  2013 
Basic Concepts in Physics: From the Cosmos to Quarks Masud Chaichian,Hugo Perez Rojas,Anca Tureanu No preview available  2013 