© 2014

From Aristotle to Schrödinger

The Curiosity of Physics


Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 1-12
  3. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 13-23
  4. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 25-41
  5. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 43-54
  6. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 55-82
  7. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 83-106
  8. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 107-131
  9. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 133-146
  10. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 147-187
  11. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 189-241
  12. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 243-259
  13. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 261-296
  14. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 297-354
  15. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 355-441
  16. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 443-490
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 491-517

About this book


From Aristotle to Schrödinger: The Curiosity of Physics offers a novel introduction to the topics commonly encountered in the first two years of an undergraduate physics course, including classical mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular physics, and astrophysics. The book presents physics as it evolved historically; it covers in considerable depth the development of the subject from ancient Greece to the present day. Though the emphasis is on the observations, experiments, theories, and applications of physics, there are additionally short sections on the life and times of the main protagonists of physics.

This book grew out of the author's long experience in giving undergraduate and graduate courses in classical physics and in quantum mechanics and its elementary applications. Although meant primarily for the student and teacher of physics, it will be of interest to other scientists and to historians of science, and to those who wish to know something about physics, how it started, and how it developed to its present day magnificence and sophistication.


Applications of Physics Classical Mechanics Core Physics Development of Physics History Physics Undergraduate Physics History of Physics Physics Biography Quantum Mechanics Quantum Theory Thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Physics National Technical University of Athens,BuryUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Antonis Modinos is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. During his career, he has taught a variety of subjects, in both physics and mathematics, at various levels, including Electromagnetism, Physical Electronics, and Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Physicists at the University of Salford, UK. He has published approximately 80 research papers (of which 4 are invited review articles) and two books, including Field, Thermionic, and Secondary Electron Emission Spectroscopy (Plenum Press, 1984); and Quantum Theory of Matter – A Novel Introduction (John Wiley & Songs, 1996).

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From the reviews:

“Intended for physics students (formal or informal) and for physics instructors at all levels, the book is a valuable supplement to standard textbooks since it focuses on key experiments, competing theories, and critical analysis that highlight how the core theories of physics have developed and changed over generations of reflective critiques. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty in physics; well-prepared general readers.” (J. R. Burciaga, Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)