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Physics from Symmetry


  • A highly praised new approach to teaching basic physics based on symmetry principles

  • Self-contained and pedagogical presentation

  • Reveals the inner consistency and elegance of theoretical physics in a way no textbook has done before

  • This second corrected edition contains many revised sections with improved explanations


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 3-9
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 11-23
  3. Symmetry Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 24-24
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 25-94
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 95-114
  4. The Equations of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 117-120
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 121-130
    4. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 131-175
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 176-176
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 177-208
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 209-231
    4. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 233-237
    5. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 239-244
    6. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 245-250
    7. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 251-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-287

About this book


This is a textbook that derives the fundamental theories of physics from symmetry.
It starts by introducing, in a completely self-contained way, all mathematical tools needed to use symmetry ideas in physics. Thereafter, these tools are put into action and by using symmetry constraints, the fundamental equations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, Electromagnetism, and Classical Mechanics are derived.

As a result, the reader is able to understand the basic assumptions behind, and the connections between the modern theories of physics. The book concludes with first applications of the previously derived equations.

Thanks to the input of readers from around the world, this second edition has been purged of typographical errors and also contains several revised sections with improved explanations. 


Foundations of Physics Introduction to Group Theory Introduction to Quantum Field Theory Lie Group Theory in Physics Symmetries in Physics Deriving physical laws from Symmetry Abstract group theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.KarlsruheGermany

About the authors

Jakob Schwichtenberg - Karlsruhe, Germany. 

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