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Basic Concepts in Physics

From the Cosmos to Quarks

Benefits

  • A clear, concise and beautifully written presentation of modern physics. Readers will not only learn physics, they will learn to enjoy it

  • Self-contained and comprehensive History, concepts and formal treatment go hand-in-hand. Suppresses mathematical technicalities in favor of a wide scope of topics

  • Suited for class use, e.g. as a textbook for the course "Modern Physics", but also ideal for "lone explorers" and other newcomers to physics

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 1-46
  3. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 47-79
  4. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 81-111
  5. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 113-141
  6. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 143-166
  7. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 167-212
  8. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 213-249
  9. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 251-278
  10. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 279-293
  11. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 295-318
  12. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 319-352
  13. Masud Chaichian, Hugo Perez Rojas, Anca Tureanu
    Pages 353-364
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 365-377

About this book

Introduction

"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, high-school 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.

 

Keywords

Concepts of physics Historical approach to understanding physics Introduction to modern physics Novel guide to physics Physics self study book Physics teaching

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsICIMAFLa HabanaCuba
  3. 3.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

About the authors

Masud Chaichian is an eminent particle physics theorist and professor of high-energy physics at the University of Helsinki.

Hugo Perez Rojas is Full Professor in the Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics and Physics, Cuba. 

Anca Tureanu is Academy Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the university of Helsinki.

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Reviews

Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2014

“This is a very high-quality presentation. The writing is lucid, and the theoretical discussions are easy to follow for anyone comfortable with the mathematics. … the work is a valuable addition to college libraries. Professionals and researchers will also want it on their bookshelves; it provides an excellent refresher on a wide range of topics and can serve as a good starting point for expanding knowledge of new or unfamiliar subjects. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.” (A. Spero, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)

“It describes all the major developments and theories regarding the description of the universe we live on, from the very small to the very large. … I highly recommend this book to any physicist. It will not only be a fun and an easy read but also a useful revision of all the main concepts in physics. Undergraduate and graduate physics students definitely should read it. … appropriate for scientists in other fields who have a genuine interest for physics.” (Monica Pierri-Galvao, Contemporary Physics, April, 2014)