© 2007

Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Modern Physics

Special Relativity, Quantum and Statistical Physics

  • Editors
  • Carlo Maria Becchi
  • Massimo D’Elia

Part of the UNITEXT book series (UNITEXT)

Also part of the Collana di Fisica e Astronomia book sub series (UNITEXTFIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages V-X
  2. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 1-27
  3. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 29-91
  4. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 93-132
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 133-155

About this book


These notes are designed as a text book for a course on the Modern Physics Theory for undergraduate students. The purpose is providing a rigorous and self-contained presentation of the simplest theoretical framework using elementary mathematical tools. A number of examples of relevant applications and an appropriate list of exercises and answered questions are also given.

The first part is devoted to Special Relativity concerning in particular space-time relativity and relativistic kinematics.

The second part deals with Schroedinger's formulation of quantum mechanics. The presentation concerns mainly one dimensional problems, in particular tunnel effect, discrete energy levels and band spectra.

The third part concerns the application of Gibbs statistical methods to quantum systems and in particular to Bose and Fermi gasses.


Lorentz transformation Quantum Physics Relativity Special relativity Statistical Physics quantum mechanics quantum system spectra

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Becchi and D’Elia … present in one book of lecture notes the topics that constituted the break with classical physics at the turn of the 20th century. … this book is geared toward undergraduate physics majors. … Very useful are the large collections of problems presented at the ends of the chapters. … For students who want to learn more about the topics that heralded the modern era of physics. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students." (U. Greife, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (7), 2008)

"The book is divided into three main chapters. … is normally addressed to undergraduate students. It is self-sustained with respect to the mathematical developments and includes some exercises. … For sure a technically interesting work … ." (Benoit Lance, Physicalia, Vol. 30 (2), 2008)