Mathematical Physics

A Modern Introduction to Its Foundations

  • Sadri┬áHassani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXI
  2. Sadri Hassani
    Pages 1-16
  3. Finite-Dimensional Vector Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
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      Pages 19-61
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      Pages 63-100
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      Pages 101-136
    5. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 137-168
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      Pages 169-211
  4. Infinite-Dimensional Vector Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 215-239
    3. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 241-263
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      Pages 265-292
  5. Complex Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 295-337
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      Pages 339-361
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  6. Differential Equations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
    2. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 417-457
    3. Sadri Hassani
      Pages 459-491

About this book

Introduction

The goal of this book is to expose the reader to the indispensable role that mathematics---often very abstract---plays in modern physics. Starting with the notion of vector spaces, the first half of the book develops topics as diverse as algebras, classical orthogonal polynomials, Fourier analysis, complex analysis, differential and integral equations, operator theory, and multi-dimensional Green's functions. The second half of the book introduces groups, manifolds, Lie groups and their representations, Clifford algebras and their representations, and fiber bundles and their applications to differential geometry and gauge theories.

This second edition is a substantial revision of the first one with a complete rewriting of many chapters and the addition of new ones, including chapters on algebras, representation of Clifford algebras and spinors, fiber bundles, and gauge theories. The spirit of the first edition, namely the balance between rigor and physical application, has been maintained, as is the abundance of historical notes and worked out examples that demonstrate the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in modern physics.

Einstein has famously said, "The most incomprehensible thing about nature is that it is comprehensible." What he had in mind was reiterated in another one of his famous quotes concerning the question of how " ... mathematics, being after all a product of human thought, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality." It is a question that comes to everyone's mind when encountering the highly abstract mathematics required for a deep understanding of modern physics. It is the experience that Eugene Wigner so profoundly described as "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences."

Authors and affiliations

  • Sadri┬áHassani
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois State University Department of PhysicsNormalUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-01195-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01194-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01195-0
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