Basic Concepts in Physics

From the Cosmos to Quarks

  • Masud Chaichian
  • Hugo Perez Rojas
  • Anca Tureanu

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

  • Masud Chaichian
    • 1
  • Hugo Perez Rojas
    • 2
  • Anca Tureanu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsICIMAFLa HabanaCuba
  3. 3.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19598-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-19597-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-19598-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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