物理学における理論的概念(第2版)<br>Theoretical Concepts in Physics : An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics (2ND)

物理学における理論的概念(第2版)
Theoretical Concepts in Physics : An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics (2ND)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 569 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521528788
  • DDC分類 530.1

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A highly original, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics. This book illuminates the subject from the perspective of real physics as practised by research scientists. It is intended to be a supplement to the final years of an undergraduate course in physics and assumes that the reader has some grasp of university physics. By means of a series of seven case studies, the author conveys the excitement of research and discovery, highlighting the intellectual struggles to attain understanding of some of the most difficult concepts in physics. Case studies include the origins of Newton's law of gravitation, Maxwell's equations, mechanics and dynamics, linear and non-linear, thermodynamics and statistical physics, the origins of the concepts of quanta, special relativity, general relativity and cosmology. The approach is the same as that in the highly acclaimed first edition, but the text has been completely revised and many new topics introduced.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
Case Study 1. The Origins of Newton's Law of
Gravitation: 2. From Ptolemy to Kepler - the
Copernican revolution
3. Galileo and the nature of the physical
sciences
4. Newton and the law of gravity
Case Study 2. Maxwell's Equations: 5. The
origin of Maxwell's equations
6. How to rewrite the history of
electromagnetism
Case Study 3. Mechanics and Dynamics - Linear
and Non-linear: 7. Approaches to mechanics and
dynamics
8. Dimensional analysis, chaos and
self-organised criticality
Case Study 4. Thermodynamics and Statistical
Physics: 9. Basic thermodynamics
10. Kinetic theory and the origin of
statistical mechanics
Case Study 5. The Origins of the Concept of
Quanta: 11. Black-body radiation up to 1895
12. 1895-1900: Planck and the spectrum of
black-body radiation
13. Planck's theory of black-body radiation
14. Einstein and the quantisation of light
15. The triumph of the quantum hypothesis
Case Study 6. Special Relativity: 16. Special
relativity - a study of invariance
Case Study 7. General Relativity and Cosmology:
17. An introduction to general relativity
18. The technology of cosmology
19. Cosmology
20. Epilogue.