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Physics - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics | From Aristotle to Schrödinger - The Curiosity of Physics

From Aristotle to Schrödinger

The Curiosity of Physics

Modinos, Antonis

2014, XIII, 517 p. 182 illus.

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  • Offers a novel historical approach to the core subjects encountered in physics at the undergraduate level
  • Provides physics students with a grounding in the history and conceptual development of the subject
  • Provides a useful supplement to standard texts on general physics
  • Introduces the required mathematical concepts in an accessible way

From Aristotle to Schrödinger: The Curiosity of Physics offers a novel introduction to the topics commonly encountered in the first two years of an undergraduate physics course, including classical mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular physics, and astrophysics. The book presents physics as it evolved historically; it covers in considerable depth the development of the subject from ancient Greece to the present day. Though the emphasis is on the observations, experiments, theories, and applications of physics, there are additionally short sections on the life and times of the main protagonists of physics.

This book grew out of the author's long experience in giving undergraduate and graduate courses in classical physics and in quantum mechanics and its elementary applications. Although meant primarily for the student and teacher of physics, it will be of interest to other scientists and to historians of science, and to those who wish to know something about physics, how it started, and how it developed to its present day magnificence and sophistication.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Applications of Physics - Classical Mechanics - Core Physics - Development of Physics - History Physics Undergraduate Physics - History of Physics - Physics Biography - Quantum Mechanics - Quantum Theory - Thermodynamics

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - History of Science - Optics & Lasers - Quantum Physics - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

Table of contents 

The Language of Physics.- The Dawn of Science.- Astronomy Paves the Way.- Galileo: His Life and Work.- The 17th Century: The Bloom of Science.- Isaac Newton.- Classical Mechanics.- The Beginnings of Chemistry.- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics.- Electromagnetism.- Cathode Rays and X-Rays.- Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.- Quantum Mechanics.- Atoms, Molecules and Solids.- The Very Small and The Very Large.- Appendix A: Notes on Mathematics.- Appendix B: Physical Constants.

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