Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts

Volume I: The Heavens and The Earth

Authors: Kuehn, Kerry

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to physics based on foundational texts in physics and astronomy
  • Contains a coherent and self-contained general physics curriculum which can be readily implemented at the college or advanced high-school level
  • Encourages a critical and circumspect approach to the study of natural science, while developing a suitable foundation for advanced coursework in physics
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About this Textbook

This book provides a chronological introduction to the sciences of astronomy and cosmology based on the reading and analysis of significant selections from classic texts, such as Ptolemy’s The Almagest, Kepler’s Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, Shapley’s Galaxies and Lemaître’s The Primeval Atom.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis, and conclusions. Numerical and observational exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text.

The Heavens and the Earth is the first of four volumes in A Student’s Guide Through the Great Physics Texts. This book grew out of a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science, while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics.

This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy. It also serves as a textbook for advanced high-school students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

About the authors

Kerry Kuehn is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He is a member of the American Physical Society and an Advisory Council member for NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and Fidelitas (WLC Honors Program).

He has designed and taught courses including "The Heavens and the Earth," "Space, Time and Motion," "Electricity, Magnetism and Light," and "Computerized Instrumentation and Design."

Reviews

“Kuehn (Wisconsin Lutheran College) attempts to cover the gamut of knowledge discerned by astronomers and physicists over many centuries, ranging from the distant skies to the atom. … Kuehn then elaborates on crucial questions and provides students with exercises and a few experimental/observational activities. … Copious notes, good references, diagrams and illustrations. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and researchers/faculty.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 52 (9), May, 2015)


Table of contents (29 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts
Book Subtitle
Volume I: The Heavens and The Earth
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1360-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1360-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1359-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5270-0
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 396
Number of Illustrations and Tables
68 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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