Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

From Aristotle to Schrödinger

The Curiosity of Physics

Authors: Modinos, Antonis

  • 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
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About this Textbook

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.

About the authors

Antonis Modinos is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. During his career, he has taught a variety of subjects, in both physics and mathematics, at various levels, including Electromagnetism, Physical Electronics, and Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Physicists at the University of Salford, UK. He has published approximately 80 research papers (of which 4 are invited review articles) and two books, including Field, Thermionic, and Secondary Electron Emission Spectroscopy (Plenum Press, 1984); and Quantum Theory of Matter – A Novel Introduction (John Wiley & Songs, 1996).

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“Intended for physics students (formal or informal) and for physics instructors at all levels, the book is a valuable supplement to standard textbooks since it focuses on key experiments, competing theories, and critical analysis that highlight how the core theories of physics have developed and changed over generations of reflective critiques. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty in physics; well-prepared general readers.” (J. R. Burciaga, Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Aristotle to Schrödinger
Book Subtitle
The Curiosity of Physics
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00750-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00750-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00749-6
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 517
Number of Illustrations and Tables
182 b/w illustrations
Topics