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Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

Physics: The Ultimate Adventure

Authors: Barrett, Ross, Delsanto, Pier Paolo, Tartaglia, Angelo

  • Explores the exciting concepts of modern physics, without the mathematics
  • Ideal introductory reading for those taking physics as optional course
  • Glamorous new discoveries of physics are made accessible to those without a scientific background
  • If you feel left out of the conversation at philosophers’ dinner parties, this book is definitely for you
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About this Textbook

This book explains - in simple terms and with almost no mathematics - the physics behind recent and glamorous discoveries in Cosmology, Quantum Mechanics, Elementary Particles (e.g. Higgs bosons) and Complexity Theory. En route it delves into the historical landmarks and revolutions that brought about our current understanding of the universe.

The book is written mainly for those with little scientific background, both college students and lay readers alike, who are curious about the world of modern physics. Unsolved problems are highlighted and the philosophical implications of the sometimes astounding modern discoveries are discussed. Along the way the reader gains an insight into the mindset and methodology of a physicist.

About the authors

Ross Barrett

Formerly a Research Fellow and Lecturer at four universities in Australia and Germany, and Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Adelaide, he has published over 60 research papers in experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics, atomic physics, signal processing, and underwater acoustics.

Pier Paolo Delsanto

Full Professor (now retired) and Director of Research in Condensed Matter Physics at the Politecnico of  Torino, Italy, has spent half of his professional life in Universities and Research Centers abroad. His research fields range from Nuclear Physics, Acoustics and Ultrasonics to modeling and simulations in Materials Science, Biology and Oncology, with more than two hundred scientific articles and books.

Angelo Tartaglia

Senior professor of physics in the Politecnico di Torino. His research topics are the theory of gravitation, general relativity and cosmology. Tartaglia is a member of the Italian Gravitational society (SIGRAV), the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the National Group of Mathematical Physics (GNFM).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The Whats and Wherefores of Physics

    Barrett, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Dramatis Personae (The Actors)

    Barrett, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 11-23

  • Is Physics an Exact Science?

    Barrett, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 25-38

  • Newton and Beyond

    Barrett, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 39-54

  • Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

    Barrett, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 55-62

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31691-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31690-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics: The Ultimate Adventure
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31691-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31691-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31690-1
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 218
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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