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Einstein's physics : atoms, quanta, and relativity derived, explained, and appraised

Author: Ta-Pei Cheng
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many regard Albert Einstein as the greatest physicist since Newton. What exactly did he do that is so important in physics? We provide an introduction to his physics at a level accessible to an undergraduate physics student. All equations are worked out in detail from the beginning.
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Cheng, Ta-Pei.
Einstein's physics.
Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press, ©2013
(DLC) 2012554428
(OCoLC)812067158
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ta-Pei Cheng
ISBN: 9780191648762 0191648760 9781299184596 1299184596
OCLC Number: 828198149
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 350 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Part I. Atomic Nature of Matter. 1. Molecular size from classical fluids; 2. The Brownian motion --
Part II. Quantum Theory. 3. Blackbody radiation : from Kirchhoff to Planck; 4. Einstein's proposal of light quanta; 5. Quantum theory of specific heat; 6. Waves, particles, and quantum jumps; 7. Bose-Einstein statistics and condensation; 8. Local reality and the Einstein-Bohr debate --
Part III. Special Relativity. 9. Prelude to special relativity; 10. The new kinematics and E=mc²; 11. Geometric formulation of relativity --
Part IV. General Relativity. 12. Towards a general theory of relativity; 13. Curved spacetime as a gravitational field; 14. The Einstein field equation; 15. Cosmology --
Part V. Walking in Einstein's Steps: 16. Internal symmetry and gauge interactions; 17. The Kaluza-Klein theory and extra dimensions --
Part VI. Appendices: A. Mathematics supplements; B. Einstein's papers; C. Answers to the 21 Einstein questions.
Responsibility: Ta-Pei Cheng.

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