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Elements for physics : quantities, qualities, and intrinsic theories

Author: Albert Tarantola
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2006.
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"While usual presentations of physical theories emphasize the notion of physical quantity, this book shows that there is much to gain when introducing the notion of physical quality. The usual physical quantities simply appear as coordinates over the manifolds representing the physical qualities. This allows to develop physical theories that have a degree of invariance much deeper than the usual one. It is shown  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Tarantola, Albert.
Elements for physics.
Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2006
(DLC) 2005935447
(OCoLC)68373033
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Tarantola
ISBN: 9783540253020 3540253025 9783540311072 3540311076
OCLC Number: 225373713
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 263 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Geotensors --
Tangent Autoparallel Mappings --
Quantities and Measurable Qualities --
Intrinsic Physical Theories.
Responsibility: Albert Tarantola.
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Uses a unifying illustration: two simple theories are studied with some detail, the theory of heat conduction and the theory of linear elastic media. This book shows that the resulting equations  Read more...

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