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Explorations in mathematical physics : the concepts behind an elegant language

Author: Don Koks
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2006.
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Have you ever wondered why the language of modern physics centres on geometry? Or how quantum operators and Dirac brackets work? What a convolution really is? What tensors are all about? Or what field theory and lagrangians are, and why gravity is described as curvature? This book takes you on a tour of the main ideas forming the language of modern mathematical physics. Here you will meet novel approaches to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Koks, Don.
Explorations in mathematical physics.
New York : Springer, ©2006
(DLC) 2005937073
(OCoLC)68804198
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Koks
ISBN: 9780387327938 0387327932 0387309438 9780387309439
OCLC Number: 209919947
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 539 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The language of physics --
A trip down linear lane --
The natural language of random processes --
A roundabout route to geometric algebra --
Special relativity and the Lorentz transform --
Four-vectors and the road to tensors --
Accelerated frames : onward to the principle of covariance --
The elegance and power of tensor notation --
Curvature and differential geometry --
Variational calculus and field theory --
The green function approach to solving field equations --
Airliners, black holes, and cosmology : the ABC of general relativity.
Responsibility: Don Koks.

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Have you ever wondered why the language of modern physics centres on geometry? Or how quantum operators and Dirac brackets work? What tensors are all about? Or what field theory and lagrangians are,  Read more...

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