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The six core theories of modern physics

Author: Charles F Stevens
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This text presents a summary of the basic theoretical structures of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, special relativity and modern field  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles F Stevens
ISBN: 0262193590 9780262193597
OCLC Number: 34981022
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: x, 233 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface; Notational Conventions. Part 1 Mathematics: Vector Analysis; Linear Operators on Inner-Product Spaces; Green's Functions; The Calculus of Variations; Random Walk; Functional Calculus; Gaussian Random Processes*; Cartesian Tensors. Part 2 Classical Mechanics: Euler-Lagrange Equation: First Version; Hamilton's Principle; Multiple Particles in Three Dimensions; Euler-Lagrange Equation: Second Version; Hamilton's Equations; Poisson Brackets*. Part 3 Electricity and Magnetism: The Electrostatic Field; The Magnetostatic Field; The Electromagnetic Field; The Macroscopic Maxwell's Equations; Gauge Transformations*. Part 4 Quantum Mechanics: Fundamental Assumptions; Schrodinger's Equation; Next Steps; Momentum Representation; Operators; The Uncertainty Principle; The Schrodinger and Heisenberg Pictures; Time-Varying Forcing*. Part 5 Statistical Physics; Historical Context; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics; Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics*; Quantum Statistical Mechanics*. Part 6 Special Relativity: Einstein's Postulates and First Consequences; Theories Must Be Covariant. Part 7 Quantum Field Theory: The Lagrangian for a Mechanical Field; The Field-Transition Amplitude; The Feynman Propagator; Second Quantisation; Interacting Fields; Antiparticles. Additional Reading; Symbol Index; Equation Index; Subject Index.
Responsibility: Charles F. Stevens.


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