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Theoretical concepts in physics : an alternative view of theoretical reasoning in physics

Author: M S Longair
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This second edition of a popular text demonstrates how physics can be appreciated through a series of case studies spanning a complete university physics course. Highlights include three new chapters on Newton's laws (one on ancient astronomy up to the time of Galileo, one on Galileo, and one on Newton); a new chapter on dimensional methods, chaos and self-organized criticality; and a new chapter on the technology  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M S Longair
ISBN: 052152878X 9780521528788 0521821266 9780521821261
OCLC Number: 50028636
Description: xvii, 569 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Origins of Newton's Law of Gravitation --
From Ptolemy to Kepler --
the Copernican revolution --
Galileo and the nature of the physical sciences --
Newton and the law of gravity --
Maxwell's Equations --
The origin of Maxwell's equations --
How to rewrite the history of electromagnetism --
Mechanics and Dynamics --
Linear and Non-linear --
Approaches to mechanics and dynamics --
Dimensional analysis, chaos and self-organised criticality --
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics --
Basic thermodynamics --
Kinetic theory and the origin of statistical mechanics --
The Origins of the Concept of Quanta --
Black-body radiation up to 1895 --
1895-1900: Planck and the spectrum of black-body radiation --
Planck's theory of black-body radiation --
Einstein and the quantisation of light --
The triumph of the quantum hypothesis --
Special Relativity --
Special relativity --
a study of invariance --
General Relativity and Cosmology --
An introduction to general relativity --
The technology of cosmology --
Cosmology.
Responsibility: Malcolm S. Longair.
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