Highlights include three new chapters on Newton's laws one on ancient astronomy up to the time of Galileo, one on Galile o, and one on Newton ; a new chapter on dimensional methods, chaos and self-orga nized criticality; and a new chapter on the technology of cosmology. Although al l the arguments are presented precisely in physical and mathematical terminology , the book is written in a relatively non-technical manner, intended to convey a deep understanding and appreciation of the incredible achievements of theorists in creating the structure of modern physics. Learn more about Scribd Membership Home. Much more than documents. Discover everything Scribd has to offer, including books and audiobooks from major publishers.
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It is rare to find a course beyond the introductory level that places an entire field in perspective, so that the instructor may dwell on the subtleties and the power of the important concepts without having to worry about getting bogged down in providing the necessary technical background.
Longair has had an opportunity to put together such a course, and the book under review is the happy by-product. Longair approaches the development of the theoretical concepts of physics by means of seven case studies. These are "The origins of Newton's law of gravitation," "Maxwell's equations," "Mechanics and dynamics," "Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics," "The origins of the concept of quanta," "Special relativity," and "General relativity and cosmology.
Theoretical concepts in physics. Author: Charles M. Date: June 7, From: Science Vol. Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Document Type: Book review. Length: words. Theoretical Physics It is rare to find a course beyond the introductory level that places an entire field in perspective, so that the instructor may dwell on the subtleties and the power of the important concepts without having to worry about getting bogged down in providing the necessary technical background.
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Theoretical Concepts in Physics: An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics
Malcolm S. A highly original, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics. This book illuminates the subject from the perspective of real physics as practised by research scientists. It is intended to be a supplement to the final years of an undergraduate course in physics and assumes that the reader has some grasp of university physics.
Theoretical concepts in physics
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Malcolm S. He has held many senior positions in physics and astronomy, and has served on and chaired many national and international committees, boards and panels, working with both NASA and the European Space Agency. He has received much recognition for his work, including a CBE in the millennium honours list for his services to astronomy and cosmology. In this highly individual, and truly novel, approach to theoretical reasoning in physics, the author has provided a course that illuminates the subject from the standpoint of real physics as practised by research scientists. Professor Longair gives the basic insights, attitudes, and techniques that are the tools of the professional physicist, in a manner that conveys the intellectual excitement and beauty of the subject. The book is intended to be a supplement to more traditional courses for physics undergraduates, and the author assumes that his readers already have some knowledge of the main branches of physics. As the story unfolds, much of the core material of an undergraduate course in physics is reviewed from a more mature point of view.