Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem

Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem

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A beautiful piece of mathematics, Noether's Theorem touches on every aspect of physics. Emmy Noether proved her theorem in 1915 and published it in 1918. This profound concept demonstrates the connection between conservation laws and symmetries. For instance, the theorem shows that a system invariant under translations of time, space, or rotation will obey the laws of conservation of energy, linear momentum, or angular momentum, respectively. This exciting result offers a rich unifying principle for all of physics. Dwight E. Neuenschwander's introduction to the theorem's genesis, applications, and consequences artfully unpacks its universal importance and unsurpassed elegance. Drawing from over thirty years of teaching the subject, Neuenschwander uses mechanics, optics,geometry, and field theory to point the way to a deep understanding of Noether's Theorem. The three sections provide a step-by-step, simple approach to the less-complex concepts surrounding the theorem, in turn instilling the knowledge and confidence needed to grasp the full wonder it encompasses. Illustrations and worked examples throughout each chapter serve as signposts on the way to this apex of physics. Noether's Theorem is an essential principle of post-introductory physics. This handy guide includes end-of-chapter questions for review and appendixes detailing key related physics concepts for further study.

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • 07 Jan 2011
  • JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Baltimore, MD
  • English
  • 15 black & white line drawings
  • 0801896940
  • 9780801896941
  • 131,771

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Dwight E. Neuenschwander is a professor of physics at Southern Nazarene University and editor of the Society of Physics Students Publications of the American Institute of Physics. He won the Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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Neuenschwander writes well and gives thorough explanations. Choice 2011

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