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    DescriptionOur understanding of the physical universe underwent a revolution in the early twentieth century - evolving from the classical physics of Newton, Galileo, and Maxwell to the modern physics of relativity and quantum mechanics. The dominant figure in this revolutionary change was Albert Einstein. In a single year, 1905, Einstein produced breakthrough works in three areas of physics: on the size and the effects of atoms; on the quantization of the electromagnetic field; and on the special theory of relativity. In 1916 he produced a fourth breakthrough work, the general theory of relativity. A Student's Guide to Einstein's Major Papers focuses on Einstein's contributions, setting his major works into their historical context, and then takes the reader through the details of each paper, including the mathematics. This book helps the reader appreciate the simplicity and insightfulness of Einstein's ideas and how revolutionary his work was, and locate it in the evolution of scientific thought begun by the ancient Greek natural philosophers.


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    Title
    A Student's Guide to Einstein's Major Papers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert E. Kennedy
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 196 mm
    Height: 250 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 802 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199694037
    ISBN 10: 0199694036
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI051000
    LC classification: QB
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 523
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000
    DC22: 530.1092
    DC23: 530.1092
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PH
    Illustrations note
    58 b/w illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    02 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Dr. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, and since 1966 has been a professor in the Department of Physics at Creighton University. Dr. Kennedy has taught physics at Creighton University for over forty years, and has developed a number of courses based on the works of Albert Einstein, beginning in the 1970s with a request from the college to develop a "non-threatening" science course for the non-science majors. In 2008 Creighton University awarded to Dr. Kennedy the designation of Professor Emeritus and of Dean Emeritus.
    Review quote
    Kennedys book is a splendid contribution to guiding students and scholars to an appreciation of Einsteins Major Papers. It promotes insight into these majestic masterworks. Contemporary Physics Recommended in the Times Higher Education's Textbook Guide 2012 Donny Harwood, Times Higher Education
    Table of contents
    1. Setting the Stage for 1905 ; 2. Radiation and the Quanta ; 3. The Atom and Brownian Motion ; 4. The Special Theory of Relativity ; 5. The General Theory of Relativity ; 6. Einstein and the Evolution of Quantum Mechanics ; 7. Epilogue