Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Physics

Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Physics

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The conceptual changes brought by modern physics are important, radical and fascinating, yet they are only vaguely understood by people working outside the field. Exploring the four pillars of modern physics - relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles and cosmology - this clear and lively account will interest anyone who has wondered what Einstein, Bohr, Schrodinger and Heisenberg were really talking about. The book discusses quarks and leptons, antiparticles and Feynman diagrams, curved space-time, the Big Bang and the expanding Universe. Suitable for undergraduate students in non-science as well as science subjects, it uses problems and worked examples to help readers develop an understanding of what recent advances in physics actually mean.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 90 b/w illus. 110 exercises
  • 1139848577
  • 9781139848572

Table of contents

1. Classical foundations; 2. Special relativity; 3. Quantum mechanics; 4. Elementary particles; 5. Cosmology.show more

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"Nonspecialists and nonscientists curious about such topics as spacetime, the EPR paradox, chromodynamics, and the origins of matter will find this concise account a helpful introduction. He [Griffiths] reconnoiters relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, and cosmology. Worked examples and scattered problems serve to reinforce readers' comprehension." Scienceshow more

About David J. Griffiths

David J. Griffiths is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Reed College. He is the author of three highly-regarded physics textbooks: Introduction to Electrodynamics (third edition, Pearson, 1999), Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (second edition, Pearson, 2004) and Introduction to Elementary Particles (second edition, Wiley-VCH, 2008).show more

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