A Students Guide to Einsteins Major Papers

Hardcover | February 21, 2012

byRobert E Kennedy

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Our 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 AlbertEinstein. 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 ofrelativity. 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 ofEinstein'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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Our 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 AlbertEinstein. In a single year, 1905, Einstein produced ...

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, beginni...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694036

ISBN - 13:9780199694037

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Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage for 19052. Radiation and the Quanta3. The Atom and Brownian Motion4. The Special Theory of Relativity5. The General Theory of Relativity6. Einstein and the Evolution of Quantum Mechanics7. Epilogue

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"Kennedy turns Einstein's famous papers into a physics textbook for ambitious students. Want to understand what Einstein really did in 1905? Here is a book that will guide you in your efforts to master the physics of Einstein's legacy. Not an easy read, but a rewarding one!" --Tilman Sauer, California Institute of Technology, USA