Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising Insights by Thanu PadmanabhanSleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising Insights by Thanu Padmanabhan

Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising Insights

byThanu Padmanabhan

Paperback | March 18, 2015

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This book addresses a fascinating set of questions in theoretical physics which will both entertain and enlighten all students, teachers and researchers and other physics aficionados. These range from Newtonian mechanics to quantum field theory and cover several puzzling issues that do not appear in standard textbooks. Some topics cover conceptual conundrums, the solutions to which lead to surprising insights; some correct popular misconceptions in the textbook discussion of certain topics; others illustrate deep connections between apparently unconnected domains of theoretical physics; and a few provide remarkably simple derivations of results which are not often appreciated. The connoisseur of theoretical physics will enjoy a feast of pleasant surprises skilfully prepared by an internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist. Each topic is introduced with proper background discussion and special effort is taken to make the discussion self-contained, clear and comprehensible to anyone with an undergraduate education in physics.
Professor Padmanabhan, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is currently a Distinguished Professor at IUCAA, Pune, India. A gifted researcher and teacher, he has published nearly 250 technical papers and authored ten books which have made significant impact. His research has won prizes six times in recent years from the Gravity Resea...
Title:Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising InsightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pagesPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Kepler and His Problem.- Potentials of Potatoes: A Surprise in Newtonian Gravity.- Thomas Precession.- Foucault Meets Thomas.- Isochronous Potentials.- Ambiguities in Fluid Flow.- Lagrange Has (more than) a Point!.- Extreme Physics.- Random Walk Through Random Walks I.- Random Walk Through Random Walks II.- Thermodynamics of Self-Gravitating Particles.- Why Does an Accelerated Charge Radiate?.- Angular Momentum of Electromagnetic Field.- Paraxial Optics and Lenses.- The Logarithms of Physics.- Quantum Mechanics on the Run.- Perturbing Coulomb to Avoid Accidents!.- Wigner's Function and Semi-Classical Limit.- Hubble Expansion for Pedestrians.- Schwarszchild Metric at a Discounted Price.- The Optics of Particles.- The Power of Nothing.- Real Effects from Imaginary Time.- Why are Black Holes Hot?

Editorial Reviews

"It would be hard to find someone whowould learn nothing from this book. . I think that most physicists would bothbenefit from and enjoy working through the arguments . presented here. . Irecommend it highly." (Phillip Helbig, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1250),February, 2016)"In Thanu Padmanabhan's new book,Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising Insights, he aims toimpart to aspiring theorists some of the important connections and techniques -spanning gravitation, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantummechanics - that he's learned over his career. . All in all, Sleeping Beautiesin Theoretical Physics is a potentially excellent resource for those looking toadd to their mental tool kit and sharpen their theoretical skills." (EthanSiegel, Physics Today, November, 2015)"The collection is a highly suitable pedagogic material and should be a must read for anyone who is interested in Physics, either for a career or for pleasure. It should require no more expertise than is available to an advanced undergraduate student of Physics or allied disciplines. I recommend that this is definitely acquired by all college libraries." (R. Ramachandran, IAPT Physics Education, Vol. 31 (2), April-June, 2015)