The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics

Paperback | August 26, 1996

byCharles F. Stevens

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Charles Stevens, a prominent neurobiologist who originally trained as a biophysicist (with George Uhlenbeck and Mark Kac), wrote this book almost by accident. Each summer he found himself reviewing key areas of physics that he had once known and understood well, for use in his present biological research. Since there was no book, he created his own set of notes, which formed the basis for this brief, clear, and self-contained summary of the basic theoretical structures of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, special relativity, and quantum field theory.The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics can be used by advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students as a supplement to the standard texts or for an uncluttered, succinct review of the key areas. Professionals in such quantitative sciences as chemistry, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and biophysics who need to brush up on the essentials of a particular area will find most of the required background material, including the mathematics.

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The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics reviews all the key areas of physics in one place. It provides a brief, clear, and self-contained summary of the basic theoretical structures of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, special relativity, and quantum field theory. In addition, the m...

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Charles Stevens, a prominent neurobiologist who originally trained as a biophysicist (with George Uhlenbeck and Mark Kac), wrote this book almost by accident. Each summer he found himself reviewing key areas of physics that he had once known and understood well, for use in his present biological research. Since there was no book, he cr...

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The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics reviews all the key areas of physics in one place. It provides a brief, clear, and self-contained summary of the basic theoretical structures of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, special relativity, and quantum field theory. In addition, the m...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:August 26, 1996Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262691884

ISBN - 13:9780262691888

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The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics reviews all the key areas of physics in one place. It provides a brief, clear, and self-contained summary of the basic theoretical structures of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, special relativity, and quantum field theory. In addition, the mathematics required for these areas is conveniently summarized in the initial chapter. Advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students can use The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics as a supplement to the standard texts or for an unclutterred, succinct review of the key areas. Professionals in such quantitative sciences as chemistry, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and biophysics who need to brush up on the essentials of a particular area will find most of the required background material, including the mathematics. Chapters may be read in any order, although the order in which they appear indicates roughly their level of difficulty and the extent to which a particular chapter depends on knowledge and soph

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"The Six Core Theories of Modern Physics is a useful and amazinglycompact compendium of the central equations and concepts of modernphysics, treating broad areas while stressing their underlyingunity. It stands as an ideal summary of all that a beginninggraduate student should have learned, and that other scientistswith a physics background will want to recall." Dr. Daniel Gardner, Cornell University Medical College