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Overview

Now, at long last, we have a comprehensive - and comprehensible - account of particles, fields, and cosmology, written by a working physicist who does not burden the reader with the weight of ponderous scientific notation. Performing the difficult task of predigesting complex concepts, Robert K. Adair gives non scientists access to what often appears to be an arcane discipline, and captures the joy of discovery which lies at the heart of research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195060690
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Adair is Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Yale University. He is the author of Concepts in Physics and (with Earle C. Fowler) Strange Particles.

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Table of Contents

1 Concepts in Physics 3
2 Invariance and Conservation Laws 14
3 Covariance, Scalars, Vectors, and Tensors 30
4 The Discrete in Nature--The Atoms of Demokritos 38
5 The Continuum in Nature--Faraday's Fields 49
6 The Nature of Space and Time--The Special Theory of Relativity 67
7 The Equivalence Principle and the General Theory of Relativity 103
8 The Electromagnetic Field--The First Unified Field Theory 128
9 The Problem of Change--The Second Law of Thermodynamics 140
10 Quantum Mechanics--Determinism to Probability 149
11 The Atom--A Quantum Laboratory 194
12 Fundamental Particles and Forces--An Introduction 208
13 Symmetries and Conservation Laws--CPT 230
14 The Strong Interactions 248
15 The Weak Interactions 280
16 Cosmology--The World's Beginning and End 308
17 Gauge Invariance--The Unification of Fields 325
18 To the Ultimate Theory--Through a Glass Darkly 344
Index 370
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