Thinking about Physics

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"A significant contribution: clear, concise, and useful. A welcome addition, particularly for its modern flavor and for its writing, which is one of its strongest points. No other book so successfully integrates so much material into such a coherent and readable form."—Gregory Derry, author of What Science Is and How It Works

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Editorial Reviews

Science - Chris Quigg
In Thinking About Physics, a fast-paced and challenging collection of essays, Newton appears as an opinionated yet approachable discussion leader.. . . Newton cuts a wide swath and sprinkles his analysis with provocations that make it hard to be a passive reader.
European Journal of Physics - H. Rechenberg
Presents the essence of a great deal of modern physical theory in both a condensed and leisurely digestible form.
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"In Thinking About Physics, a fast-paced and challenging collection of essays, Newton appears as an opinionated yet approachable discussion leader.. . . Newton cuts a wide swath and sprinkles his analysis with provocations that make it hard to be a passive reader."—Chris Quigg, Science

"In brief, this book is a history of theoretical physics but is not lacking in interpretation of experimental results. . . . [It] will interest anyone who wants to understand the basic concepts of physics."—
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"Presents the essence of a great deal of modern physical theory in both a condensed and leisurely digestible form."—H. Rechenberg, European Journal of Physics

Science
In Thinking About Physics, a fast-paced and challenging collection of essays, Newton appears as an opinionated yet approachable discussion leader.. . . Newton cuts a wide swath and sprinkles his analysis with provocations that make it hard to be a passive reader.
— Chris Quigg
Choice
In brief, this book is a history of theoretical physics but is not lacking in interpretation of experimental results. . . . [It] will interest anyone who wants to understand the basic concepts of physics.
European Journal of Physics
Presents the essence of a great deal of modern physical theory in both a condensed and leisurely digestible form.
— H. Rechenberg
Science
In Thinking About Physics, a fast-paced and challenging collection of essays, Newton appears as an opinionated yet approachable discussion leader.. . . Newton cuts a wide swath and sprinkles his analysis with provocations that make it hard to be a passive reader.
— Chris Quigg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691095530
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2002
  • Series: Mathematical Sciences Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Theories 27
Ch. 2 The State of a Physical System 43
Ch. 3 The Power of Mathematics 58
Ch. 4 Fields and Particles 86
Ch. 5 Symmetry in Physics 106
Ch. 6 Causality and Probability 124
Ch. 7 Arrows of Time 150
Ch. 8 Quantum Mechanics and Reality 165
Epilogue 179
Further Reading 181
Bibliography 187
Index 193
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