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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.
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|