This is a textbook that derives the fundamental theories of physics from symmetry. It starts by introducing, in a completely self-contained way, all mathematical tools needed to use symmetry ideas in physics. Thereafter, these tools are put into action and by using symmetry constraints, the fundamental equations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, Electromagnetism, and Classical Mechanics are derived. As a result, the reader is able to understand the basic assumptions behind, and the connections between the modern theories of physics. The book concludes with first applications of the previously derived equations. Thanks to the input of readers from around the world, this second edition has been purged of typographical errors and also contains several revised sections with improved explanations.
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Table of ContentsPart I Foundations: Introduction.- Special Relativity.- Part II Symmetry Tools: Lie Group Theory.- The Framework.- Part III The Equations of Nature: Measuring Nature.- Free Theory.- Interaction Theory.- Part IV Applications: Quantum Mechanics.- Quantum Field Theory.- Classical Mechanics.- Electrodynamics.- Gravity.- Closing Words.- Part V Appendices: Vector Calculus.- Calculus.- Linear Algebra.- Additional Mathematical Notions.