Theoretical Physics

Theoretical Physics

by Georg Joos, Ira M. Freeman
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Theoretical Physics by Georg Joos, Ira M. Freeman

Among the finest, most comprehensive treatments of theoretical physics ever written, this classic volume comprises a superb introduction to the main branches of the discipline and offers solid grounding for further research in a variety of fields. Students will find no better one-volume coverage of so many essential topics; moreover, since its first publication, the book has been substantially revised and updated with additional material on Bessel functions, spherical harmonics, superconductivity, elastomers, and other subjects.
The first four chapters review mathematical topics needed by theoretical and experimental physicists (vector analysis, mathematical representation of periodic phenomena, theory of vibrations and waves, theory of functions of a complex variable, the calculus of variations, and more). This material is followed by exhaustive coverage of mechanics (including elasticity and fluid mechanics, as well as relativistic mechanics), a highly detailed treatment of electromagnetic theory, and thorough discussions of thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics.
Now available for the first time in paperback, this wide-ranging overview also contains an extensive 40-page appendix which provides detailed solutions to the numerous exercises included throughout the text. Although first published over 50 years ago, the book remains a solid, comprehensive survey, so well written and carefully planned that undergraduates as well as graduate students of theoretical and experimental physics will find it an indispensable reference they will turn to again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486652276
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 03/01/1987
Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 885
Sales rank: 99,696
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)

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Theoretical Physics 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AdamBruce More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this work for little for than six dollars on B&N, I wasn't expecting nearly the legthly and well written exposition of general theoretical physics that I recieved. The first four chapters cover many of the mathemattical prerequisites to the various theories -vector mechanics and the like, and the chapters are written very well, so that anyone with enough familiarity with the mathematics could understand them. It contains a significant portion of the work in theoretical physics done in the last century and because of that is a very handy reference. Overall this was a great buy, and I recomend it to any student of physics such as myself
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't recommend a better book for self-study, that would help the reader to make the tranistion from elementary/undergraduate to advanced physics. Almost all areas of theoretical physics are covered, with each topic treated in a clear and precise manner. The required higher math is covered in the first four chapters (the reader is assumed to have undergone a standard course in Calculus including differential equations). There are numerous well placed examples that help clarify the concepts. Solutions for most of the problems are given at the end. After thoroughly digesting the material in this book, the reader can move on to the masterful exposition of theoretical physics series by Landau (Ten volumes, 'Course in theoretical physics').
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