A Course in Theoretical Physics

  • Filename: a-course-in-theoretical-physics.
  • ISBN: 9781118516928
  • Release Date: 2013-01-10
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Author: P. John Shepherd
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This book is a comprehensive account of five extended modules covering the key branches of twentieth-century theoretical physics, taught by the author over a period of three decades to students on bachelor and master university degree courses in both physics and theoretical physics. The modules cover nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, thermal and statistical physics, many-body theory, classical field theory (including special relativity and electromagnetism), and, finally, relativistic quantum mechanics and gauge theories of quark and lepton interactions, all presented in a single, self-contained volume. In a number of universities, much of the material covered (for example, on Einstein’s general theory of relativity, on the BCS theory of superconductivity, and on the Standard Model, including the theory underlying the prediction of the Higgs boson) is taught in postgraduate courses to beginning PhD students. A distinctive feature of the book is that full, step-by-step mathematical proofs of all essential results are given, enabling a student who has completed a high-school mathematics course and the first year of a university physics degree course to understand and appreciate the derivations of very many of the most important results of twentieth-century theoretical physics.

Theoretical Physics

  • Filename: theoretical-physics.
  • ISBN: 9783642779848
  • Release Date: 2012-12-06
  • Number of pages: 569
  • Author: Josef Honerkamp
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

This introduction to classical theoretical physics emerged from a course for students in the third and fourth semester, which the authors have given several times at the University of Freiburg (Germany). The goal of the course is to give the student a comprehensive and coherent overview of the principal areas of classical theoretical physics. In line with this goal, the content, the terminology, and the mathematical techniques of theoret ical physics are all presented along with applications, to serve as a solid foundation for further courses in the basic areas of experimental and theoretical physics. In conceiving the course, the authors had four interdependent goals in mind: • the presentation of a consistent overview, even at this elementary level • the establishment of a well-balanced interactive relationship between phys ical content and mathematical methods • a demonstration of the important applications of physics, and • an acquisition of the most important mathematical techniques needed to solve specific problems. In relation to the first point, it was necessary to limit the amount of material treated. This introductory course was not intended to preempt a later, primarily On the other hand, we aimed for a certain completeness in theoretical, course.

From Special Relativity to Feynman Diagrams

  • Filename: from-special-relativity-to-feynman-diagrams.
  • ISBN: 9788847015043
  • Release Date: 2011-09-28
  • Number of pages: 573
  • Author: Riccardo D'Auria
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The first two chapters of the book deal, in a detailed way, with relativistic kinematics and dynamics, while in the third chapter some elementary concepts of General Relativity are given. Eventually, after an introduction to tensor calculus, a Lorentz covariant formulation of electromagnetism is given its quantization is developed. For a proper treatment of invariance and conservation laws in physics, an introductory chapter on group theory is given. This introduction is propedeutical to the discussion of conservation laws in the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, which will allow us to export this formalism to quantum mechanics and, in particular, to introduce linear operators on quantum states and their transformation laws. In the last part of the book we analyze, in the first quantized formalism, relativistic field theory for both boson and fermion fields. The second quantization of free fields is then introduced and some preliminary concepts of perturbation theory and Feynmann diagrams are given and some relevant examples are worked out.

Fluid Mechanics

  • Filename: fluid-mechanics.
  • ISBN: 9780080570730
  • Release Date: 1987-08-17
  • Number of pages: 552
  • Author: L D Landau
  • Publisher: Elsevier

This is the most comprehensive introductory graduate or advanced undergraduate text in fluid mechanics available. It builds up from the fundamentals, often in a general way, to widespread applications, to technology and geophysics. New to this second edition are discussions on the universal dimensions similarity scaling for the laminar boundary layer equations and on the generalized vector field derivatives. In addition, new material on the generalized streamfunction treatment shows how streamfunction may be used in three-dimensional flows. Finally, a new Computational Fluid Dynamics chapter enables compulations of some simple flows and provides entry to more advanced literature. * Basic introduction to the subject of fluid mechanics, intended for undergraduate and beginning graduate students of science and engineering. * Includes topics of special interest for geophysicists and to engineers. * New and generalized treatment of similar laminar boundary layers, streamfunctions for three-dimensional flows, vector field derivatives, and gas dynamics. Also a new generalized treatment of boundary conditions in fluid mechanics, and expanded treatment of viscous flows.

Quantum Mechanics

  • Filename: quantum-mechanics.
  • ISBN: 9780080503486
  • Release Date: 1981-12-18
  • Number of pages: 689
  • Author: L D Landau
  • Publisher: Elsevier

This edition has been completely revised to include some 20% of new material. Important recent developments such as the theory of Regge poles are now included. Many problems with solutions have been added to those already contained in the book.

From Newton to Mandelbrot

  • Filename: from-newton-to-mandelbrot.
  • ISBN: 9783642867804
  • Release Date: 2013-11-11
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: D. Stauffer
  • Publisher: Springer

From Newton to Mandelbrot takes the student on a tour of the most important landmarks of theoretical physics: classical, quantum, and statistical mechanics, relativity, electrodynamics, and, the most modern and exciting of all, the physics of fractals. The treatment is confined to the essentials of each area, and short computer programs, numerous problems, and beautiful color illustrations round off this unusual textbook. Ideally suited for a one-year course in theoretical physics it will also prove useful in preparing and revising for exams. This edition is corrected and includes a new appendix on elementary particle physics, answers to all short questions, and a diskette where a selection of executable programs exploring the fractal concept can be found.

A Short Course in Quantum Information Theory

  • Filename: a-short-course-in-quantum-information-theory.
  • ISBN: 9783642161162
  • Release Date: 2011-06-03
  • Number of pages: 161
  • Author: Lajos Diosi
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

A Short Course in Quantum Information Theory strips down the field of quantum information science to its fundamentals by linking to universal concepts in physics. The text serves as an extensive lecture rather than a comprehensive textbook, and is based on courses delivered over several years.


  • Filename: mechanics.
  • ISBN: 9780080503479
  • Release Date: 1982-01-29
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: L D Landau
  • Publisher: Elsevier

Devoted to the foundation of mechanics, namely classical Newtonian mechanics, the subject is based mainly on Galileo's principle of relativity and Hamilton's principle of least action. The exposition is simple and leads to the most complete direct means of solving problems in mechanics. The final sections on adiabatic invariants have been revised and augmented. In addition a short biography of L D Landau has been inserted.

Advances in Theoretical Physics

  • Filename: advances-in-theoretical-physics.
  • ISBN: 9781483286952
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Alan H. Luther
  • Publisher: Elsevier

At Copenhagen in June 1988, the 80th Anniversary of the birth of L D Landau, the much respected Soviet physicist and author of the Course on Theoretical Physics, published by Pergamon Press, was celebrated with an International Symposium in his honour. The papers presented at that meeting are published here, providing an overview of recent progress in theoretical physics, covering super-string theories, chaos, high Tc superconductivity and biomolecules.


  • Filename: mechanics.
  • ISBN: 0750628960
  • Release Date: 1976-01-01
  • Number of pages: 170
  • Author: Lev Davidovich Landau
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Devoted to the foundation of mechanics, namely classical Newtonian mechanics, the subject is based mainly on Galileo's principle of relativity and Hamilton's principle of least action. The exposition is simple and leads to the most complete direct means of solving problems in mechanics. The final sections on adiabatic invariants have been revised and augmented. In addition a short biography of L D Landau has been inserted.

Electrodynamics of Continuous Media

  • Filename: electrodynamics-of-continuous-media.
  • ISBN: 9781483293752
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 1341
  • Author: L D Landau
  • Publisher: Elsevier

Covers the theory of electromagnetic fields in matter, and the theory of the macroscopic electric and magnetic properties of matter. There is a considerable amount of new material particularly on the theory of the magnetic properties of matter and the theory of optical phenomena with new chapters on spatial dispersion and non-linear optics. The chapters on ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism and on magnetohydrodynamics have been substantially enlarged and eight other chapters have additional sections.

Basic Theoretical Physics

  • Filename: basic-theoretical-physics.
  • ISBN: 9783540368052
  • Release Date: 2007-08-14
  • Number of pages: 452
  • Author: Uwe Krey
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

This concise treatment embraces, in four parts, all the main aspects of theoretical physics. Recent topics such as holography and quantum cryptography are included. The book summarizes what a graduate student, physicist working in industry, or a physics teacher should master during his or her degree course. It will also be useful for deepening one’s insight and it adds new dimensions to understanding of these elemental concepts.

Applications of Electrodynamics in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics

  • Filename: applications-of-electrodynamics-in-theoretical-physics-and-astrophysics.
  • ISBN: 2881247199
  • Release Date: 1989-11-20
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Author: David Ginsburg
  • Publisher: CRC Press

Based on a lecture course in physics and astrophysics. Ginzburg treats certain problems and methods that are not rigorously treated in most texts. These are associated with microscopic and macroscopic electrodynamics and material concerning the theory of transition radiation and transition scattering. He discusses recent ideas and results, such as the problem of toroidal dipole moments. Book club price, $42. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

A Course in Modern Mathematical Physics

  • Filename: a-course-in-modern-mathematical-physics.
  • ISBN: 0521829607
  • Release Date: 2004-12-16
  • Number of pages: 600
  • Author: Peter Szekeres
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides an introduction to the mathematics of modern physics, presenting concepts and techniques in mathematical physics at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It aims to introduce the reader to modern mathematical thinking within a physics setting. Topics covered include tensor algebra, differential geometry, topology, Lie groups and Lie algebras, distribution theory, fundamental analysis and Hilbert spaces. The book includes exercises and worked examples, to test the students' understanding of the various concepts, as well as extending the themes covered in the main text.

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