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Theories of Matter, Space and Time, Volume 1

Classical theories
Nick Evans, Steve King F


This book and its sequel, Theories of Matter, Space and Time: Classical theories, Volume 2, grew out of courses that are taught by the authors on the undergraduate degree program in physics at The University of Southampton, UK. The aim is to move beyond the initial courses in classical mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum theory to more sophisticated views of these subjects and their interdependence. 

In this first book, several key areas of study are introduced. Firstly, the Principle of Least Action, an alternative treatment of Newtonian Dynamics, that provides new understanding of conservation laws. Secondly, Special Relativity, including four-vector notation. Thirdly, the integral and differential forms of Maxwell's Equations are discussed before massaging them to four-vector form so that the Lorentz boost properties of electric and magnetic fields were transparent.

This second volume looks at ideas to the arena of quantum mechanics. Between the two volumes, the authors hope to move a student's understanding from their first courses to a place where they are ready to embark on graduate-level courses on quantum field theory.

About Editors

Nick Evans completed his PhD in collider phenomenology in 1993 at the University of Southampton, UK. He performed his early research work at Yale and Boston universities in the US before returning to Southampton in 1999 on a UK government five-year fellowship. He is now a Professor at the University of Southampton and the Director of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering Graduate School.

Steve King completed his PhD in QCD perturbation theory in 1980 at The University of Manchester, UK. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, where he worked on composite models, before moving to Harvard and Boston universities in the US, where he worked on technicolour and collider phenomenology. Returning to Southampton in 1987, he won a five-year fellowship to work on lattice QCD and top quark condensates. He is now Professor and First Year Director of Studies in Physics and Astronomy at Southampton. 

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Paperback ISBN: 9780750328937

Ebook ISBN: 9781681746999

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4696-8

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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