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Concepts of Modern Physics [Hardcover]

Arthur Beiser
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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March 8, 2002 0072448482 978-0072448481 6
Modern Physics is the most up-to-date, accessible presentation of modern physics available. The book is intended to be used in a one-semester course covering modern physics for students who have already had basic physics and calculus courses. The balance of the book leans more toward ideas than toward experimental methods and practical applications because the beginning student is better served by a conceptual framework than by a mass of details. The sequence of topics follows a logical, rather than strictly historical, order. Relativity and quantum ideas are considered first to provide a framework for understanding the physics of atoms and nuclei. The theory of the atom is then developed, and followed by a discussion of the properties of aggregates of atoms, which includes a look at statistical mechanics. Finally atomic nuclei and elementary particles are examined.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072448482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072448481
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistencies and Typos January 16, 2002
By John
...While understanding can come from this book, the numerous typos distract, confuse, and degrade the quality of it. Examples of this include the following: on page 7, the definitions for t_0 and t should be switched (although it's all relative); on pages 39, 40, and 41, there are occasions where a prime ' is either lacking or misplaced; on page 43, a variable dz' should be replaced by dx'. Page 137, example 4.5 (b) gives contradictory exponents. The correct exponents are ^2 throughout. The answer is also wrong! (should be 2.47x10^15 Hz)
These are just a few occasions that I have noticed and have spent hours struggling with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, some key aspects lacking June 20, 1999
By A Customer
At first I thought this book was very good and very well explained. Then I realised that sometimes he doesn't tell us the whole story, leaving out certain calculations and stuff. First year textbooks are known to do this, but looking back at my first year textbooks, I found them to be more "complete". It is a good starter book for Modern Physics, however, after that you will need something thicker.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless book alert! May 30, 2000
By A Customer
Pick another book like Serway's, or Tipler's, or even Modern Atomic and Nuclear Physics, for a legitimate introduction to this subject. Beiser's lazy treatment of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the Bohr atom amounts to little more than throwing out a few formulas and examples. The same goes for the transformations in special relativity - Tipler's treatment is superior. Even the Schaum's book in modern physics is better on this topic. His treatment of quantum mechanics was obviously meant to be ignored - hence the leaving out of important conceptual and explanatory material that, say, Modern Atomic and Nuclear Physics puts in. Overall, it is worthless in comparison to the previously mentioned books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So close to being a perfect textbook, but just missed. February 15, 1999
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Beiser tries amazingly hard in order to make the book very understandable. He simplifies the math and explains the concepts very carefully. However, he fails to explain many of the concepts behind the math, so the student is left with a straightforward equation with no meaning. However, his scientific biographies and occasional digressions, as well as its clarity, make this a solid textbook.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Explanations January 31, 2001
By Paul
I did not think that this book offered too good of explanations. After taking the course with this book accompanying it, I did not feel that I went away with anything except for more confusion toward physics. If you are thinking about purchasing this book, you will probably want to try a different text.
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