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Modern Physics Hardcover – March 24, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0139553110 ISBN-10: 0139553118 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 602 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall; 1 edition (March 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0139553118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0139553110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This comprehensive book provides the most complete coverage of general relativity and cosmology—with detailed discussions on the historical origins of topics. Its presentation is consistently linked to observation, and to the physical numbers as well, so that readers develop a sense of the magnitudes involved in the material being covered. Chapter topics include waves as particles and particles as waves; atoms and the Bohr Model; The Schrödinger Equation; barriers and wells; statistical physics; conductors, insulators, and superconductors; and elementary particle physics. A reference for today's scientists.

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About the Authors

Jeremy Bernstein
Jeremy Bernstein has had a dual career in physics and writing. He was on the staff of the New Yorker from 1963 to 1993 and was a Professor of Physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology from 1968 until his retirement in 1993, when he became Professor emeritus. He has won several awards for his writing about science and mountain travel. He has also published widely in both technical and non-technical journals. Some of his recent books are: An Introduction to Cosmology, Albert Einstein and the Frontiers of Physics, A Theory for Everything, In the Himalayas, and Dawning of the Raj. He has held visiting appointments at The Rockefeller University, The University of Islamabad, The Ecole Polytechnique, CERN laboratory, Princeton University, and Oxford. This photograph of Jeremy was taken on a bicycle trip in northern California. The thumb, which is on the grounds of the Clos Pegase art gallery and winery in Calistoga, was the work of the French artist Cesar Baldachini. Bernstein has bicycled in many countries including Bali and Crete. He makes his home in New York City and Aspen, Colorado.

Paul M. Fishbane
Paul Fishbane has been teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Virginia, where he is Professor of Physics, for some 25 years. He received his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1967 and has published some 100 papers in his field, theoretical high energy physics. He is co-author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Stephen Gasiorowicz and Stephen Thornton. Paul has held visiting appointments at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, CERN laboratory in Switzerland, Amsterdam's NIKHEF laboratory, France's Institut de Physique Nucleaire, the University of Paris-Sud, and the Ecole Polytechnique. He has been active for many years at the Aspen Center for Physics, where current issues in physics are discussed with an international group of participants. His other interests include biking, music, and the physics of the kitchen. All of the rest of his time is spent trying to keep up with his family, especially his youngest son Nicholas.

Stephen Gasiorowicz
Stephen Gasiorowicz was born in Poland and received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1952. After spending 8 years at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California, he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota, where his field of research is theoretical high energy physics. As a visiting professor, he has traveled to the Niels Bohr Institute, NORDITA in Copenhagen, the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, DESY in Hamburg, Fermilab in Batavia, and the Universities of Marseille and Tokyo. He has been a frequent visitor and an officer of the Aspen Center for Physics. Steve is co-author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Paul Fishbane and Stephen Thornton and has written books on elementary particle physics and quantum physics. A relatively new occupation is that of grandfather, which still leaves some time for reading (history), biking, canoeing, and skiing.


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Customer Reviews

This book was appropriately priced for the condition it was in (fair to good.)
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It is easy to tell the writers know their material; they just can't express it very well to others in an introductory text.
David
Comparably this book is not as well explained as Serway, but also not as difficult to understand as Hayt.
Vikas Motwani

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vikas Motwani on August 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for the first class in modern physics that I took. Till then I had only read books by Serway and Hayt for mechanics and electromagnetics. Comparably this book is not as well explained as Serway, but also not as difficult to understand as Hayt. However, It is a very good book for people who are just getting introduced to the concepts of Modern Physics. I think that the book gives a good base to readers who would like to further study modern physics. It is clearly and precisely explained and helps the reader see the physical world in a new perspective, different from what is understood by studying mechanics and electromagnetics. The book is divided into 4 parts: Relativity, Quantum mechanics, Applications and Frontiers. Each part does a fair role of presenting a good explanation supported by easy to understand diagrams, graphs and equations. Each physical concept is accompanied by a historical background and mathematical equations to back it up. The final sections talk about some applications of these concepts, such as lasers and semiconductors, which would be useful to engineering students as myself. I think that the book would be a good choice for someone who is beginning to learn modern physics.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This modern physics book is excellent for those who have some background in the material that is covered. For those of us who are being introduced to the topic, it isn't the best text. The book whizzes through the basics of many topics and dives right into some of the more difficult material. That isn't true for every topic, but it is true for some of the hardest chapters. The math that is "explained" in this book is not explained; I learned all of the necessary math in lecture. It is easy to tell the writers know their material; they just can't express it very well to others in an introductory text. The book gets clearer in the middle, but discontinues that trend shortly. Also, the text contains numerous errors--our class just keeps finding more.
I would recommend at least getting an additional, simpler text if this is your assigned text. I used Paul Tipler's text, "Modern Physics" and Serway's Modern Text (a continuation of the intro to physics texts). These were of sufficient level and clarity. Out of the three, I thought Serway nosed ahead of Tipler with Bernstein, etc. in last.
One last thing, the binding is terrible. Several of the people in my class (including me) had books that were falling apart.
Overall, this book is great for a second semester of modern physics. However, it doesn't stand alone very well for first-timers in the field. For those of you interested, THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR SELF-STUDY.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Heiney on January 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a college professor who has used this book for two years in a sophomore-level course on modern physics. In my opinion it is substantially better than competing textbooks currently available. It is written in a clear and engaging fashion, the illustrations are good, and the examples are well chosen. The mathematical level is appropriate for sophomore physics, engineering, or other physical science majors. The homework problems are also well designed and a good resource.
I do have a couple of quibbles. Thermodynamics are not introduced until Chapter 12, which makes the discussion of the black body spectrum in chapter 4 highly abbreviated and hard to follow--I actually had my class jump ahead to the first part of chapter 12 and then go back to chapter 4, hardly an ideal approach. Also, the Instructor's Solutions Manual is almost completely useless--carelessly produced and riddled with errors.
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By Khoi Nguyen on December 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
the book quality is very good, although there are some markings. The cover is still in shape, the pages are clear and clean. Save me a big sum of money!
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