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ISBN-13: 978-0521528788 ISBN-10: 052152878X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052152878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521528788
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... gives great insight into the equations of modern physics, and I enjoyed it very much. I would hope that parts could be used to enliven the standard course fodder.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Longair's book is, as he says, for 'students who love physics and theoretical physics', not for amateurs. However, it gives great insight into the equations of modern physics, and I enjoyed it very much. I would hope that parts could be used to enliven the standard course folder.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Book Description

This unique book shows how physics, as practised by professional physicists, can be appreciated through a series of case studies spanning essentially the whole of a university physics course. Although all the arguments are set out precisely in physical and mathematical terms, it is written in a lively and non-technical manner, intended to deepen understanding and appreciation of the incredible achievements of theorists in creating the structure of modern physics. The first edition has been enjoyed by many generations of students; this new edition extends and deepens all the topics.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Raghuram Krishnaswamy on November 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although it does not teach you methods in Theoretical Physics(such as Morse and Feshbach or Theoretical Physics by George Joos), it does tell you how the great physicists got to bring about the great physical "Theorems". But to be fair, he tells you enough about each great theory there is out there by taking it up as a case study based on some fundamental(amthematical and physical) knowledge. I think it's a brilliant book from both a historical perspective as well as from a informative standpoint. I've had it for years and love the book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jung Oh on July 25, 2011
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I received this book for exam copy from cambridge University Press.
It is well arranged accordingto the intelligently designed purpose
as well as historical flow in physics. Each chapter selected in great
discernment and deep thought from scratch. I think this book provide
most essential part of undergraduate physics in detailed concept and
historical development perspective in sharp insight using reasonable
degree of mathematical skill. I was really impressed and highly recommend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ebasco Engineer on April 16, 2014
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Historical introduction to the world of advanced physics. Use for a British honors seminar. I keep a copy on my bed stand. It's the best read for opening to random passages on the development of Maxwell's equations, thermodynamics, special relativity, etc. I gave one to my nephew. The blue one is the US edition, the red is full of authentic colour!
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
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I recommend this book for final undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the Physical Sciences. As a PhD student in Astrophysics, this book has been very valuable and enjoyable for me. The historical perspective is also a very nice aspect of this book.
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