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Beyond the Mechanical Universe: From Electricity to Modern Physics 1st , 1st Pri Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521304306
ISBN-10: 052130430X
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"Olenick (U. of Dallas), Apostol (California Institute of Technology) and Goodstein (California Institute of Technology) have produced this textbook on electricity and magnetism, and how the relationship between these two forces led to the Theory of Relativity. Written primarily for physics and engineering students, the authors have emphasized the human aspects of understanding physics so that only a basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is needed to explore the mathematical applications of the text. As a result, these foundations of modern physics can also be enjoyed from a historical aspect and will appeal to many students from other disciplines who desire a more in-depth knowledge of the world around them."
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"The material in this textbook is presented in a clear and readable manner. A multitude of diagrams aid student understanding as does the abundance of problems, to such an extent that although based on the Mechanical Universe television series, this volume can act as an independent resource."
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This book studies electricity and magnetism, their relation to each other, and to light, and shows how the problem of light led to the special theory of relativity. It moves to modern physics, where particles may behave like waves and vice versa and where some of the great verities of Newtonian physics appear less certain.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st , 1st Pri edition (December 26, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052130430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521304306
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chee Lim Cheung on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an elementary text on electricity and magnetism with some chapters on special relativity and modern physics. It is manifestly written for college students and has a strong historical bent. The explanations and discussions are very clear and the mathematical derivations are given in detail. This book is highly recommended for novice students who are studying electricity and magnetism. It is also very suitable for self-study.
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Like its younger brother ("The Mechanical Universe") this "Beyond The Mechanical Universe" book is excellent. It's intended for first year university physics courses which use calculus. It covers the typical second semester topics. However, it's more advanced than the first book and could have used a chapter or two on line and surface integrals.

It does have one major shortcoming - only 1 chapter is devoted to light & optics. Neither this book nor its predecessor covers sound at all.

Another excellent book is "Understanding Physics", 2nd edition by Michael Mansfield & Colm O'Sullivan. See my review. It covers more topics than these Mechanical Universe books by Olenick et al.
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... of electromagnetics, perhaps not with the rigor of an engineering or
physics E&M book, but worth the time. I am going through it slowly and
enjoying the process.
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A sound text with many excellent illustrations and logical, historical narratives. The physics problems are challenging and
thought provoking. It goes well with a calculator or computer course.
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