Now brought up to date, this improved second edition is ideal for classical mechanics courses for first- and second-year undergraduates with foundation skills in mathematics. The book retains all the features of the first edition, but with new examples taken from recent developments and a solutions manual for instructors at www.cambridge.org/kandk.
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Presents a comprehensive overview of the advances seen in atomic physics. This book explains how such progress was possible by highlighting connections between developments that occurred at different times. It is suitable for students, teachers and researchers in quantum and atomic physics.
An introduction to statistical physics that focuses on the basic principles, and attempts to explain these in simple terms supplemented by numerous examples. This title includes chapters that treat significant applications to solids, radiation and to electrons in metals. Each chapter concludes with examples and exercises.
Suitable for those interested in black holes, this book collects together summaries of work on a modern theory of black holes in terms of local notions, covering fields as diverse as classical and numerical general relativity, differential geometry, thermodynamics, quantum field theory, and quantum gravity.
This wonderfully clear and concise nuclear physics textbook provides the basis for a core second/third year undergraduate physics module. A wide range of applications and aspects of nuclear physics are described, for example power generation from nuclear fission, nucleosynthesis, biological effects of nuclear radiation, solar neutrinos, neutrino physics.
Renowned physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson is famous for his work in quantum mechanics, nuclear weapons policy and bold visions for the future of humanity. This title comprises of the legendary lectures on quantum electrodynamics first given by Dyson at Cornell University in 1951.
With many worked examples and over 200 homework exercises, this comprehensive textbook, first published in 1998, covers all the standard material in a graduate course on classical dynamics, plus advanced topics such as the relativistic Kepler problem, Liouville and Darboux theorems, and inverse and chaotic scattering. A solutions manual is available exclusively for instructors.