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The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee

Abstract

The book is an inspirational survey of fundamental physics, emphasizing the use of variational principles. Chapter 1 presents introductory ideas, including the principle of least action, vectors and partial differentiation. Chapter 2 covers Newtonian dynamics and the motion of mutually gravitating bodies. Chapter 3 is about electromagnetic fields as described by Maxwell’s equations. Chapter 4 is about special relativity, which unifies space and time into 4-dimensional spacetime. Chapter 5 introduces the mathematics of curved space, leading to Chapter 6 covering general relativity and its remar ... More

Keywords: fundamental physics, partial differentiation, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear physics, particle physics, mathematical physics, cosmology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795933
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795933.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Manton, author
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Nicholas Mee, author
Director of software company Virtual Image