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The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee


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


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