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Eureka!: Physics of Particles, Matter and The Universe

By: RJ Blin-Stoyle

226 pages, Illus

Institute of Physics Publishing

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #97088 | ISBN: 0750304162
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #97087 | ISBN: 0750304154
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About this book

Introduction to the subject of physics, and how it underpins our understanding of the physical world today. Starting with an initial description of what physics represents from the micro- to the macroscopic, Roger Blin-Stoyle takes the reader on a tour of Newton's Laws, the nature of matter, explaining how the physical world works and how physics may affect our future understanding.


Part 1 Understanding the world around us: what is physics?; the nature of understanding; the problem of complexity; conceptual models in physical theory; human experience of the physical world; moving forward. Part 2 Everyday experience of motion and energy: motion and forces; force, mass and acceleration; momentum and angular momentum; work and energy; oscillating systems; wave motion; moving forward. Part 3 The nature and behaviour of matter: atoms and molecules; the particulate nature of gases, liquids and solids; internal energy, heat and temperature; the second law of thermodynamics; solids and their behaviour; liquids and their behaviour; gases and their behaviour; moving forward. Part 4 Everyday experience of electromagnetism: electric and magnetic forces; electric potential and electric current; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; electromagnetic radiation; the reflection and refraction of light; the interference and diffraction of light; moving forward. Part 5 Quantum physics and the atom: atomic constituents - electrons and nuclei; the rise of quantum mechanics; waves and particles; using quantum mechanics; atomic structure; atomic radiations; moving forward. Part 6 Properties of matter - some quantum explanations: the origin of the interatomic force; conductors and insulators; semiconductors; superconductivity; magnetism in solids; superfluidity; moving forward. Part 7 Einstein's relativity theory: what is relativity?; simultaneity; time dilation; length contraction; mass and energy; relativistic quantum mechanics; general relativity; moving forward. Part 8 The atomic nucleus: nuclear constituents; general properties of nuclei; the nuclear force; nuclear models; nuclear reactions; radioactivity; nuclear physics - a few remarks; moving forward. Part 9 The fundamental constituents of matter: the classification of elementary particles; intrinsic particle properties and conservation laws; understanding the nature of hadrons; the weak interaction; the electroweak interaction and unification; moving forward. Part 10 Astrophysics and cosmology: an outline of the "visible" universe; electromagnetic radiation in the universe; the expanding universe and the Big Bang; the early stages of the universe and the formation of stars; the lives of stars; problems and conjectures; moving forward. Part 11 Reflections on physics and physicists: gathering the threads together; theories of everything; the anthropic principle; reductionism, complexity, determinism and chaos; advancing physics and technology; what about physicists?.

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