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The Resource List of the Week – Physics

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Physics. Before starting, let’s give a definition of the topic.

What is Physics?

According to Physics.org, Physics is…

“…the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them.”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering – Blennow, Mattias 

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

This title contains an introduction to the mathematical concepts used in physics and engineering. Firstly, it is unique because it draws upon applications of physics, rather than mathematical examples, to ensure students can apply this knowledge to real problems. Secondly, this approach prepares the reader for advanced topics, such as quantum mechanics and general relativity, while offering examples, problems, and insights into classical physics.

Modern Physics – Morrison, John

Modern Physics

This book begins with a brief and focused account of the historical events leading to the formulation of modern quantum theory, later chapters delve into the underlying physics. Furthermore, it has extensive content and chapters on semiconductors, Dirac equation and quantum field theory, as well as a robust pedagogy and ancillary package. Finally, it includes an accompanying website with computer applets, to assist students in learning the essential material.

The Physics of Vibrations and Waves – J, Pain,

The Physics of Vibrations and Waves

The main theme of this title is the transmission of energy by wave propagation, which is fundamental to almost every branch of physics. Therefore, besides giving students a thorough overview of the theory of waves and vibrations, it also demonstrates the pattern and unity of a large part of physics. Furthermore, it includes material on electron waves in solids using the Kronig-Penney model and the role of phonons is also discussed.

A Modern Course in Statistical Physics – Reichl, Linda E

A Modern Course in Statistical Physics

This book illustrates the equilibrium and non-equilibrium in statistical physics, and the universal nature of thermodynamic processes, from the point of view of contemporary research problems.

It discusses topics such as the microscopic theory of critical phenomena, superfluid dynamics, quantum conductance, light scattering, transport processes, and dissipative structures. Furthermore, it is contained in the framework of statistical physics and thermodynamics.

Particle Physics – Martin, B. R./Shaw, Graham

Particle Physics

This title is a structured introduction to Particle Physics, including important coverage of the Higgs Boson and recent progress in neutrino physics. Firstly, it includes information on recent key discoveries including: an account of the discovery of exotic hadrons, beyond the simple quark model; expanded treatments of neutrino physics and CP violation in B-decays; an updated account of ‘physics beyond the standard model’.

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