Einstein's Physics: Atoms, Quanta, and Relativity - Derived, Explained, and Appraised

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Many regard Albert Einstein as the greatest physicist since Newton. What exactly did he do that is so important in physics? We provide an introduction to his physics at a level accessible to an underg...
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Many regard Albert Einstein as the greatest physicist since Newton. What exactly did he do that is so important in physics? We provide an introduction to his physics at a level accessible to an undergraduate physics student. All equations are worked out in detail from the beginning. Einsteins doctoral thesis and his Brownian motion paper were decisive contributions to our understanding of matter as composed of molecules and atoms. Einstein was one of the founding fathers of quantum theory: his photon proposal through the investigation of blackbody radiation, his quantum theory of photoelectric effect and specific heat, his calculation of radiation fluctuation giving the first statement of wave-particle duality, his introduction of probability in the description of quantum radiative transitions, and finally the quantum statistics and Bose-Einstein condensation. Einsteins special theory of relativity gave us the famous E=mc^2 relation and the new kinematics leading to the idea of the 4-dimensional spacetime as the arena in which physical events take place.
Uitgever Oxford University Press
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ISBN/EAN 9780199669912
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