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More Surprises In Theoretical Physics

Author : Rudolf Peierls
ISBN : 9780691214320
Genre : Science
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Like its predecessor, this book by the renowned physicist Sir Rudolf Peierls draws from many diverse fields of theoretical physics to present problems in which the answer differs from what our intuition had led us to expect. In some cases an apparently convincing approximation turns out to be misleading; in others a seemingly unmanageable problem turns out to have a simple answer. Peierls's intention, however, is not to treat theoretical physics as an unpredictable game in which such surprises happen at random. Instead he shows how in each case careful thought could have prepared us for the outcome. Peierls has chosen mainly problems from his own experience or that of his collaborators, often showing how classic problems can lend themselves to new insights. His book is aimed at both graduate students and their teachers. Praise for Surprises in Theoretical Physics: "A beautiful piece of stimulating scholarship and a delight to read. Physicists of all kinds will learn a great deal from it."--R. J. Blin-Stoyle, Contemporary Physics
Category: Science

Surprises In Theoretical Physics

Author : Rudolf Peierls
ISBN : 9780691217888
Genre : Science
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Problems in theoretical physics often lead to paradoxical answers; yet closer reasoning and a more complete analysis invariably lead to the resolution of the paradox and to a deeper understanding of the physics involved. Drawing primarily from his own experience and that of his collaborators, Sir Rudolf Peierls selects examples of such "surprises" from a wide range of physical theory, from quantum mechanical scattering theory to the theory of relativity, from irreversibility in statistical mechanics to the behavior of electrons in solids. By studying such surprises and learning what kind of possibilities to look for, he suggests, scientists may be able to avoid errors in future problems. In some cases the surprise is that the outcome of a calculation is contrary to what physical intuition seems to demand. In other instances an approximation that looks convincing turns out to be unjustified, or one that looks unreasonable turns out to be adequate. Professor Peierls does not suggest, however, that theoretical physics is a hazardous game in which one can never foresee the surprises a detailed calculation might reveal. Rather, he contends, all the surprises discussed have rational explanations, most of which are very simple, at least in principle. This book is based on the author's lectures at the University of Washington in the spring of 1977 and at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire, University de Paris-Sud, Orsay, during the winter of 1977-1978.
Category: Science

Surprises In Theoretical Casimir Physics

Author : William M.R. Simpson
ISBN : 9783319093154
Genre : Science
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Despite more than half a century of theoretical work, the Casimir effect is still not as fully understood as some suppose. In this treatise, the author uncovers new puzzles and paradoxes concerning this mysterious phenomenon. In particular, he clearly demonstrates that the most sophisticated theories fail when confronted with dielectrics in which the refractive index is not uniform but gradually changes.
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Contemporary Authors

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ISBN : UOM:39015064381836
Genre : Authors
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Irreversibility And Causality

Author : International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics 1996
ISBN : UOM:39015043177909
Genre : Computers
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A Selection of Articles Presented at the 21st International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics (ICGTMP) at Goslar, Germany, July 16-21, 1996
Category: Computers

High Energy Physics Index

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ISBN : PSU:000052636059
Genre : Particles (Nuclear physics)
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Category: Particles (Nuclear physics)

Theoretical And Applied Mechanics 1992

Author : Sol R. Bodner
ISBN : UVA:X002498172
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Contained in this volume are the full texts of the invited general and sectional lectures presented at this conference concerning mechanics and its development. The entire field of mechanics is covered, including analytical, solid and fluid mechanics and their applications. A brilliant survey of work in the fields of fluid and solid mechanics is also given. The papers are written by leading experts which is reflected in the quality and diversity of the lectures and posters presented, they will provide a valuable key to the latest and most important developments in the various sub-fields of mechanics.
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Sleeping Beauties In Theoretical Physics

Author : Thanu Padmanabhan
ISBN : 9783319134437
Genre : Science
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This book addresses a fascinating set of questions in theoretical physics which will both entertain and enlighten all students, teachers and researchers and other physics aficionados. These range from Newtonian mechanics to quantum field theory and cover several puzzling issues that do not appear in standard textbooks. Some topics cover conceptual conundrums, the solutions to which lead to surprising insights; some correct popular misconceptions in the textbook discussion of certain topics; others illustrate deep connections between apparently unconnected domains of theoretical physics; and a few provide remarkably simple derivations of results which are not often appreciated. The connoisseur of theoretical physics will enjoy a feast of pleasant surprises skilfully prepared by an internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist. Each topic is introduced with proper background discussion and special effort is taken to make the discussion self-contained, clear and comprehensible to anyone with an undergraduate education in physics.
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Symposium

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ISBN : UCAL:B5157315
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Technical Digest

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ISBN : UOM:39015069197682
Genre : Quantum electronics
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Category: Quantum electronics

New Dictionary Of Scientific Biography

Author : Noretta Koertge
ISBN : UCSC:32106018868007
Genre : Scientists
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Also available online as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library under the title Complete dictionary of scientific biography.
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The Cumulative Book Index

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Genre : American literature
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A world list of books in the English language.
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Physical Review

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Genre : Fluids
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Category: Fluids