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In addition to his ground-breaking research, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg is known for a series of highly praised texts on various aspects of physics, combining exceptional physical insight with his gift for clear exposition. Describing the foundations of modern physics in their historical context and with some new derivations, Weinberg introduces topics ranging from early applications of atomic theory through thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, transport theory, special relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and quantum field theory. This volume provides the basis for advanced undergraduate and graduate physics courses as well as being a handy introduction to aspects of modern physics for working scientists.


‘By using the notion of fundamental constituents as the guiding historical and theoretical principle, Weinberg manages to lay the foundations of diverse disciplines (hydrodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, special relativity, quantum mechanics and even field theory) in less than 300 pages.’

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‘Whereas many textbooks forgo historical notes, Weinberg delights the reader by adding terse yet apt context to the physical concepts he introduces … It is as if he is imagining what students might be puzzled by and then solves those problems … everyone will want to have Foundations of Modern Physics on their bookshelf. There is always something new to be found in it, and - similar to having a conversation about physics with Weinberg - there is never a dull moment when reading it.’

Melissa Franklin Source: Physics Today

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