Physics round-up

May 27, 2010

A First Course in General Relativity

Author: Bernard Schutz

Edition: Second revised

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 410

Price: £35.00

ISBN 9780521887052

This text offers the first step into general relativity for undergraduates with a limited background in mathematics. Schutz covers topics ranging from black holes to gravitational lenses and pulsars. This edition now contains discussion of discoveries by astronomers that require general relativity for their explanation, a revised chapter on relativistic stars and a rewritten chapter on cosmology.

An Introduction to Relativity

Author: Jayant Vishnu Narlikar

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 372

Price: £70.00 and £30.00

ISBN 9780521514972 and 1735612

Narlikar seeks to provide a simple and clear introduction to general relativity. Starting with a simple review of special relativity, the book creates a framework from which to launch the ideas of general relativity and covers its important applications to astrophysics, black hole physics and cosmology. Worked examples and exercises are included with password-protected solutions available to instructors via a dedicated website.

Introduction to Physical Science

Authors: James T. Shipman, Aaron Todd and Jerry Wilson

Edition: Twelfth revised

Publisher: Cengage

Pages: 800

Price: £43.99

ISBN 9780538451482

This best-seller offers a survey that is both descriptive and quantitative of the physical sciences - physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology and geology - for undergraduates in other disciplines. The 12th edition has features designed to help students better visualise concepts, master basic mathematics and practise problem solving. An accompanying package includes course management and online support.

Schaum's Outline of Applied Physics

Author: Arthur Beiser

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Pages: 480

Price: £11.99

ISBN 9780071611572

Schaum's Outlines, the best-selling revision guides, aim to provide course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format, with examples, solved problems and practice exercises. Beiser covers topics ranging from vectors and laws of motion to kinetic theory of matter, physical and quantum optics and nuclear physics.

Conceptual Physics

Author: Paul G. Hewitt

Edition: Eleventh international

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 816

Price: £44.99

ISBN 9780321684929

Used, according to its publishers, by two-thirds of lecturers teaching the subject to non-physics undergraduates, Paul Hewitt's best-selling work aims to integrate a compelling text and advanced media to empower professors as they bring physics to life for non-science majors, both in and out of class. The latest edition has a new design, content that is more focused on physics applications, and updated pedagogical features.

Physics of the Sun: A First Course

Author: Dermott J. Mullan

Edition: First

Publisher: Chapman and Hall

Pages: 390

Price: £49.99

ISBN 9781420083071

Aiming to provide a comprehensive introduction to solar physics, this text offers a working knowledge of how to determine the numerical values of physical parameters as a function of radial location inside the Sun and in its overlying atmosphere using laws of physics.

Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell

Author: A. Zee

Edition: Second revised

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 576

Price: £44.95

ISBN 9780691140346

The author's goal is to provide an accessible, comprehensive introduction to this compelling area of theoretical physics. This expanded edition considers the latest advances in the field, while aiming to offer a solid conceptual foundation. New content covers developments such as gravitational waves, the helicity spinor formalism, on-shell gluon scattering, recursion relations for amplitudes with complex momenta, and the hidden connection between Yang-Mills theory and Einstein gravity.

Group Theory for the Standard Model of Particle Physics and Beyond

Author: Ken J. Barnes

Edition: First

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Pages: 255

Price: £38.99

ISBN 9781420078749

The author draws on his lectures to furnish an introduction to the group theory of the symmetries of the standard model of elementary particle physics. Designed for advanced undergraduates and first-year postgraduates in theoretical, high energy and particle physics, the text contains worked examples and problems, along with a solutions manual for qualifying instructors.

The Silicon Web: Physics for the Internet Age

Author: Michael G. Raymer

Edition: First

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Pages: 600

Price: £39.99

ISBN 9781439803110

Raymer considers the core principles of physics underlying the technologies revolutionising everyday life, from computers to optical communications, in a work aimed at the non-scientist. After an introduction to physics and silicon, the text establishes the principles at the core of the information technology revolution, considers the quantum era, and moves on to the internet era, covering optical fibres, light amplification, and fibre optic and wireless communication technology.

The Standard Model and Beyond

Author: Paul Langacker

Edition: First

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Pages: 675

Price: £49.99

ISBN 9781420079067

Langacker's text is an advanced introduction to the physics and formalism of the standard model and other non-abelian gauge theories, offering a solid background for understanding supersymmetry, string theory, extra dimensions, dynamical symmetry breaking and cosmology. Its goal is to establish the background students need to carry out more advanced research in particle physics.

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