Basic Theoretical Physics
This textbookontheoreticalphysics(I-IV)isbasedonlecturesheldbyoneof the authorsattheUniversityofRegensburginGermany.Thefour‘canonical’ parts of the subject have been condensed here into a single volume with the following main sections: I = Mechanics and Basic Relativity; II = Electrodynamics and Aspects of Optics; III = Quantum Mechanics (non-relativistic theory), and IV = Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics. Ourcompendiumisintendedprimarilyforrevisionpurposesand/ortoaid in a deeper understanding of the subject. For an introduction to theoretical physics many standard series of textbooks, often containing seven or more volumes, are already available (see, for example, ). Exercises closely adapted to the book can be found on one of the authors websites , and these may be an additional help. We have laid emphasis on relativity and other contributions by Einstein, since the year 2005 commemorated the centenary of three of his grou- breaking theories. InPartII(Electrodynamics)wehavealsotreatedsomeaspectswithwhich every physics student should be familiar, but which are usually neglected in textbooks, e.g., the principles behind cellular (or mobile) phone technology, synchrotronradiationandholography.Similarly,PartIII(QuantumMech- ics) additionally covers aspects of quantum computing and quantum cr- tography. We have been economical with ?gures and often stimulate the reader to sketch his or her own diagrams. The frequent use of italics and quotation marks throughout the text is to indicate to the reader where a term is used ina specializedway.TheIndexcontainsusefulkeywordsfor easeofreference. Finally we are indebted to the students and colleagues who have read parts of the manuscript and to our respective wives for their considerable support.
Serves as a concise review and preparation aidComprehensive compendium in one volumeSummarizes what a graduate student, physicist working in industry, or a physics teacher should master during his or her degree courseComprehensively embraces the whole of theoretical physicsAlso useful to deepen one’s insight and add new dimensions to one's understanding of these elemental conceptsAddresses recent applications such as holography and quantum cryptography, thus making this a unique contribution among comparable books