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This highly readable introduction to modern physics was written by a giant of quantum mechanics. Gifted with a rare ability to explain complicated scientific concepts to lay readers, Nobel laureate Max Born presents a step-by-step guide to the understanding of molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, and nuclear physics. Chemical and Engineering News
praised Born's narrative as "masterfully discussed . . . easy and delightful," and Philosophy of Science
declared that it "should be welcomed by all."
Starting with explanations of molecular motion and the kinetic theory of gases, Born advances to the laws of chance, conduction of heat, molecular weight, relativity, mass and energy, electronic charges, gaseous ions, light waves, light quanta, and spectral lines of gases. Subsequent topics include electron waves, Bohr's theory of the hydrogen atom, wave mechanics, Pauli's exclusion principle, cosmic rays, nuclear structure, and dozens of related subjects. Profusely illustrated with helpful figures and drawings, the text includes an extensive appendix that explains the historical and social significance of developments in modern physics.
Highly readable introduction to modern physics, written by a Nobel laureate, develops general concepts of Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics. Additional topics include the structure of the atom and nuclear physics.
This highly readable introduction to modern physics was written by Nobel laureate Max Born. The book begins with an explanation of the kinetic theory of gases, providing a step-by-step development of general concepts of Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics. Subsequent chapters discuss the structure of the atom and aspects of nuclear physics.
Table of Contents
I. The Air and its Relatives II. Electrons and Ions III. Waves and Particles IV. The Electronic Structure of the Atom V. Nuclear Physics Postscript