Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations of 20th-Century Physics


  • G.G. Emch

This book is primarily intended for Mathematicians, but students in the physical sciences will find here information not usually available in physics texts.The main aim of this book is to provide a unified mathematical account of the conceptual foundations of 20th-Century Physics, in a form suitable for a one-year survey course in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics. Emphasis is laid on the interlocked historical development of mathematical and physical ideas.
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Book information

  • Published: December 1984
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-87585-3

Table of Contents

I. Classical Physics. Mechanics. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. Electromagnetism. II. Relativity. Geometry. The Principles of Special Relativity. General Relativity. III. Quantum Theory. The `Old' Quantum Theory. Hilbert Space Formulation of Quantum Mechanics. The Algebraic Formulation of Quantum Mechanics. Systems With Infinitely Many Degrees of Freedom.