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The New Physics

The New Physics

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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2010
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438315

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  • Physics affects the way we live and, ultimately, how life itself functions. This new take on a classic text investigates key frontiers in modern physics. Exploring our universe, from the particles within atoms to the stars making up galaxies, it reveals the vital role invisible mechanisms play in the world around us, and explains new techniques, from nano-engineering and brain research to the latest advances in high-speed data networks and custom-built materials. Written by leading international experts, each of the nineteen chapters will fascinate scientists in all disciplines, as well as anyone wanting to know more about the world of physics. First Edition Hb (1989) 0-521-30420-2 First Edition Pb (1992) 0-521-43831-4

    • Paperback edition of our best-selling general physics book of recent years
    • Still 98% up to date
    • Brilliantly illustrated in full colour throughout
    • Includes articles by the most renowned physicists of our day
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    'The very people who are busy creating the new physics carry the reader out to the growing edge of modern science. It is an exciting trip. The New Physics is an ambitious attempt to make the frontiers of this science accessible to a wider audience. This book succeeds admirably in this goal. I know of no better one-volume guide to the edges of modern physics.' Nick Herbert, New Scientist

    'This is an attractively presented book, but it is one to be read and thought about rather than merely looked at. Non-scientists will get a good sense of some of the new ideas, and scientists - physicists included - can learn how very far physics has extended its dominion.' J. H. Mulvey, Nature

    ' … a first-class book, conveying a real sense of current research.' Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438315
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 222 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.47kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2010
  • Table of Contents

    1. The New Physics: a synthesis
    2. The renaissance of general relativity
    3. The inflationary universe
    4. The edge of spacetime
    5. Quantum gravity
    6. The new astrophysics
    7. Condensed matter physics in less than three dimensions
    8. Critical point phenomena: universal physics at large length scales
    9. Low temperature physics, superconductivity and superfluidity
    10. Quantum optics
    11. Physics of far-from-equilibrium systems and self-organisation
    12. What is chaos, that we should be mindful of it?
    13. Conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics
    14. The quark structure of matter
    15. Grand unified theories
    16. Effective quantum field theories
    17. Gauge theories in particle physics
    18. Overview of particle physics

  • Editor

    Paul Davies, University of Adelaide

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