More Surprises in Theoretical Physics

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Princeton University Press, 1991 - 106 Seiten
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Like its predecessor, this book by the renowned physicist Sir Rudolf Peierls draws from many diverse fields of theoretical physics to present problems in which the answer differs from what our intuition had led us to expect. In some cases an apparently convincing approximation turns out to be misleading; in others a seemingly unmanageable problem turns out to have a simple answer. Peierls's intention, however, is not to treat theoretical physics as an unpredictable game in which such surprises happen at random. Instead he shows how in each case careful thought could have prepared us for the outcome. Peierls has chosen mainly problems from his own experience or that of his collaborators, often showing how classic problems can lend themselves to new insights. His book is aimed at both graduate students and their teachers. Praise for Surprises in Theoretical Physics: "A beautiful piece of stimulating scholarship and a delight to read. Physicists of all kinds will learn a great deal from it."--R. J. Blin-Stoyle, Contemporary Physics

 

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Inhalt

General Quantum Mechanics
3
12 Observations and the Collapse of the Wave Function
6
13 Application of the WKB Method in Several Dimensions
11
14 Perturbation Theory for Projected States
14
Condensed Matter
19
22 The Structure of Bismuth and the Jones Theory
24
23 Peierls Transition
27
24 Momentum and Pseudomomentum
30
43 Electromigration
58
44 Phonon Drag
63
Nuclear Physics
67
52 Projection Method
70
53 Decaying States
76
54 The Case of Overlapping Resonances
82
55 Isospin of Nuclei
84
56 Isospin of Pions
88

25 Momentum of a Sound Wave
34
26 Momentum and Pseudomomentum of Light
37
27 Superconducting Sphere
42
Statistical Mechanics
45
32 The Ising Model
48
Transport Problems
52
42 Magnetoresistance
56
Field Theory
91
62 Commutation Laws in Field Theory
95
Hydrodynamics
98
72 Shockwaves
100
References
105
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Über den Autor (1991)

Peierls is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oxford University.

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