The Physical World offers a grand vision of the essential unity of physics that will enable the reader to see the world through the eyes of a physicist and understand their thinking.
Nicholas Manton, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, and Nicholas Mee, Director of software company Virtual Image
Nicholas Manton studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Cambridge and gained his Ph.D. in 1978. Following postdoctoral positions at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and University of California, Santa Barbara, he returned to Cambridge and is now Professor of Mathematical Physics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He is also head of the department's High Energy Physics group, and a fellow of St John's College. He has taught numerous courses on mathematics and physics, including courses on vector calculus, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, quantum field theory, elementary particles, and supersymmetry. His research has been mainly on solitons in quantum field theory, including magnetic monopoles and vortices, and he has used the solitons known as Skyrmions to model the complicated structure of atomic nuclei.
Nicholas Mee studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He achieved a top distinction in Part III of the Mathematical Tripos of the University of Cambridge and gained his PhD in 1990 in theoretical particle physics, with a thesis titled Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Geometry. He is the Director of software company Virtual Image and the author of over 50 maths and science multimedia titles including The Code Book on CD-ROM with Simon Singh and Connections in Space with John Barrow and Martin Kemp. He is also author of the award-winning popular science book Higgs Force: Cosmic Symmetry Shattered. Nicholas Mee is well-known in the maths education, popular science and amateur astronomy communities, and his physics blog has a large established readership.
"The historical background is woven neatly into the discourse, and there are lots of clever insights and details." - David Bailin, Contemporary Physics
"This is an excellent survey text that should be on the shelf of all university libraries. Students with a serious interest in modern physics but without the time to take the required courses will find this to be a very welcome resource... Highly recommended." - CHOICE
"The Physical World guides the reader through an impressive array of physical phenomena with an engaging and entertaining style. This book goes beyond a popular science account by providing insightful mathematical explanations that are accessible with only high school level mathematics. Perfect summer reading for any pre-university physics student." - Paul Sutcliffe, Durham University, UK