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Waves: A Very Short Introduction


Mike Goldsmith

22 November 2018

Very Short Introductions

From sound waves to gravitational waves, and from waves of light to crashing rollers on the ocean, Mike Goldsmith explores the fundamental features shared by all waves in the natural world, and considers the range of phenomena resulting from wave motion, including reflection, diffraction, and polarization in light, and beats and echoes in sound.

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Second Edition


Frank Close

25 October 2018

Frank Close explores the strange mirror world of antimatter, revealing that reality is even more fascinating than the sci-fi stories suggest. Explaining the science behind one of physics' most extraordinary discoveries, he shows how, through understanding antimatter, we can shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of the universe.

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Relativity in Modern Physics


Nathalie Deruelle, Jean-Philippe Uzan, Patricia de Forcrand-Millard

30 August 2018

Oxford Graduate Texts

This comprehensive textbook on relativity integrates Newtonian physics, special relativity and general relativity into a single book. It emphasizes the deep underlying principles common to them all, yet explains how they are applied in different ways in these three contexts.

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Gravity!: The Quest for Gravitational Waves


Pierre Binétruy

03 May 2018

What force do the Big Bang, the expansion of the Universe, dark matter and dark energy, black holes, and gravitational waves all have in common? This book uncovers gravity as a key to understanding these fascinating phenomena that have so captivated public interest in recent years, including the recent confirmation of gravitational waves.

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The Black Book of Quantum Chromodynamics: A Primer for the LHC Era


John Campbell, Joey Huston, Frank Krauss

14 December 2017

This book provides an in-depth introduction to the particle physics of current and future experiments at particle accelerators. The book will provide the reader with an overview of practically all aspects of the strong interaction necessary to understand and appreciate modern particle phenomenology at the energy frontier.

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A Dictionary of Science

Seventh Edition


Jonathan Law

23 March 2017

Oxford Quick Reference

This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction


Timothy Clifton

23 February 2017

Very Short Introductions

Gravity is the most immediately familiar of the four fundamental forces of nature, and its effects dominate many of the phenomena commonly observed. Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity, from Newton's apple to gravitational waves and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

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From Classical to Quantum Fields


Laurent Baulieu, John Iliopoulos, Roland Sénéor

02 February 2017

Quantum Field Theory has become the universal language of most modern theoretical physics. This introductory textbook shows how this beautiful theory offers the correct mathematical framework to describe and understand the fundamental interactions of elementary particles.

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Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction


Geoff Cottrell

08 December 2016

Very Short Introductions

Geoffrey Cottrell describes the rise of telescopes from early optical examples to the sophisticated range of modern telescopes on Earth and in space, opening up the cosmos in views from radio waves to gamma rays. Looking forward, he discusses the possibilities of the new generation of telescopes in construction today.

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Random Tensors


Răzvan Gheorghe Gurău

06 October 2016

This book introduces "Random Tensors," a framework for studying random geometries in any dimension. It provides a complete derivation of the key results in the field. Whatever form a theory of Quantum Gravity may take, it must incorporate random geometry.

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Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction


Owen Gingerich

11 August 2016

Very Short Introductions

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction


James Binney

24 March 2016

Very Short Introductions

Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple. James Binney shows how the application of physical laws derived on Earth allows us to understand objects that exist on the far side of the Universe.

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The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive


Christopher C. Gerry, Kimberley M. Bruno

03 March 2016

A semi-popular account of quantum physics based primarily on optical experiments performed over the past three decades. The book discusses how and where one can draw the border between the quantum and classical worlds, or indeed whether a border needs to be drawn at all.

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Moons: A Very Short Introduction


David A. Rothery

26 November 2015

Very Short Introductions

Our Solar System contains more moons than planets. They show astonishing variety, and some look more likely than Mars to host microbial life. David Rothery describes these fascinating small worlds, their discovery, names, and what they can tell us about our Solar System.

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A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology


Ta-Pei Cheng

18 June 2015

Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate textbook. Topics covered include geometric formulation of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, Einstein's field equation and its spherical-symmetric solution, as well as cosmology.

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Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur


Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell

17 April 2014

Quantum field theory provides the theoretical backbone to most modern physics. This book is designed to bring quantum field theory to a wider audience of physicists. It is packed with worked examples, witty diagrams, and applications intended to introduce a new audience to this revolutionary theory.

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Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction


David C. Catling

24 October 2013

Very Short Introductions

Astrobiologists study the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility of life beyond Earth; a question that has fascinated scientists for hundreds of years. In this Very Short Introduction, David C. Catling introduces the latest scientific understanding of astrobiology, incorporating aspects of microbiology, geology, and astronomy.

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Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction


Claudio Tuniz

26 July 2012

Very Short Introductions

Radioactivity - the breakdown of unstable atomic nuclei, releasing radiation - is a fundamental process in nature, and used to provide important applications in science, medicine, and energy production. But it remains misunderstood and feared. In this Very Short Introduction, Claudio Tuniz explains the nature and mechanisms of radioactivity.

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Stars: A Very Short Introduction


Andrew King

26 July 2012

Very Short Introductions

Stars are a constant source of fascination. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew King introduces us to the science of stars; how they are born, how they live, and how they die. He shows how understanding the stars is the key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and how they provide us with clues to the existence of planets like our own.

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A Student's Guide to Einstein's Major Papers


Robert E Kennedy

19 January 2012

In 1905 Albert Einstein produced breakthrough work in three major areas of physics (atoms and Brownian motion, quanta, and the special theory of relativity), followed, in 1916, by the general theory of relativity. This book develops the detail of the papers, including the mathematics, to guide the reader in working through them.

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