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Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction


Geoff Cottrell

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

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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An Introduction to Non-Perturbative Foundations of Quantum Field Theory


Franco Strocchi

August 2016

International Series of Monographs on Physics

The book discusses fundamental aspects of Quantum Field Theory and of Gauge theories, with attention to mathematical consistency. Basic issues of the standard model of elementary particles (Higgs mechanism and chiral symmetry breaking in quantum Chromodynamics) are treated without relying on the perturbative expansion and on instanton calculus.

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Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction


Owen Gingerich

August 2016

Very Short Introductions

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction


James Binney

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

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

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

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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Introduction to General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology


Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat

November 2014

A precise yet simple introduction to the foundations and main consequences of General Relativity. The first five chapters from Choquet-Bruhat's General Relativity and the Einstein Equations (2008) have been updated with new sections and chapters on black holes, gravitational waves, singularities and more to form this textbook.

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Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur


Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell

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

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

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

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

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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Planets: A Very Short Introduction


David A. Rothery

November 2010

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction discusses the nature of planets and gas giants, and their rings and moons. It also looks beyond Pluto, in the Kuiper Belt, at the knowledge we have about planets around other stars. With many striking photos to illustrate the details, it demonstrates the unique world of every planet.

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Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction

Second Edition


Ta-Pei Cheng

November 2009

Oxford Master Series in Physics

This book provides an introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity. A "physics-first" approach is adopted so that interesting applications come before the more difficult task of solving the Einstein equation. The book includes extensive coverage of cosmology, and is designed to allow readers to study the subject alone.

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Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction


John Gribbin

March 2008

Very Short Introductions

Galaxies are the building blocks of the Universe: standing like islands in space, they are where the stars are born and where many extraordinary and little-understood phenomena can be observed. Here, renowned science writer John Gribbin explores what we have learnt about the cosmos through studying both our own galaxy and our distant neighbours.

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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction


Frank Close

May 2004

Very Short Introductions

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The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction


Michael Hoskin

May 2003

Very Short Introductions

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction


John Polkinghorne

May 2002

Very Short Introductions

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