Physics of the 20th Century

Physics of the 20th Century

Physics of the 20th Century

Physics of the 20th Century

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This book tries to present the concepts of modern physics in a systematic, complete review. The reader will be burdened as little with details of experimental techniques as with mathematical formulations of theory. Without becoming too deeply absorbed in the many, noteworthy details, we shall direct our attention toward the decisive facts and views, toward the guiding viewpoints of research and toward the enlistment of the spirit, which gives modern physics its particular philosophical character, and which made the achievement of its revolutionary perception possible. First, we shall review the classical Galilean-Newtonian mechanics. A thorough appreciation of this is prerequisite to any understanding of the revolutionary developments of modern physics. Through the development of Maxwellian Electrodynamics we shall arrive at the modern views both in macrophysics and microphysics of atoms, electrons and quanta.

That modern physical research led to revolutionary changes in the traditional concepts of the natural sciences is by no means a new idea. The provocative appeal of these wonderful developments was not the only reason I felt it desirable to write this book. I was anxious, also, to aid in the gradual removal of misunderstandings of the newest developments in physics displayed by many laymen. Continuation of such misconceptions can . . .

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