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Nonlinear Dynamics: Exploration Through Normal Forms

by Peter B. Kahn & Yair Zarmi Dover Publications (June 10, 2014)

Geared toward advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this exposition covers the method of normal forms and its application to ordinary differential equations through perturbation analysis. In addition...


Physics and Music: The Science of Musical Sound

by Harvey E. White & Donald H. White Dover Publications (April 15, 2014)

Comprehensive and accessible, this foundational text surveys general principles of sound, musical scales, characteristics of instruments, mechanical and electronic recording devices, and many other topics....


The Variational Principles of Mechanics

by Cornelius Lanczos Dover Publications (March 27, 2012)

Philosophic, less formalistic approach to analytical mechanics offers model of clear, scholarly exposition at graduate level with coverage of basics, calculus of variations, principle of virtual work, equations...


Mathematical Physics

by Donald H. Menzel Dover Publications (April 25, 2012)

Useful treatment of classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and relativity includes explanations of function theory, vectors, matrices, dyadics, tensors, partial differential equations, other advanced mathematical...


Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

by Peter T. Landsberg Dover Publications (February 08, 2014)

Exceptionally articulate treatment of negative temperatures, relativistic effects, black hole thermodynamics, gravitational collapse, much more. Over 100 problems with worked solutions. Geared toward advanced...


Topics in Advanced Quantum Mechanics

by Barry R. Holstein Dover Publications (August 21, 2013)

This graduate-level text explores propagator methods, scattering theory, charged particle interactions and their applications, alternate approximate methods, and the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations. Problems...


Quantum Theory of Fields

by Gregor Wentzel Dover Publications (March 05, 2014)

Written by a pioneer of quantum field theory, this introductory volume explores scalar fields, vector meson fields, quantum electrodynamics, quantization of electron wave field according to exclusion principle....


Quantum Mechanics

by Albert Messiah Dover Publications (February 17, 2014)

"Strongly recommended" by the American Journal of Physics, this volume serves as a text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of physics as well as a reference for professionals. Clear in its presentation...


Boundary and Eigenvalue Problems in Mathematical Physics

by Hans Sagan Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Well-known text uses a few basic concepts to solve such problems as the vibrating string, vibrating membrane, and heat conduction. Problems and solutions. 31 illustrations.


Statistical Physics

by Gregory H. Wannier Dover Publications (July 12, 2012)

Classic text combines thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory in one unified presentation. Topics include equilibrium statistics of special systems, kinetic theory, transport coefficients,...


Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers: Second Corrected Edition

by Royal Eugene Collins Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

Practical text focuses on fundamental applied math needed to deal with physics and engineering problems: elementary vector calculus, special functions of mathematical physics, calculus of variations, much more....


The Direction of Time

by Hans Reichenbach Dover Publications (September 12, 2012)

Distinguished physicist examines emotive significance of time, time order of mechanics, time direction of thermodynamics and microstatistics, time direction of macrostatistics, time of quantum physics, more....


Primer of Quantum Mechanics

by Marvin Chester Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Introductory text examines classical quantum bead on a track: state and representations; operator eigenvalues; harmonic oscillator and bound bead in a symmetric force field; bead in spherical shell. 1992 edition....


Linear Operators for Quantum Mechanics

by Thomas F. Jordan Dover Publications (August 23, 2012)

Suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this compact treatment examines linear space, functionals, and operators; diagonalizing operators; operator algebras; and equations of motion. 1969...


Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

by George W. Mackey Dover Publications (September 13, 2012)

This graduate-level text introduces fundamentals of classical mechanics; surveys basics of quantum mechanics; and concludes with a look at group theory and quantum mechanics of the atom. 1963 edition.


Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

by S. R. De Groot & P. Mazur Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

Classic monograph treats irreversible processes and phenomena of thermodynamics: non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Covers statistical foundations and applications with chapters on fluctuation theory, theory of...


The Classical Electromagnetic Field

by Leonard Eyges Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

This excellent text covers a year's course. Topics include vectors D and H inside matter, conservation laws for energy, momentum, invariance, form invariance, covariance in special relativity, and more.


Lectures on Gas Theory

by Ludwig Boltzmann Dover Publications (July 18, 2012)

One of the great masterpieces of theoretical physics, this classic work contains a comprehensive exposition of the kinetic theory of gases that is still relevant today, nearly 100 years after its first publication....


Principles of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

by D. F. Lawden Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

A thorough exploration of the universal principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, this volume takes an applications-oriented approach to a multitude of situations arising in physics and engineering....


Solid State Theory

by Walter A. Harrison Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Thorough, modern study of solid state physics; solid types and symmetry, electron states, electronic properties and cooperative phenomena.


The Lightning Discharge

by Martin A. Uman Dover Publications (July 24, 2012)

Absorbing monograph by expert sets forth most of known properties of lightning: cloud and lightning charges, stepped leader, return stroke, dart leader, lightning on other planets, thunder, more. 144 illustrations....


Physics of Fully Ionized Gases: Second Revised Edition

by Lyman Spitzer Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

An introductory course in theoretical physics is the sole prerequisite for this general but simple introduction to the fields of plasma and fusion research. 1962 edition.


Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics

by Max Planck Dover Publications (June 08, 2012)

Landmark lectures (1909) by Nobel Prize winner deal with application of quantum hypothesis to blackbody radiation, principle of least action, relativity theory, more. 1915 edition.


Introduction to Mathematical Fluid Dynamics

by Richard E. Meyer Dover Publications (February 10, 2012)

Excellent coverage of kinematics, momentum principle, Newtonian fluid, rotating fluids, compressibility, and more. Geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate students of mathematics and science; prerequisites...


Beta Decay for Pedestrians

by Harry J. Lipkin Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

Graduate-level text presents aspects of beta decay that can be understood without formal theory, making a clear distinction between results dependent and independent of assumptions underlying the theory. 1962...


Applied Optics and Optical Design, Part One

by A. E. Conrady Dover Publications (December 11, 2012)

Classic detailed treatment for practical designer. Fundamental concepts, systematic study and design of all types of optical systems. Reader can then design simpler optical systems without aid. Part One of Two....


Variational Principles in Dynamics and Quantum Theory

by Wolfgang Yourgrau & Stanley Mandelstam Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Historical, theoretical survey with many insights, much hard-to-find material. Hamilton’s principle, Hamilton-Jacobi equation, etc.


Plasma Confinement

by R. D. Hazeltine & J. D. Meiss Dover Publications (January 23, 2013)

Graduate-level text examines the essential physics underlying international research in magnetic confinement fusion with accounts of fundamental concepts behind methods of confining plasma at or near thermonuclear...


An Introduction to the Theory of Elasticity

by R. J. Atkin & N. Fox Dover Publications (January 23, 2013)

Accessible text covers deformation and stress, derivation of equations of finite elasticity, and formulation of infinitesimal elasticity with application to two- and three-dimensional static problems and elastic...


Concepts of Force

by Max Jammer Dover Publications (July 03, 2012)

This work by a noted physicist traces conceptual development from ancient to modern times. Kepler's initiation, Newton's definition, subsequent reinterpretation — contrasting concepts of Leibniz, Boscovich,...


Dimensional Analysis: Examples of the Use of Symmetry

by Hans G. Hornung Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

Derived from a course in fluid mechanics, this text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students employs symmetry arguments to illustrate the principles of dimensional analysis. 2006 edition.


Electromagnetism

by John C. Slater & Nathaniel H. Frank Dover Publications (February 10, 2012)

A basic introduction to electromagnetism, supplying the fundamentals of electrostatics and magnetostatics, in addition to a thorough investigation of electromagnetic theory. Numerous problems and references....


Foundations of Laser Spectroscopy

by Stig Stenholm Dover Publications (August 23, 2012)

A simple presentation of the theoretical foundations of steady-state laser spectroscopy, this text helps students to apply theory to calculations with a systematic series of examples and exercises. 1984 edition....


Methods of Thermodynamics

by Howard Reiss Dover Publications (August 08, 2012)

Outstanding text focuses on physical technique of thermodynamics, typical problems, and significance and use of thermodynamic potential. Mathematical apparatus, first law of thermodynamics, second law and entropy,...


Philosophic Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

by Hans Reichenbach Dover Publications (May 22, 2012)

Noted philosopher offers a philosophical interpretation of quantum physics that reviews the basics of quantum mechanics and outlines their mathematical methods, blending philosophical ideas and mathematical...


Elasticity

by Robert William Soutas-Little Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

A comprehensive survey of the methods and theories of linear elasticity, this three-part introductory treatment covers general theory, two-dimensional elasticity, and three-dimensional elasticity. Ideal text...


Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

by E. Atlee Jackson Dover Publications (October 24, 2012)

Key features include an elementary introduction to probability, distribution functions, and uncertainty; a review of the concept and significance of energy; and various models of physical systems. 1968 edition....


The Quantum Mechanics of Many-Body Systems: Second Edition

by D.J. Thouless Dover Publications (December 03, 2013)

This treatment addresses problems and solutions related to nuclear and atomic physics, electron theory of metals, other areas. Topics include variational methods, perturbation theory, statistical mechanics,...


Lectures on Quantum Mechanics

by Paul A. M. Dirac Dover Publications (April 29, 2013)

Four concise, brilliant lectures on mathematical methods in quantum mechanics from Nobel Prize–winning quantum pioneer build on idea of visualizing quantum theory through the use of classical mechanics.


Treatise on Thermodynamics

by Max Planck Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

Great classic, still one of the best introductions to thermodynamics. Fundamentals, first and second principles of thermodynamics, applications to special states of equilibrium, more. Numerous worked examples....


Theory of Relativity

by W. Pauli Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

Nobel Laureate's brilliant early treatise on Einstein's theory consists of his original 1921 text plus retrospective comments 35 years later. Concise and comprehensive, it pays special attention to unified field...


States of Matter

by David L. Goodstein Dover Publications (July 04, 2013)

Overview covers thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; gases, solids, and liquids; perfect gases; electronics in metals; the Bose condensation; and numerous pertinent aspects of phase transitions. 1975 edition....


Theoretical Hydrodynamics

by L. M. Milne-Thomson Dover Publications (March 25, 2013)

Classic exposition of the mathematical theory of fluid motion, applicable to both hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. Treatment based on vector methods and notation. Over 600 exercises. 391 diagrams. 1968 edition....


Statistical Thermodynamics

by Erwin Schrodinger Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

Nobel Laureate's brilliant attempt to develop a simple, unified standard method of dealing with all cases of statistical thermodynamics — classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc..


Atomic Physics: 8th Edition

by Max Born Dover Publications (March 25, 2013)

Nobel Laureate's lucid treatment of kinetic theory of gases, elementary particles, nuclear atom, wave-corpuscles, atomic structure and spectral lines, much more. Over 40 appendices, bibliography.


Theoretical Physics

by Georg Joos & Ira M. Freeman Dover Publications (March 25, 2013)

Classic treatise covers mathematical topics needed by theoretical and experimental physicists (vector analysis, calculus of variations, etc.), followed by coverage of mechanics, electromagnetic theory, thermodynamics,...


Radiative Transfer

by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

This book by a Nobel Laureate provides the foundation for analysis of stellar atmospheres, planetary illumination, and sky radiation. Suitable for students and professionals in physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics,...


The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory

by Werner Heisenberg Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

Nobel Laureate discusses quantum theory, uncertainty, wave mechanics, work of Dirac, Schroedinger, Compton, Einstein, others. "An authoritative statement of Heisenberg's views on this aspect of the quantum theory."...


The Principle of Relativity

by Albert Einstein & Francis A. Davis Dover Publications (March 25, 2013)

Eleven papers that forged the general and special theories of relativity include seven papers by Einstein, two by Lorentz, and one each by Minkowski and Weyl. 1923 edition.


The Superfluid Phases of Helium 3

by Dieter Vollhardt & Peter Wolfle Dover Publications (August 21, 2013)

This classic of modern theoretical physics is the first and only comprehensive treatment of the superfluid phases of helium 3. The self-contained approach emphasizes symmetries and the consequences of their...