Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. In this very short introduction frank close gives an account of how this area of physics has progressed, the identificationof quarks and gluons, including the recognition of how heavy nuclei are built up in the cores of stars and in supernovae, and the development of quantum chromodynamics QCD.

Thomson's discovery of the electron at the end of the 19th century, which implied the existence of a positive charge in the atom to make it neutral. J. Nuclear physics began long before the identification of fundamental particles, with J. Exploring key concepts such as the stability of different configurations of protons and neutrons in nuclei, Frank Close shows how nuclear physics brings the physics of the stars to Earth and provides us with important applications, particularly in medicine.

Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

#ad



Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - He concludes by looking ahead to newideas about the mystery of antimatter, the number of dimensions that there might be in the universe, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, electrons, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, and the ghostly neutrino. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109 #ad - Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments.

#ad



Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, probabilistic physics, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries.

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69 #ad - This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

#ad



Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. This is a clear, rigorous introduction to astrophysics for those keen to cut their teeth on a conceptualtreatment involving some mathematics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

He illustrates how the application of fundamental principles of physics - the consideration of energy and mass, andmomentum - and the two pillars of relativity and quantum mechanics, has provided insights into phenomena ranging from rapidly spinning millisecond pulsars to the collision of giant spiral galaxies.

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable . Astrophysics is the physics of the stars, and more widely the physics of the Universe. It enables us to understand the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, and the cosmos as a whole.

In this very short introduction, with vast quantities of data gathered by telescopes exploiting all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, the leading astrophysicist James Binney shows how the field of astrophysics has expanded rapidly in the past century, combined with the rapid advance of computing power, which has allowed increasingly effective mathematical modelling.

#ad



Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - 100 years ago, einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Using very little mathematics, russell stannard explains the important concepts of relativity, from E=mc2 to black holes, and explores the theory's impact on science and on our understanding of the universe.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. And that was just the Special Theory. With the general theorycame even stranger ideas of curved space-time, and changed our understanding of gravity and the cosmos. This authoritative and entertaining Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190 #ad - Our comforting newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: if you move at high speed, space squashes up and you get heavier; travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, time slows down, be squashed thinner than a CD without feeling a thing - and live for ever.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

#ad



Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. He discusses einstein's theory of gravity, which now supplants newton's, showing how it allows us to understand why the frequency of light changes as it passes through a gravitational field, why GPS satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up.

It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realisations about the nature of space and time. Gravity is not only universal, it is also essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. In this very short introduction Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory.

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as stringtheory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

. Today, almost 100 years after Einstein published his theory of gravity, we have even detected the waves of gravitational radiation that he predicted. Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of all celestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself.

Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

#ad



Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. He discusses the nature of nuclear energy and deals with various aspects of public concern, considering the risks of nuclear safety, the cost of its development, and waste disposal. Dispelling some of the widespread confusion about nuclear energy, the potential of nuclear fusion, Irvine considers the relevance of nuclear power, and encourages informed debate about its potential.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Here, maxwell irvine presents a concise introduction to the development of nuclear physics leading up to the emergence of the nuclear power industry. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - With the world desperate to find energy sources that do not emit carbon gasses, nuclear power is back on the agenda and in the news, following the increasing cost of fossil fuels and concerns about the security of their future supply. However, the term 'nuclear power' causes anxiety in many people and there is confusion concerning the nature and extent of the associated risks.

#ad



The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas or the cooling of a hot metal, to the unfolding of a thought in our minds and even the course of life itself, everything is governed by the four Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws specify the nature of 'energy' and 'temperature', and are soon revealed to reach out and define the arrow of time itself: why things change and why death must come.

In this very short introduction Peter Atkins explains the basis and deeper implications of each law, highlighting their relevance in everyday examples. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. These are not merely abstract ideas: they govern our lives.

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - In this concise and compelling introduction Atkins paints a lucid picture of the four elegant laws that, between them, drive the Universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Using the minimum of mathematics, he introduces concepts such as entropy, free energy, and to the brink and beyond of the absolute zero temperature.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

#ad



Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - It has been claimed as a great healer, with magnetic therapies being proposed over the centuries and still popular today. Why are its mysterious important to solve?In this Very Short Introduction, Stephen J. Blundell explains why. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Blundell explores our understanding of electricity and magnetism, Ampere, and Tesla, Faraday, from the work of Galvani, and goes on to explore how Maxwell and Faraday's work led to the unification of electricity and magnetism, thought of as one of themost imaginative developments in theoretical physics.

With a discussion of the relationship between magnetism and relativity, and its impact on computers and information storage, quantum magnetism, Blundell shows how magnetism has changed our fundamental understanding of the Universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - For centuries magnetism has been used for various exploits; through compasses it gave us navigation and through motors, generators, and turbines it has given us power. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Magnetism is a strange force, mysteriously attracting one object to another apparently through empty space.

#ad



Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - Our sense of sight provides us with direct information about space and time, the physical arrangement of the world, and how it changes. Turning to the future of optics, Walmsley concludes by looking at some of the most exciting new developments using quantum light sources in communications and computing.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Light enables us to see the world around us. But the light we see is just a small part of the whole spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, ranging from radio waves to gamma rays.

In this very short introduction ian walmsley discusses early attempts to explain light, and the development of apparently opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens. We now use the whole range of electromagnetic radiation to peer both into the human body and deep into space.

Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - This almost universal shared sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light across the ages. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. He also describes the many applications of light, DVDs, domestic and scientific, such asmicrowaves, and lasers.

Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. He shows how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century, and the development of the quantum mechanics view of wave-particle duality in the 20th century.

#ad



Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322

#ad
OUP Oxford #ad - Our very own star, the Sun, is crucial to the development and sustainability of life on Earth. This very short introduction presents a modern, authoritative examination of how stars live, and how they die, producing all the chemical elements beyond helium, sometimes spectacularly, to end as remnants such as black holes.

Andrew king shows how understanding the stars is key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and thus the history of our entire Universe, as well as the existence of planets like our own. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322 #ad - . Every atom of our bodies has been part of a star. King presents a fascinating exploration of the science of stars, from the mechanisms that allow stars to form and the processes that allow them to shine, as well as the results of their inevitable death. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

#ad