Book 2016

From Quarks to the Universe

A Short Physics Course

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ISBN: 978-3-319-20653-0 (Print) 978-3-319-20654-7 (Online)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii

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    Chapter

    Pages 1-7

    Introduction: The World According to Physics

  3. Three Key-Ideas and a Short-Cut

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9

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      Chapter

      Pages 11-25

      The Atomic Idea

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      Chapter

      Pages 27-49

      The Wave-Particle Duality

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      Chapter

      Pages 51-66

      Equilibrium and Minimization of Total Energy

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      Chapter

      Pages 67-81

      Dimensional Analysis: A Short-Cut to Physics Relations

  4. Interactions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-83

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      Chapter

      Pages 85-104

      Photons: Messengers and Connectors

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      Chapter

      Pages 105-119

      The Other Interactions

  5. Structures Held Together by Strong Interactions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 121-121

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      Chapter

      Pages 123-131

      From Quarks and Gluons to Hadrons

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      Chapter

      Pages 133-151

      From Protons and Neutrons to Nuclei

  6. Structures Held Together by Electromagnetic Interactions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-154

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      Chapter

      Pages 155-166

      From Nuclei and Electrons to Atoms

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      Chapter

      Pages 167-189

      From Atoms to Molecules

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      Chapter

      Pages 191-217

      From Atoms (or Molecules) to Solids (or Liquids)

  7. Gravity at the Front Stage

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 219-221

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      Chapter

      Pages 223-232

      Planets

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      Chapter

      Pages 233-248

      Stars, Dead or Alive

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      Chapter

      Pages 249-270

      The Observable Universe

  8. Back Matter

    Pages 271-326