From Aristotle to Schrödinger

The Curiosity of Physics

  • Antonis Modinos

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 1-12
  3. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 13-23
  4. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 25-41
  5. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 43-54
  6. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 55-82
  7. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 83-106
  8. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 107-131
  9. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 133-146
  10. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 147-187
  11. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 189-241
  12. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 243-259
  13. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 261-296
  14. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 297-354
  15. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 355-441
  16. Antonis Modinos
    Pages 443-490
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 491-517

About this book


From Aristotle to Schrödinger: The Curiosity of Physics offers a novel introduction to the topics commonly encountered in the first two years of an undergraduate physics course, including classical mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular physics, and astrophysics. The book presents physics as it evolved historically; it covers in considerable depth the development of the subject from ancient Greece to the present day. Though the emphasis is on the observations, experiments, theories, and applications of physics, there are additionally short sections on the life and times of the main protagonists of physics.

This book grew out of the author's long experience in giving undergraduate and graduate courses in classical physics and in quantum mechanics and its elementary applications. Although meant primarily for the student and teacher of physics, it will be of interest to other scientists and to historians of science, and to those who wish to know something about physics, how it started, and how it developed to its present day magnificence and sophistication.


Applications of Physics Classical Mechanics Core Physics Development of Physics History Physics Undergraduate Physics History of Physics Physics Biography Quantum Mechanics Quantum Theory Thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Antonis Modinos
    • 1
  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Physics National Technical University of Athens,BuryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00749-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00750-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
  • About this book