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Physics from Symmetry


  • A highly praised new approach to teaching basic physics based on symmetry principles

  • Self-contained and pedagogical presentation

  • Reveals the inner consistency and elegance of theoretical physics in a way no text book has done before


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 3-9
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 11-22
  3. Symmetry Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 25-89
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 91-110
  4. The Equations of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 113-116
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 117-125
    4. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 127-170
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 173-204
    3. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 205-226
    4. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 227-231
    5. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 233-238
    6. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 239-244
    7. Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 245-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-279

About this book


This is a textbook that derives the fundamental theories of physics from symmetry.
It starts by introducing, in a completely self-contained way, all mathematical tools needed to use symmetry ideas in physics. Thereafter, these tools are put into action and by using symmetry constraints, the fundamental equations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, Electromagnetism, and Classical Mechanics are derived.

As a result, the reader is able to understand the basic assumptions behind, and the connections between the modern theories of physics. The book concludes with first applications of the previously derived equations.


Foundations of Physics Introduction to Group Theory Introduction to Quantum Field Theory Lie Group Theory in Physics Symmetries in Physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.KarlsruheGermany

About the authors

Jakob Schwichtenberg, Karlsruhe, Germany

Bibliographic information


“The main purpose of this book is to present an updated modern approach to physical theories thorough symmetry methods. … this book describes rather well the not always easy to understand subject of symmetry methods in physics, and will be a valuable addition to the bibliography for any interested reader, and even for the expert … .” (Rutwig Campoamor-Stursberg, zbMATH 1330.81005, 2016)

“This book should be a must for every science and math undergraduate. It is the right way to introduce physics to young students and a significant improvement on the way in which undergraduate courses started with classical physics. The beauty of the subject is made obvious and the built up of the field of physics is clearly illustrated; without compromising on the maths. … I would recommend this book to anybody.” (Rudy Blyweert,, October, 2015)