Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Modern Physics

Special Relativity, Quantum and Statistical Physics

  • Carlo Maria Becchi
  • Massimo D'Elia

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 1-66
  3. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 67-166
  4. Carlo Maria Becchi, Massimo D’Elia
    Pages 167-237
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


This is the third edition of a well-received textbook on modern physics theory. This book provides an elementary but rigorous and self-contained presentation of the simplest theoretical framework that will meet the needs of undergraduate students. In addition, a number of examples of relevant applications and an appropriate list of solved problems are provided.Apart from a substantial extension of the proposed problems, the new edition provides more detailed discussion on Lorentz transformations and their group properties, a deeper treatment of quantum mechanics in a central potential, and a closer comparison of statistical mechanics in classical and in quantum physics.

The first part of the book is devoted to special relativity, with a particular focus on space-time relativity and relativistic kinematics. The second part deals with Schrödinger's formulation of quantum mechanics. The presentation concerns mainly one-dimensional problems, but some three-dimensional examples are discussed in detail. The third part addresses the application of Gibbs’ statistical methods to quantum systems and in particular to Bose and Fermi gases.


Gibbs Statistical Methods Relativistic Kinematics Schrödinger's Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Solved Problems in Modern Physics Space-Time Relativity Statistical Mechanics in Classical Physics Statistical Mechanics in Quantum Physics Undergraduate Textbook on Modern Physics Theory Undergraduate Textbook on Special Relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Carlo Maria Becchi
    • 1
  • Massimo D'Elia
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GenoaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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