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A Course in Mathematical Physics 2

Classical Field Theory

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Walter Thirring
    Pages 1-45
  3. The Field in the Presence of Conductors

    • Walter Thirring
    Pages 102-154
  4. Gravitation

    • Walter Thirring
    Pages 155-252
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 253-261

About this book

In the past decade the language and methods ofmodern differential geometry have been increasingly used in theoretical physics. What seemed extravagant when this book first appeared 12 years ago, as lecture notes, is now a commonplace. This fact has strengthened my belief that today students of theoretical physics have to learn that language-and the sooner the better. Afterall, they willbe the professors ofthe twenty-first century and it would be absurd if they were to teach then the mathematics of the nineteenth century. Thus for this new edition I did not change the mathematical language. Apart from correcting some mistakes I have only added a section on gauge theories. In the last decade it has become evident that these theories describe fundamental interactions, and on the classical level their structure is suffi­ cientlyclear to qualify them for the minimum amount ofknowledge required by a theoretician. It is with much regret that I had to refrain from in­ corporating the interesting developments in Kaluza-Klein theories and in cosmology, but I felt bound to my promise not to burden the students with theoretical speculations for which there is no experimental evidence. I am indebted to many people for suggestions concerning this volume. In particular, P. Aichelburg, H. Rumpf and H. Urbantke have contributed generously to corrections and improvements. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. 1. Dahl-Jensen for redoing some of the figures on the computer.

Keywords

  • cosmology
  • differential geometry
  • geometry
  • mathematical physics
  • theoretical physics

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Walter Thirring

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Course in Mathematical Physics 2

  • Book Subtitle: Classical Field Theory

  • Authors: Walter Thirring

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8762-4

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 1978

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-96266-5Published: 20 February 1998

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4612-6463-7Published: 31 January 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-8762-4Published: 08 July 2014

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: X, 261

  • Topics: Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics

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eBook USD 39.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-4419-8762-4
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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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