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Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics

26 Surprising Insights

  • A book that will delight all physics aficionados

  • An informative and insightful volume by a master theorist

  • Brings together a broad range of topics while helping to display the unity of physics

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Physics (LNP, volume 895)

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XVI
  2. The Grand Cube of Theoretical Physics

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Emergence of Classical Physics

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 7-23
  4. Orbits of Planets are Circles!

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 25-42
  5. The Importance of being Inverse-square

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 43-55
  6. Potential surprises in Newtonian Gravity

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 57-63
  7. Lagrange and his Points

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 65-71
  8. Getting the most of it!

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 73-88
  9. Surprises in Fluid Flows

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 89-97
  10. Isochronous Curiosities: Classical and Quantum

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 99-108
  11. Logarithms of Nature

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 109-115
  12. Curved Spacetime for pedestrians

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 117-126
  13. Black hole is a Hot Topic

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 127-134
  14. Thomas and his Precession

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 135-142
  15. When Thomas met Foucault

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 143-152
  16. The One-body Problem

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 153-165
  17. The Straight and Narrow Path of Waves

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 167-174
  18. Make it Complex to Simplify

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 191-204
  19. Nothing matters a lot

    • Thanu Padmanabhan
    Pages 205-217

About this book

This book addresses a fascinating set of questions in theoretical physics which will both entertain and enlighten all students, teachers and researchers and other physics aficionados. These range from Newtonian mechanics to quantum field theory and cover several puzzling issues that do not appear in standard textbooks. Some topics cover conceptual conundrums, the solutions to which lead to surprising insights; some correct popular misconceptions in the textbook discussion of certain topics; others illustrate deep connections between apparently unconnected domains of theoretical physics; and a few provide remarkably simple derivations of results which are not often appreciated. The connoisseur of theoretical physics will enjoy a feast of pleasant surprises skilfully prepared by an internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist. Each topic is introduced with proper background discussion and special effort is taken to make the discussion self-contained, clear and comprehensible to anyone with an undergraduate education in physics.

Keywords

  • Conundrums in Physics
  • Entertaining Physics
  • Physics Paradoxes
  • Physics Puzzles
  • Physics Surprises
  • Theoretical Physics Challenges
  • Unexpected Connections in Physics

Reviews

“It would be hard to find someone who would learn nothing from this book. … I think that most physicists would both benefit from and enjoy working through the arguments … presented here. … I recommend it highly.” (Phillip Helbig, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1250), February, 2016)

“In Thanu Padmanabhan’s new book, Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics: 26 Surprising Insights, he aims to impart to aspiring theorists some of the important connections and techniques – spanning gravitation, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics – that he’s learned over his career. … All in all, Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics is a potentially excellent resource for those looking to add to their mental tool kit and sharpen their theoretical skills.” (Ethan Siegel, Physics Today, November, 2015)

“The collection is a highly suitable pedagogic material and should be a must read for anyone who is interested in Physics, either for a career or for pleasure. It should require no more expertise than is available to an advanced undergraduate student of Physics or allied disciplines. I recommend that this is definitely acquired by all college libraries.” (R. Ramachandran, IAPT Physics Education, Vol. 31 (2), April-June, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India

    Thanu Padmanabhan

About the author

Professor Padmanabhan, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is currently a Distinguished Professor at IUCAA, Pune, India. A gifted researcher and teacher, he has published nearly 250 technical papers and authored ten books which have made significant impact. His research has won prizes six times in recent years from the Gravity Research Foundation, USA including the First Award in 2008. He is currently (2011-14) the Chairman of the IUPAP Astrophysics Commission and was the President of the IAU Cosmology Commission (2009-12). He has received numerous national and international awards including Padma Shri, the presidential medal of honor in India.

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Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-13443-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)