Skip to main content
  • Textbook
  • © 2015

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

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-19201-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIX
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 3-9
    3. Special Relativity

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 11-22
  3. Symmetry Tools

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. Lie Group Theory

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 25-89
    3. The Framework

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 91-110
  4. The Equations of Nature

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. Measuring Nature

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 113-116
    3. Free Theory

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 117-125
    4. Interaction Theory

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 127-170
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-171
    2. Quantum Mechanics

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 173-204
    3. Quantum Field Theory

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 205-226
    4. Classical Mechanics

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 227-231
    5. Electrodynamics

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 233-238
    6. Gravity

      • Jakob Schwichtenberg
      Pages 239-244
    7. Closing Words

      • 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.

Keywords

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

Reviews

“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, Amazon.com, October, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karlsruhe, Germany

    Jakob Schwichtenberg

About the author

Jakob Schwichtenberg, Karlsruhe, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-19201-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout