Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Eleftherios N. Economou
    Pages 1-7
  3. Three Key-Ideas and a Short-Cut

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 11-25
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 27-49
    4. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 51-66
    5. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 67-81
  4. Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 85-104
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 105-119
  5. Structures Held Together by Strong Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 123-131
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 133-151
  6. Structures Held Together by Electromagnetic Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-154
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      Pages 155-166
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
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    4. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 191-217
  7. Gravity at the Front Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-221
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    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
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About this book

Introduction

This book takes the reader for a short journey over the structures of matter showing that their main properties can be obtained even at a quantitative level with a minimum background knowledge including, besides first year calculus and physics, the extensive use of dimensional analysis and the three cornerstones of science, namely the atomic idea, the wave-particle duality and the minimization of energy as the condition for equilibrium. Dimensional analysis employing the universal physical constants and combined with “a little imagination and thinking”, to quote Feynman, allow an amazing short-cut derivation of several quantitative results concerning the structures of matter. In the current 2nd edition, new material and more explanations with more detailed derivations were added to make the book more student-friendly. Many multiple-choice questions with the correct answers at the end of the book, solved and unsolved problems make the book also suitable as a textbook. This book is of interest to students of physics, engineering and other science and to researchers in physics, material science, chemistry and engineering who may find stimulating the alternative derivation of several real world results which sometimes seem to pop out the magician’s hat.

Keywords

Dimensional Analysis LCAO Method and Semiconductors Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals Quark, Gluons and Hadrons Robertson-Walker Model Structure of Matter Structures Mediated by Strong Interactions interactions of Elementary Particles

Authors and affiliations

  • Eleftherios N. Economou
    • 1
  1. 1.FORTH Institute, IESLUniversity of CreteIraklionGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20654-7
  • Copyright Information Springer international Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20653-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20654-7
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