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A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts

Volume IV: Heat, Atoms and Quanta

  • Kerry Kuehn

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

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About this book

Introduction

This book provides a chronological introduction to modern atomic theory, which represented an attempt to reconcile the ancient doctrine of atomism with careful experiments—performed during the 19th century—on the flow of heat through substances and across empty space.  Included herein are selections from classic texts such as Carnot’s Reflection on the Motive Power of Fire, Clausius’ Mechanical Theory of Heat, Rutherford’s Nuclear Constitution of Atoms, Planck’s Atomic Theory of Matter, and Heisenberg’s Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection.  Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis and conclusions.  Numerical and laboratory exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text. 

Heat, Radiation and Quanta is the last of four volumes in A Student’s Guide through the Great Physics Texts.  The book comes from a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics.  

This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy.  It might also serve as a textbook for advanced high-school or home-schooled students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers.  In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

Keywords

Analysis of classics cosmology texts History of science book Physics and astronomy text atomic theory heat, radiation and quanta

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerry Kuehn
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  1. 1.MilwaukeeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21828-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21827-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21828-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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