From Newton to Mandelbrot

A Primer in Theoretical Physics

  • Dietrich Stauffer
  • H. Eugene Stanley
  • Annick Lesne

Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 1-60
  3. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 61-92
  4. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 93-127
  5. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 129-188
  6. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 189-214
  7. Dietrich Stauffer, H. Eugene Stanley, Annick Lesne
    Pages 215-251
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-270

About this book


This textbook takes the reader on a tour of the most important landmarks of theoretical physics: classical, quantum, and statistical mechanics, relativity, electrodynamics, as well as the most modern and exciting of all: elementary particles and the physics of fractals. The second edition has been supplemented with a new chapter devoted to concise though complete presentation of dynamical systems, bifurcations and chaos theory. The treatment is confined to the essentials of each area, presenting all the central concepts and equations at an accessible level. Chapters 1 to 4 contain the standard material of courses in theoretical physics and are supposed to accompany lectures at the university; thus they are rather condensed. They are supposed to fill one year of teaching. Chapters 5 and 6, in contrast, are written less condensed since this material may not be part of standard lectures and thus could be studied without the help of a university teacher. An appendix on elementary particles lies somewhere in between: It could be a summary of a much more detailed course, or studied without such a course. Illustrations and numerous problems round off this unusual textbook. It will ideally accompany the students all along their course in theoretical physics and prove indispensable in preparing and revising the exams. It is also suited as a reference for teachers or scientists from other disciplines who are interested in the topic.


Basic Principles of Theoretical Physics Chaotic Dynamics Dynamical Systems and Chaos Electricity and Magnetism Fractal Geometry Fractals in Theoretical Physics Mechanics New Representations and Models of the Physical World Quantum Mechanics Statistical Physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Dietrich Stauffer
    • 1
  • H. Eugene Stanley
    • 2
  • Annick Lesne
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsCologne UniversityCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of Physics—Center for Polymer StudiesBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Laboratoire Physique Théorique de la Matière Condensée (LPTMC)Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-53683-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-53685-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4513
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-4521
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