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The Beauty of Physics: Patterns, Principles, and Perspectives

A. R. P. Rau


This book is about ideas and themes in physics. A small set of them apply over broad areas of physics, and in that wide reach lies some of the power, beauty, and attraction of the subject. Many metaphors from ordinary language or other disciplines have been adopted by physicists, albeit with a specific and distinct flavour. The selection of topics reflects four decades in research physics. Each chapter, on themes such as dimensions, transformations, symmetries, or maps, begins with simple examples accessible to all; these are then connected to sophisticated realizations in more advanced topics ... More

Keywords: pattern, symmetry, great physicist, transformation, dimension, map

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. R. P. Rau, author
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University