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Einstein's Physics: Atoms, Quanta, and Relativity - Derived, Explained, and Appraised

Ta-Pei Cheng


Einstein’s doctoral thesis and his Brownian motion paper were decisive contributions to our understanding of matter as composed of molecules and atoms. Einstein was one of the founding fathers of quantum theory: his photon proposal through the investigation of blackbody radiation, his quantum theory of specific heat, his calculation of radiation fluctuation giving the first statement of wave–particle duality, his introduction of probability in the description of quantum radiative transitions, and finally quantum statistics and Bose–Einstein condensation. Einstein’s special theory of relativity ... More

Keywords: einstein, atoms, brownian, quantum, radiation, duality, relativity, spacetime, cosmology, physics, history, gravity, photon, gauge, Kaluza–Klein, unification, extra dimension, newton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ta-Pei Cheng, author
University of Missouri - St. Louis, and Portland State University