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Classical Field Theory

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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107189614

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  • Classical field theory, which concerns the generation and interaction of fields, is a logical precursor to quantum field theory, and can be used to describe phenomena such as gravity and electromagnetism. Written for advanced undergraduates, and appropriate for graduate level classes, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to field theories, with a focus on their relativistic structural elements. Such structural notions enable a deeper understanding of Maxwell's equations, which lie at the heart of electromagnetism, and can also be applied to modern variants such as Chern–Simons and Born–Infeld. The structure of field theories and their physical predictions are illustrated with compelling examples, making this book perfect as a text in a dedicated field theory course, for self-study, or as a reference for those interested in classical field theory, advanced electromagnetism, or general relativity. Demonstrating a modern approach to model building, this text is also ideal for students of theoretical physics.

    • Provides a sophisticated review of material, allowing students to evaluate important topics
    • With an emphasis on clarity and simplicity it is accessible and will keep the reader focused
    • Includes a numerical methods chapter to allow readers to consider specific numerical techniques
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    'The style of the book is quite informal … but the computations appear to be correct, complete and suitable to the scope of the book. … The appendices about mathematical methods can be a good refresher for what was learnt in math courses and will suffice for understanding the mathematics in the different sections.' Giovanni Rastelli, Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107189614
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 193 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Special relativity
    2. Point particle fields
    3. Field lagrangians
    4. Gravity
    Appendix A. Mathematical methods
    Appendix B. Numerical methods
    Appendix C. E&M from an action
    References
    Index.

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    Classical Field Theory

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    Joel Franklin, Reed College, Oregon
    Joel Franklin is a Professor in the Physics Department of Reed College, Oregon. His work focuses on mathematical and computational methods with applications to classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, general relativity, and modifications of general relativity. He is author of two previous titles: Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity (Cambridge, 2010) and Computational Methods for Physics (Cambridge, 2013).

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