WorldCat Identities

Longair, Malcolm

Works: 4 works in 12 publications in 2 languages and 289 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QC20, 006.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Malcolm Longair
Quantum concepts in physics : an alternative approach to the understanding of quantum mechanics by Malcolm Longair( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Written for advanced undergraduates, physicists, and historians and philosophers of physics, this book tells the story of the development of our understanding of quantum phenomena through the extraordinary years of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Rather than following the standard axiomatic approach, this book adopts a historical perspective, explaining clearly and authoritatively how pioneers such as Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli and Dirac developed the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and merged them into a coherent theory, and why the mathematical infrastructure of quantum mechanics has to be as complex as it is. The author creates a compelling narrative, providing a remarkable example of how physics and mathematics work in practice. The book encourages an enhanced appreciation of the interaction between mathematics, theory and experiment, helping the reader gain a deeper understanding of the development and content of quantum mechanics than any other text at this level"--
The large, the small, and the human mind by Roger Penrose( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume provides an accessible, illuminating & stimulating introduction to Penrose's vision of theoretical physics for the 21st century. His enthusiasm & insight shine through this brilliant account of the problems of modern physics
Das erklärte Universum by Malcolm S Longair( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Theoretical concepts in physics : an alternative view of theoretical reasoning in physics for final-year undergraduates by M. S Longair( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This second edition of a popular text demonstrates how physics can be appreciated through a series of case studies spanning a complete university physics course. Highlights include three new chapters on Newton's laws (one on ancient astronomy up to the time of Galileo, one on Galileo, and one on Newton); a new chapter on dimensional methods, chaos and self-organized criticality; and a new chapter on the technology of cosmology. Although all the arguments are presented precisely in physical and mathematical terminology, the book is written in a relatively non-technical manner, intended to convey a deep understanding and appreciation of the incredible achievements of theorists in creating the structure of modern physics
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.63 (from 0.37 for The large, ... to 0.67 for Quantum co ...)
English (11)
German (1)