Free eBook Modern Classical Physics: Optics, Fluids, Plasmas, Elasticity, Relativity, and Statistical PhysicsAuthor Kip S Thorne –

Superb, every scientist should have a copy Math says what is true, physics says what is real and engineers say what can be achieved This is an essential book ties it all together using the geometric methodology. This First Year, Graduate Level Text And Reference Book Covers The Fundamental Concepts And Twenty First Century Applications Of Six Major Areas Of Classical Physics That Every Masters Or PhD Level Physicist Should Be Exposed To, But Often Isn T Statistical Physics, Optics Waves Of All Sorts , Elastodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Physics, And Special And General Relativity And Cosmology Growing Out Of A Full Year Course That The Eminent Researchers Kip Thorne And Roger Blandford Taught At Caltech For Almost Three Decades, This Book Is Designed To Broaden The Training Of Physicists Its Six Main Topical Sections Are Also Designed So They Can Be Used In Separate Courses, And The Book Provides An Invaluable Reference For Researchers Presents All The Major Fields Of Classical Physics Except Three Prerequisites Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, And Elementary Thermodynamics Elucidates The Interconnections Between Diverse Fields And Explains Their Shared Concepts And Tools Focuses On Fundamental Concepts And Modern, Real World Applications Takes Applications From Fundamental, Experimental, And Applied Physics Astrophysics And Cosmology Geophysics, Oceanography, And Meteorology Biophysics And Chemical Physics Engineering And Optical Science And Technology And Information Science And Technology Emphasizes The Quantum Roots Of Classical Physics And How To Use Quantum Techniques To Elucidate Classical Concepts Or Simplify Classical Calculations Features Hundreds Of Color Figures, Some Five Hundred Exercises, Extensive Cross References, And A Detailed Index An Online Illustration Package Is Available To Professors Love the book, expect to spend years happily working with it, as with Thorne s other massive book, Gravitation But if an author is going to write exercises into the text five different types then why not provide answers, at least to every other That is my only disappointment, a crushing one at that I would have liked to have some confirmation that I can work with the concepts. I took this course Ph 136 Applications of Classical Physics at Caltech 33 years ago from Kip Thorne I also had Roger Blandford as a professor for high energy astrophysics they are both top notch physicists and teachers as well Some have wished the book was broken up in 3 4 books I disagree, I suspect most of these complaints are by readers in the early chapters of the book But what happens when you get to the later parts, on lets say, plasma physics, and need to refer back to a statistical mechanics chapter and the other book is somewhere else I am glad it is one book My only criticism is that the book could be shorter The authors spend many pages telling you every chapter and every part what they are going to do in the coming pages in my opinion they should just dive in and do it I don t need a readers or professor s teaching guide for a graduate level textbook. If you want your physics by the pound, Modern Classical Physics MCP is your book, and 2017 Nobel Laureate, Kip Thorne is your man To over use a cliche, this 9.5 pound, 1511 page tome, is a tour de force I received it as a 2017 Christmas present What a gift Sold as a first year graduate course in Physics, anyone who has browsed through it, would discover as I did, that this is certainly true if the graduate course in question is one of the caliber of a Cal Tech, Princeton or Stanford University However, at most American universities, this content would be broken up into six or second year or above graduate level courses.As a dilettante, and a Physicist wanna be, I only wanted to get right to the sexy stuff, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Cosmology, but first Kip had to give us a little Roo Roo, called optics, fluids, plasmas, statistical physics and elasticity Indeed, only as an afterthought, does it all make complete sense, because at various points in my physics life, I too have had to grapple with each of these as a side issue while pursuing other topics I guess the logic is Why not treat them all up front and get them out of the way A warning to those squeamish about mathematics Be ready to rumble, to jump off the high end of the diving board, as the book assumes everything up to Tensors to be elementary mathematics Say what.The good news is that if you are old like me, you don t have to worry about working out the exercises Imagining the broad outlines of their respective solutions is quite sufficient provided you do not cheat You must play the mind games fairly in order to feel that you really understand.I guess my point is this You only need a good enough grasp of the concepts to be able to follow the mathematics to their logical conclusions without getting stuck As usual, this means from time to time, you must consult and review older mathematics texts, or run the risk of getting tied in knots trying to unravel the matrix notation implicit in most of the generalized formulations But as anyone who has been reading any modern physics texts knows, that is par for the course In this case, it is par for six different courses It helps too if you have been over this material before, in particular, the geometric paradigm, because prior knowledge will kick in at the right time.One reviewer complained that he did not need any handholding Well, I say speak for yourself For me, the handholding the better I found it especially helpful for the authors to give us a thorough overview of his approach, and then tell us where earlier topics would be inserted and used in the grand finale and then pointed back to those references once we got there Going back and forth, not only was useful, but necessary In fact without these critical intercessions, it was quite easy for my mind to drift off Statistical Physics, Optics and Fluids, okay Even Elasticity too, but why would I need a primer in Plasma physics in order to prepare for Relativity and Cosmology It didn t matter, I cheated anyway, and jumped forward to the main menu items, General relativity and Cosmology But I will be the first to admit that even after reviewing every U Tube lecture on Einstein s field equations, and going over Richard Feynman s two volume Lectures in Physics for the third or fourth time, these authors treatment of the Field Equations were still scary Even with that much preparation, the presentation in this book remained difficult.My plan going forward is to stick with the difficult parts until I am satisfied that I understand them well enough for my own needs This is a once in a lifetime book, and I am going to enjoy it for years to come What a treat for a home grown frustrated Physicist 10 stars I would like to emphasize an aspect of this book that none of the other reviewers have mentioned The very first paragraph on page 1 offers what I consider the central vision of this ambitious text In this book, a central theme will be a Geometric Principle The laws of physics must all be expressible as geometric coordinate independent and reference frame independent relationships between geometric objects scalars, vectors, tensors, that represent physical entities.Kip Thorne, Charles Misner, and John Archibald Wheeler attempted to fulfill this same geometric vision for General Relativity in the early 1970s with the publication of the 1279 page landmark work, Gravitation One can therefore see this recent book by Blandford and Thorne as the extension of the geometric program to many areas of classical physics For those of us who are true believers in the geometric program, this book is a welcome addition to the literature.One remark on the physical quality of the book under review Despite having 1511 pages, the book is hardbound and sturdy enough to hold up under years of study The paper quality is first rate, and there are even color graphics scattered throughout Princeton University Press is to be commended for producing a first class textbook at a reasonable price Their recent hardbound republication of the classic book Gravitation is also extremely well done, and for an amazingly low price.