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Using a clear, non-technical style, Professor Rohrlich discusses the two major theories of twentieth-century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics. Discussed conceptually and philosophically, rather than using mathematics, the philosophical issues raised show how new discoveries forced physicists to accept often strange and unconventional notions. He aims to remove the mystery and misrepresentation that often surround the ideas of modern physics... more...

This second volume of three on relativistic quantum theories of interacting charged particles discusses quantum theories of systems with variable numbers of particles. Basics of the Fock space and quantum electrodynamics are covered with an emphasis on renormalization. In contrast to the usual treatment of the topic, particles (rather than fields) are chosen as basic ingredients.   Contents Fock space Scattering in Fock space... more...

In this third volume of three, quantum electrodynamics is formulated in the language of physical „dressed" particles. A theory where charged particles interact via instantaneous action-at-a-distance forces is constructed - without need for renormalization. This theory describes electromagnetic phenomena in terms of directly interacting charges, but in full accord with fundamental principles of relativity and causality. Contents... more...

This book on Special Relativity, with unique chapters on the Dirac equation and General Relativity, is especially suitable for a one-semester undergraduate physics course on Special Relativity (with perhaps some coverage of the qualitative features of General Relativity). It can also be used in a combination of undergraduate courses including modern physics, particle physics, optics, and Quantum Mechanics; or in classical mechanics at the physics... more...


By focusing on the mostly used variational methods, this monograph aspires to give a unified description and comparison of various ways of constructing conserved quantities for perturbations and to study symmetries in general relativity and modified theories of gravity. The main emphasis lies on the field-theoretical covariant formulation of perturbations, the canonical Noether approach and the Belinfante procedure of symmetrisation.... more...

Gravitational lensing is by now sufficiently well understood that it can be used as a tool of investigation in other astrophysical areas. Applications include the determination of the Hubble constant, probing the dark matter context of galaxies and the mapping of the universe to the identification of otherwise invisible large-scale structures. Each chapter of the book covers in a self-contained manner a subfield of gravitational lensing, with the... more...

With applications in quantum field theory, general relativity and elementary particle physics, this four-volume work studies the invariance of differential operators under Lie algebras, quantum groups and superalgebras. This third volume covers supersymmetry, including detailed coverage of conformal supersymmetry in four and some higher dimensions, furthermore quantum superalgebras are also considered. Contents Lie superalgebras... more...

This book deals with 2-spinors in general relativity, beginning by developing spinors in a geometrical way rather than using representation theory, which can be a little abstract. This gives the reader greater physical intuition into the way in which spinors behave. The book concentrates on the algebra and calculus of spinors connected with curved space-time. Many of the well-known tensor fields in general relativity are shown to have spinor... more...

Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology gives undergraduate students an overview of the fundamental ideas behind the geometric theory of gravitation and spacetime. Through pointers on how to modify and generalise Einstein's theory to enhance understanding, it provides a link between standard textbook content and current research in the field. Chapters present complicated material practically and concisely, initially dealing... more...