Education[ edit ] Joos began his higher education in at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart. In , he became a Privatdozent there. In , he was appointed ordinarius professor, as successor of Felix Auerbach. In the late s, at the industrial firm Zeiss Jena , he reproduced the Michelson—Morley experiment with more refined equipment and confirmed the original results. The petition was sent out of concern for the debilitating effects of the attacks on theoretical physics by the supporters of Deutsche Physik , which was both anti-Semitic and anti-theoretical physics, especially including quantum mechanics. Joos was a supporting signatory on the petition.
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Start your review of Theoretical Physics Write a review Shelves: science-and-maths , owned This is a comprehensive, detailed theoretical physics textbook, of encyclopedic breath and of enormous coverage, aimed at upper-undergraduate and graduate students in physics.
It is a thick tome that can at times present a quite forbidding, highly mathematical treatment of advanced subjects in theoretical physics such as hydrodynamics , but it is definitely a textbook that does provide a highly rewarding experience to the reader willing to approach it with sufficient determination, time and This is a comprehensive, detailed theoretical physics textbook, of encyclopedic breath and of enormous coverage, aimed at upper-undergraduate and graduate students in physics.
It is a thick tome that can at times present a quite forbidding, highly mathematical treatment of advanced subjects in theoretical physics such as hydrodynamics , but it is definitely a textbook that does provide a highly rewarding experience to the reader willing to approach it with sufficient determination, time and careful study. The book is uncompromisingly mathematical in its approach, and some derivations are concise almost to the point of being sibylline, but many mathematical techniques, including some of more sophisticated mathematical methods such as advanced elements of multivariate calculus, theory of complex functions and calculus of variations are explained quite nicely, albeit necessarily briefly, in a first introductory section of the book.
In general, it must be said that this book represents a great compendium on most of classical physics with the exception of General Relativity , providing a first-class treatment of a great variety of subjects, of which I found the sections on deformable solids, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics particularly well designed, delivering a great compromise between level of detail and readability.
A wide range of topics in basic theoretical physics is covered with elegant conciseness, and some derivations are absolutely brilliant.
The author is also clearly a virtuoso in multivariate calculus as well as in the calculus of variations, and he is uniquely accomplished in applying such techniques to many items treated in the book. On the not-so-positive side, there are a few issues with this book: - as I mentioned beforehand, some derivations are really very concise, almost cryptic, and could have been delivered in a more approachable manner. Some illustrations are of average quality and are not well-explained, leaving too much interpretative work to the reader.
Some of the explanations in English are ambiguous and potentially misleading: they look like have been designed more to be used as a reference for a reader already familiar with the subject, rather than as a proper explanation. In the section on Quantum Mechanics, the Dirac notation is not adopted - the section on quantum physics, while done reasonably well, is necessarily dated, focusing exclusively on very traditional elements of wave mechanics, with no mention whatsoever of developments that post-date the publishing date of this book such as QED, QCD, Path Integrals etc.
This book is not recommended as an introductory textbook, however it does deliver a very comprehensive and relatively advanced treatment of many themes of theoretical physics; it is impressive in its range and detail of the subjects treated, delivering a tremendous amount of information on the most disparate items: it definitely was, speaking in terms of personal reading experience, well worth the time and effort invested in going through it.