ABC of Physics:A Very Brief Guide by Lev Okun

Translated from Russian via Vitaly Kisin

This little booklet concentrates at the foundations of contemporary physics (its “ABC's”) and its so much primary constants: c — the speed of sunshine and — the quantum of action.

First of all, the ebook is addressed to expert physicists, yet with a purpose to in attaining maximal focus and readability it makes use of the easiest (high college) arithmetic. accordingly many pages of the publication can be helpful to varsity scholars and will entice a extra common audience.


  • The Fundamentals
  • Units
  • A minimal of Mathematics
  • Translational Motion
  • Rotation and Quantization
  • Particles as Corpuscles and Waves
  • More approximately Units
  • The Hydrogen Atom
  • Periodic desk of Chemical Elements
  • Substance
  • Quantum Electrodynamics — QED
  • Transition to Classical Theory
  • Gravitation
  • Other Galaxies
  • Big Bang
  • Quantum Gravidynamics — QGD
  • Intranuclear Forces
  • Particles in Cosmic Rays
  • Particles in Accelerators
  • Three Discrete Symmetries
  • Half a Century Later
  • On Quantum Chromodynamics
  • On the Electroweak Theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • Grand Unification
  • In the region of the Planck Mass
  • Concluding Remarks

Readership: College scholars and readers within the actual sciences.