This innovative text for first-semester college and university physics students presents the principal elements of physics needed to answer the question: "Why do we believe in atoms and their properties?" Pursuing the theme of the nature of the atom, the book offers a sound introduction to basic physics of the nineteenth and twentieth century, including discussion of important ideas of quantum mechanics. The revised and improved second edition includes two new chapters about the nature of photons and quantum entanglement This novel text structures a one-semester course of introductory physics around the question: "Why do we believe in atoms and their properties?" Its theme is thus much of 19th [Read more...]
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