"Fundamentals of Physics II" by R. Shankar

Fundamentals of Physics II Electromagnetism, Optics, and Quantum Mechanics R. Shankar

The Open Yale Courses Series
Publication date:
19 Jul 2016
Yale University Press
608 pages: 235 x 156 x 32mm
156 b/w illus.

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R. Shankar, a well-known physicist and contagiously enthusiastic educator, was among the first to offer a course through the innovative Open Yale Course program. His popular online video lectures on introductory physics have been viewed over a million times. In this second book based on his online Yale course, Shankar explains essential concepts, including electromagnetism, optics, and quantum mechanics.
The book begins at the simplest level, develops the basics, and reinforces fundamentals, ensuring a solid foundation in the principles and methods of physics. It provides an ideal introduction for college-level students of physics, chemistry, and engineering; for motivated AP Physics students; and for general readers interested in advances in the sciences.

R. Shankar is John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics, Yale University. He is the 2009 winner of the American Physical Society’s Lilienfeld Prize and the author of three previous textbooks.

“This introductory text makes easy reading, due to Shankar’s great sense of humor and his lucid explanation of the essential ideas of fundamental physics.”—David Gross, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004, on previous volume

“Masterfully developing the student’s facility with symmetry, dimensional analysis, physical intuition, and solid mathematical reasoning, Shankar once again explains the essentials of introductory physics with great clarity and elegance.”—Daniel Arovas, University of California, San Diego

“Shankar makes the study of modern physics easy going for students and general readers. A wonderful combination of clarity, humor, and depth.”—David Gross, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004

“A worthy companion to the excellent first volume. Shankar’s deep understanding and unique insights shine through. His explanations are clear and thorough and presented with an inimitably light touch.”—Alan Chodos, American Physical Society (retired)

“This delightful volume, a textbook and lecture notes all in one, is a worthy sequel to Fundamentals of Physics I. In his interactive and humorous way, Shankar builds a serious foundation for physics knowledge.”—Igor Klebanov, Princeton University