The Theoretical Minimum

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The Theoretical Minimum
The Theoretical Minimum - book cover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky
Country United States
Language English
Genre Popular science
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date
January 29, 2013
Media type Print, e-book, audiobook
Pages 256 pp.
ISBN 978-0465028115

The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics (ISBN 0-465-02811-X) is a popular science book by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky. The book was initially published on January 29, 2013 by Basic Books.[1][2][3]

Overview[edit]

The book is a mathematical introduction to various theoretical physics concepts, such as principle of least action, Lagrangian mechanics, Hamiltonian mechanics, Poisson brackets, and electromagnetism.[3] It is the first book in a series called The Theoretical Minimum, based on Stanford Continuing Studies courses taught by world renowned physicist Leonard Susskind. The courses collectively teach everything required to gain a basic understanding of each area of modern physics, including much of the fundamental mathematics.

Core Course 1: Classical Mechanics[edit]

The book, also published in 2014 by Penguin Books under the title Classical Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum (ISBN 978-0141976228), is complemented by video recordings of the complete lectures which are available on-line. There is also a supplemental website for the book.

Core Course 2: Quantum Mechanics[edit]

The second book in the series, by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman, was published in 2014 by Basic Books under the title Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum (ISBN 978-0465062904).Video recordings of the complete lectures are available on-line.

Core Course 3: Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory[edit]

The third book in the series, by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman, was published in 2017. This covers Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory

Core Courses 4-6[edit]

Lectures in the remaining three courses, on

  • General Relativity
  • Cosmology
  • Statistical Mechanics

are available on-line as video recordings.

Supplemental Courses[edit]

Further lecture courses in the Theoretical Minimum series have been delivered by Prof. Susskind, on

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Higgs Boson
  • Quantum Entanglement
  • Relativity
  • Particle Physics 1: Basic Concepts
  • Particle Physics 2: Standard Model
  • Particle Physics 3: Supersymmetry and Grand Unification
  • String Theory
  • Cosmology and Black Holes

and these are also available on-line as video recordings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gribbin, John (2013-02-01), "Physics Made (Almost) Easy", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved 2014-12-13 .
  2. ^ Brown, Robert G. (June 2013), "The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics", Books, Physics Today, American Institute of Physics, 66 (6), doi:10.1063/PT.3.2015 .
  3. ^ a b Dubson, Michael, "The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics", Book Reviews, American Journal of Physics, 82 (2): 174, doi:10.1119/1.4816681 .

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