Program
Theoretical Physics before 1970
Student No.:50
Time:Tue/Thu 15:10-17:00, 2014-9-23~ 2014-11-13 (except for public holidays)
Instructor:Abul Masood-ul-Alam  [Tsinghua University]
Place:【Updated】Conference Room 4, Floor 2, Jin Chun Yuan West Building
Starting Date:2014-9-23
Ending Date:2014-11-13
 

Description:

In this basic course we shall study the book “A Course in Theoretical Physics” by P.J. Shepherd as much as possible and excluding the chapter on General Relativity (GR). This includes Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Many-Body Theory, and Gauge Theories of Particle Physics. Aim is to understand the developments of the main mathematical ideas from 1920 till 1970 before the discovery of supersymmetry. The course can be a start of mathematical preparation for the problem of unification. Since during these developments GR was not represented they have a bias towards particle physics. In this regard the power and potential of GR became clear only in 80s when Schoen and Yau proved the positive mass theorem. If we want to go beyond model-building to represent the reality we possibly need to review these developments from the period when research in HE Physics started to supersede that of Gravitation.

 

Prerequisite:

Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.

 

Reference: 

“A Course in Theoretical Physics” by P.J. Shepherd, 2013 Wiley