Generic Elective

History and Evolution of Concepts in Physics

CODE
ΙΦE101
SEMESTER
7
HOURS per WEEK
3
ECTS CREDITS
4  (Erasmus+ course)
INSTRUCTORS

Georgios Kitis

Anastasios Liolios

  • Physical sciences and Physics – The ideas of ancient Greeks about nature
  • From Antiquity to the Renaissance – the major branches of Physics
  • Mechanics – Kinematics (Galileo)
  • Mechanics – Dynamics (Newton) – solid body – Analytical Mechanics – Non-linear Mechanics
  • Optics
  • Static magnetism and electricity
  • Currents – Electromagnetism: from Antiquity to Faraday
  • Currents – Electromagnetism: Faraday – Maxwell, incompatibility between Electromagnetism and Newtonian Mechanics
  • Heat – Thermodynamics, related axioms
  • Kinetic theory of gases: Maxwell - Boltzmann
  • Physics of the 20th century: Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics of the 20th century: Relativity - Chaos
  • Lessons from three centuries of Physics, organization of teaching and research – publications and conferences
Suggested literature
  • History and Evolution of Concepts in Physics, Springer, 2014, ISBN 978-3-319-04291-6

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