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Modern Physics For Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition

John R. Taylor University of Colorado
Chris Zafiratos University of Colorado
Michael Dubson University of Colorado
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With more than 100 years of combined teaching experience and PhDs in particle, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics, these three authors could hardly be better qualified to write this introduction to modern physics.

ISBN 978-1-938787-75-1
eISBN 978-1-938787-76-8
Copyright 2015
744 pages, Softcover

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With more than 100 years of combined teaching experience and PhDs in particle, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics, these three authors could hardly be better qualified to write this introduction to modern physics.  They have combined their award-winning teaching skills with their experience writing best-selling textbooks to produce a readable and comprehensive account of the physics that has developed over the last hundred years and led to today’s ubiquitous technology.  Assuming the knowledge of a typical freshman course in classical physics, they lead the reader through relativity, quantum mechanics, and the most important applications of both of these fascinating theories.

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John R. Taylor University of Colorado

John Taylor received his B.A. in math from Cambridge University in 1960 and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Berkeley in 1963. He is professor emeritus of physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of some 40 articles in research journals; a book, Classical Mechanics; and three other textbooks, one of which, An Introduction to Error Analysis, has been translated into eleven foreign languages. He received a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers and was named Colorado Professor of the Year in 1989. His television series Physics for Fun won an Emmy Award in 1990. He retired in 2005 and now lives in Washington, D.C.

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Chris Zafiratos University of Colorado

Chris Zafiratos received his B.S. from Lewis & Clark College in 1957 and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1962. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National laboratory and faculty member at Oregon State University before coming to the University of Colorado in 1967. His principal research was in nuclear physics, and he was author of over fifty articles and books. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lewis & Clark College, as well as numerous other citations for contributions to his field. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and served in several academic administrative positions during his tenure at the University of Colorado. He was also vice president emeritus for the University of Colorado System, which includes four campuses, as well as professor emeritus of physics. Chris died in August in the year 2004.

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Michael Dubson University of Colorado

Michael Dubson is a Senior Instructor in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and a member of the Physics Education Research group. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (class of 1978) and his Ph.D. from Cornell University (1984). For ten years, he worked as a condensed matter experimentalist, doing research at Ohio State and Michigan State Universities, and winning an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. In 1995, he switched careers and joined the faculty at Boulder, where he has worked on innovative teaching methods and undergraduate curriculum development. He is the winner of several teaching awards, including the 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. He is also a software developer for PhET (http://phet.colorado.edu), a suite of free, interactive simulations for learning science. His (non-physics) interests include amateur astronomy, French literature, and biking with his wife Gisele.

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