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Graham Woan
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10 July 2000
The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas is a quick-reference aid for students and professionals in the physical sciences and engineering. It contains more than 2000 of the most useful formulas and equations found in undergraduate physics courses, covering mathematics, dynamics and mechanics, quantum physics, thermodynamics, solid state physics, electromagnetism, optics and astrophysics. An exhaustive index allows the required formulas to be located swiftly and simply, and the unique tabular format crisply identifies all the variables involved. The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas comprehensively covers the major topics explored in undergraduate physics courses. It is designed to be a compact, portable, reference book suitable for everyday work, problem solving or exam revision. All students and professionals in physics, applied mathematics, engineering and other physical sciences will want to have this essential reference book within easy reach.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (10 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521575079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521575072
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… all physicists need equations, just like animals need meals. And when the equation hunger arises, and you want to satisfy it quickly, efficiently and satisfactorily, Woan's book is what is required. The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas is just the ticket for the efficient undergraduate physicist and engineer.' David Hughes, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Here is a real gem of a book. Compactly arranged in an attractive tabular style, this handbook has just about every equation, definition and formula that you might want in doing undergraduate-level physics and astrophysics. I really like it. It's one book I won't lend out.' Professor Paul Hodge, University of Washington, Seattle

'This handbook is a stimulating and crisp synopsis of fundamental physics, to be enjoyed with profit by beginner and expert alike.' Professor Adam Burrows, University of Arizona, Tucson

'An extremely useful collection of formulas from all branches of physics. Lecturers and students will find it invaluable.' Professor Andrew King, University of Leicester

'Better than a mere reference, this book is a great refresher course in undergraduate physics.' Professor Douglas Heggie, University of Edinburgh

'Invaluable, it will never be more than an arm's length from where I work. Every, and I mean every, physicist needs a copy.' Dr David Hughes, University of Sheffield

'Erudite, comprehensive and spiced with humour this is an incredibly useful compilation. A handy little gem of a book.' Professor Anthony Hewish, Nobel Laureate, University of Cambridge

'Compactly arranged in an attractive tabular style, this handbook has just about every equation, definition and formula to meet the needs the practitioners of the subject. A must for every physicist and astrophysicist.' Professor Douglas Lin, University of California, Santa Cruz

'The coverage of this book is wide … and the indexing is good … a book which should be in every physics library, and which professional physicists as well as students should think of adding to their personal libraries'. P. H. Borcherds, European Journal of Physics

'I have already used it in checking some students' written work, and I can see that it will be valuable to all physics students and working physicists. I shall certainly use mine, and get one for the library. … I firmly recommend that you have one close at hand.' Guy Pooley, The Observatory

'It is a compact presentation of useful equations and formulae … of everything you need to know about physics.' Sue Bowler, Astronomy and Geophysics

'… a quick reference aid for students and professionals in the physical sciences and engineering … The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas comprehensively covers the major topics explored in undergraduate physics courses … All students and professionals in physics, applied mathematics, engineering, and other physical sciences want to have this essential reference book within easy reach.' Physics Courier

'… a quick-reference aid for providing those essential details just when you need them the most. All students and professional scientists will want to have this useful and affordable reference book in their collection.' Physics in Canada

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A quick-reference aid for students and professionals in physical sciences and engineering. A compendium of over 2000 of the most important and useful maths and physics equations used by students and practising scientists. Designed to be a compact, portable, reference book suitable for everyday work, problem solving or exam revision.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, very handy 8 April 2001
Format:Paperback
When it was recommended I wondered; why should I pay out even more money for a text book that would sit on my shelf?
This book is EXTREMLY useful, it has helped imensely.
It has all the equations you need (plus some you don't), all in one space with out searching through a giant text book looking for a tiny equation.
Well worth the money
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful 2 July 2003
Format:Hardcover
It might be an indication of superficiality to judge the book by its cover, but in this isolated case, the cover does truly indicate what lies ahead. In terms of aesthetic, it is really beautiful.
The book is true to its declared purpose in that it serves faithfully to provide esoteric formulas and equations of interest to physicists and applied mathematicians; that and that only. The intended audience is not the virgin tyros to whom the equations appear for the first time, but those seasoned virtuosos to whom the equations are as quotidian as a slice of bread in the morning but would rather commit the engravement to paper than to memory. In some cases knowledge of convention with regard to the uses of symbols is tacitly assumed, in most cases knowledge of proper contexts with regard to the applications of equations is likewise assumed.
I got the hardcover version of the book free upon joining a book club sometime three years ago, therefore I am not able to perform the cost-benefit analysis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE reference guide for every physicist 23 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for every physicist - it contains virtually every equation, constant and quantity definition any undergraduate or lecturer will ever need. It is an excellent revision aid, and great all-purpose reference guide. Set out in appropriate sections according to the branch of the science, and brilliantly presented in an easy to find manner. Every physicist should equip themselves with this volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not EVERY formula, but pretty darned close 20 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
Incredibly useful. Most of the formulas you're likely to need, and if it's not in here you can always derive it! Easy to understand format with good subject headings and notes to explain the terms used if they are new.
Likely to be on the "suggested" booklist for any department that sees it, this book hardly ever left my side at uni and is still useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book 24 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is great, undergrad, postgrad, postdoc full professor. This thing is handy. If you want a collection of uniform equations, mathematics and constants in one place, look no further.

Be forewarned it does not include derivations, nor does it teach physics, this is supplement material only. The book is useless without knowledge and understanding. It is essentially a reference manual - this should not be take as derogatory however, as this is exactly what the book was designed to be (the author explicitly states this in the preface).

Very useful, very concise, has got me out of some dia situations with work and coursework!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice. 28 April 2014
By Davide
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I would recommend this book to everyone who are looking for a clear exposition of the most important concepts in physics. No problems with the seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great handy little book 9 Mar 2014
By Thomas
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This book has it all and covers most things you will need throughout your mathematical career.
Seller was great also.
Fantastic one stop shop for all your formulae needs.
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