Physics for Everyone – Book 3 – Electrons

I remind the reader again that this is not a formal textbook. It was written for the layman, and its purpose is to render physics intelligible to the nonspecialized reader.

A. I. Kitaigorodsky in Preface of Book 3

In continuation from the last post and the post on Physics for Everyone series we now come to the Book 3 of this series which deals with Electrons. This books was written by Alexander Kitaigordsky alone, but still maintains the style of the first two books.

In the preface A. I. Kitaigorodsky says:

The present, third, book of the series discusses the electrical structure of matter, electric forces and electromagnetic fields.

A few words about the present book, Electrons. Somewhat unusual use has been made of the necessity for reminding the reader of the definitions for the simplest concepts employed to describe electrical phenomena. I have tried to give an idea of the phenomenological approach to physics. Two out of the six chapters deal with applied physics. Electrical engineering is presented as a summary. A detailed description would require us to resort to drawings and diagrams. It was considered feasible, therefore, to limit the text to a presentation of only the basic principles of electrical engineering and of important facts that everyone should know. The same is true of the chapter on the radio. The small size of the book restricted the material to a brief history of discoveries and developments, and an account of the fundamentals of radio engineering.

From the back cover:

The fourth Russian edition of Physics for Everyone by L. Landau and A. Kitaigorodsky was published in 1978 as two separate books: Physical Bodies (Book 1) and Molecules (Book 2). They were published in English in 1979. This is the first publication of Book 3 in this series. It is called Electrons and is a sequel to Physics for Everyone.

This book deals with physical phenomena in which our attention is focussed on the on the next level in the structure of matter – the electrical structure of atoms and molecules. Electrical and radio engineering, without which the existence of today’s civilization is unconceivable, are based on laws governing the motion and interaction of  electrical particles, primarily electrons, the quanta of electricity.

The main subjects of this book are electric current, magnetism and electromagnetic fields.

The book was translated from the Russian by Nicholas Weinstein and was first published in English in 1981 by Mir. The book has following chapters:

1. Electricity
2. Electrical Structure of Matter
3. Electromagnetism
4. Summary of Electrical Engineering
5. Electromagnetic Fields
6. Radio

As again with the covers I have tried to recreate the original and here is the result.


The next post would be Book 2 in this series, namely, Molecules.





Update: All the books in the Physics for Everyone series are now up:

Physics for Everyone – Motion and Heat here.

Book 1- Physical Bodies here.

Book 2  – Molecules here.

Book 3 – Electrons here.

Book 4 – Photons and Nuclei here.


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11 Responses to Physics for Everyone – Book 3 – Electrons

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  2. Dr. Lalit Patil says:

    Thanks a lot pal. Please keep it up.


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  7. Allan says:

    Don’t work


  8. umtassio says:

    Hi, thanks for the wonderful (and monumental) work!
    Just a note: I think the link is still missing from the post!


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