Introduction To Physics

Frankly speaking I did not know about this book from A. Kitagorodsky (thanks Gordon for pointing it out). But this seems to be full fledged and comprehensive textbook, quite different from the popular science books by Kitaigorodsky that we have seen so far.

In the preface he says:

A broad knowledge of physics is a necessity for the specialist working in any branch of science or engineering if he desires to comprehend the fundamental of his field of knowledge and is striving to, take a creative part in its development. The task of a course in physics for students of a technical institute consists, therefore, in helping them to understand the physical basis of engineering.

In addition to this main task, a course in physics in a technical institute should be organised in such a manner as to help the student to master experimental technique and acquaint him with equipment used to measure physical quantities. Skill in experimental physics is attained by working in the laboratory. It seems to us that familiarising oneself with ‘experimental physics is a completely distinct task in the study of physics in technical institutes. The
interweaving of experimental physics with the study of general physical laws and phenomena is only occasionally pedagogically justified. This is due to the fact that modern experimental physics cannot be sharply subdivided. The measurement of coefficients of expansion is accomplished with the aid of interferometry, radio equipment is required for experiments in mechanics and heat, and the investigation of the structure of metals is inseparably linked with experiments in electricity. Physical experiments conducted with the aid of outmoded techniques are of interest only to specialists in physics desiring to trace the development of one or another experiment. It would probably be most expedient to arrange the curriculum in such a manner that laboratory work followed a course in general physics.
Thus, the author believes that lectures in physics, and consequently the corresponding textbook, should include only outlines of experiments, i.e., the goal of the experiments.
Once agreed on the necessity for excluding experimental physics from our course, we must then choose between the inductive approach (from particular experimental facts to theoretical generalities) and the deductive approach (from theory to its experimental corroboration and manifold applications). In a very extensive course, it is probably possible to combine these two approaches as they are linked in the development of science. This possibility was not open to the author and so the second approach was chosen. Presentation of the basic theoretical propositions, the deduction of corollaries that could be verified experimentally, and then the illustration of these experiments by means of diagrams – this was the approach adopted in practically every chapter of this book. Naturally, this meant that the historical method had to be completely disregarded. The history of the origin of ideas, the formul ation and discard of physical theories, remained beyond the scope of this book, since it is written for the student who is not training to be a professional physicist.
It seems to me that only such a method of presentation makes, for clarity and conciseness.

The book was published by Foreign Languages Publishing House in 1966 and was translated from the Russian by O. Smith, the design of the book was done by V. Dober.

You can download the book here.

Update: 06 December 2015 | Added Internet Archive link

The book is divided into three main sections, namely, Mechanical and Thermal Motion, Electromagnetic Fields, Structure and Properties of Matter.

The detailed table of contents is below


Chapter I The Fundamental Law of Mechanics
Chapter II. Mechanical Energy
Chapter III. Momentum
Chapter IV. Rotation of a Rigid Body
Chapter V. Vibrations
Chapter VI. Traveling Waves
Chapter VII. Standing Waves
Chapter VIII. Acoustics
Chapter IX. Temperature and Heat
Chapter X. Thermodynamic Processes
Chapter  XI Entropy
Chapter XII. Kinetic Theory of Gases
Chapter XIII. Processes of Transition to Equilibrium


Chapter XIV. Electric Fields
Chapter XV. Magnetic Fields
Chapter XVI. Electromagnetic Fields. Maxwell’s Equations
Chapter XVII Energy Transformations Electromagnetic Fields
Chapter XVIII Electromagnetic Radiation
Chapter XlX. Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves
Chapter XX . Interference Phenomena
Chapter XXI. Scattering
Chapter XXII. Diffraction of X-Rays by Crystals
Chapter XXIII. Double Refraction
Chapter X X IV. The Theory of Relativity
Chapter X XV. The Quantum Nature of a Field


Chapter XXV /. Streams of Charged Particles
Chapter XXV II. The Wave Properties of Microparticles
Chapter XXVIII. Atomic Structure
Chapter XXIX. Molecules
Chapter XXX. Atomic Nuclei
Chapter XXXI. Nuclear Transformations
Chapter XXXII. Atomic Structure of Bodies
Chapter XXXIII. Phase Transformations
Chapter XXXIV. Deformations of Bodies
Chapter  XXXV. Dielectrics
Chapter XXXVI. Magnetic.Substances
Chapter XXXVII. Effect of Electron Structure on Properties of Bodies

Appendix 705
Subject Index 713


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14 Responses to Introduction To Physics

  1. somen says:

    dear damitr,
    their is a book called ENTERTAINING ELECTRONICS by Sedov,mir publisher i have searched everywhere but couldnt find out .can you provide link to this book.


    • damitr says:

      I happed to have Sedov, but not digitized yet!


      • Augustus says:

        Can you digitise Entertaining Electronics. i read one in a Library and boy it was fascinating.I desperatedly wanted to own it and enquired in all old bookshops but of no avail.If you can OCR i would be very grateful to you.


        • damitr says:

          Yes. Entertaining Electronic is high on the list. But due to the problems of LNU and ifile we have been set back to square 1 for many things. But sure that is one of the books that you will see here soon.



          • hkvc says:

            Any update on when you can upload entertaining Electronics? I am also in the queue for this book. Thanks for all the effort you have put on this site, brings back the memories of my childhood days.


  2. s.sanjay says:

    dear damitr,
    sorry for not being in touch for some time. i think the best ones on physics are by Matveev (five books in the series). in one blog i had read that diracofindia has a rare copy of the fifth book in the series – on atomic physics. it would be great we could put them in one place.


  3. damitr says:

    Yes. I know about the Matveev books; sometime back we had released the one copy of Mechanics and Relativity that is around. I have three books of his, will try to add links for them in some time.


  4. ankur says:

    dunno where to share this; was finding ebooks by mir when found this:

    chk it out


  5. ankur says:

    some more books by mir to enrich this beautiful collection!! 🙂


  6. muthuvel says:

    one of the mateev books available in avaxhome, and please please damtr upload the entertaining electronics book, i am searching for it almost ten years… i read in 20 years ago in tamil, now i really long for it…good god upload it please..

    with salute


  7. Neeraj says: link is dead.


  8. Ayush Basu says:

    Why aren’t these books reprinted? The only reprints I have found so far are either by CBS publishers, whose reprints are good but are extremely bad as far as paper quality and material quality are concerned and then there are publishers like Arihant, whose books have too many errors in answers, diagrams, variables, etc. Can anyone suggest any place where I can find the original MIR books?


  9. The Mitr says:

    Update: 06 December 2015 | Added Internet Archive link


  10. San says:

    Dear The Mitr
    Salute to you all for this blogspot. Am a die hard fan of Russian books. Can you please inform what are the download links for these Physics e-books:
    1) Fundamentals of Physics, vol1 and vol2 – Yavorsky,Pinsky
    2) Fundamentals of Physics – Ivanov
    3) A text book of Elementary Physics, Vol-3 – Landsberg
    4) Course in General Physics, Vol-1,2 & 3 – Savelyev
    5) Questions and problems in General Physics – Savelyev
    6) Problems in School Physics – Savelyev
    7) Physics problems and questions – Gladkova & Landau
    8) Physics problems and questions – Goldfarb
    9) Collection of problems in General Physics – Sivukhin
    10) Selected Problems in Elementary Physics – Saraeva
    11) A collection of problems on Physics – Kashina & Sezonov
    12)Collected Problems in Physics – Kozel, Rashda & Slavatinskii
    13)Physics Problems for the Technicians – Gladkova &Zhdanov
    14) Physical Problems for Robinsons – Lange


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