The Manchester Physics Series

The Manchester Physics Series is a set of textbooks at first degree level, published by Wiley and available through all good book stores

The series grew out of our experience at the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester, widely shared elsewhere, that many textbooks contain much more material than can be accommodated in a typical undergraduate course, and that this material is only rarely so arranged as to allow the definition of a shorter self-contained course.

In planning these books we have had two objectives. One was to produce short books: so that lecturers should find them attractive for undergraduate courses, and so that students should not be frightened off by their encyclopaedic size or their price. To achieve this, we have been very selective in the choice of topics, with the emphasis on the basic physics together with some instructive, stimulating and useful applications. Our second objective was to produce books which allow courses of different lengths and difficulty to be selected, with emphasis on different applications.

Manchester Physics Series textbooks

The Manchester Physics Series - Dynamics and Relativity
Dynamics and Relativity by by Jeffrey Forshaw, Gavin Smith
The Manchester Physics Series - Electromagnetism
Electromagnetism by by I S Grant, W R Phillips
The Manchester Physics Series - Nuclear Physics
Nuclear Physics by John S Lilley
The Manchester Physics Series - Particle Physics
Particle Physics by Brian Martin, Graham Shaw
The Manchester Physics Series - Principles of Programming
Principles of Programming by R J Barlow, A R Barnett
The Manchester Physics Series - Properties of Matter
Properties of Matter by B H Flowers and E Mendoza
The Manchester Physics Series - Quantum Field Theory
Quantum Field Theory by Franz Mandl, Graham Shaw
The Manchester Physics Series - Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics by Franz Mandl
The Manchester Physics Series - Solid State Physics
Solid State Physics by J R Hook and H E Hall
The Manchester Physics Series - Statistical Physics
Statistical Physics by Franz Mandl
The Manchester Physics Series - Statistics
Statistics by R J Barlow
The Manchester Physics Series - The Physics of Stars
The Physics of Stars by A C Phillips

Reviews

The Manchester Physics Series has been very successful with total sales of more than a quarter of a million textbooks. The quality of the textbooks is demonstrated by the reviews which they have received:

  • Particle Physics by Brian Martin, Graham Shaw
    The Manchester Physics Series - Particle Physics
    Particle Physics by Brian Martin, Graham Shaw

    "Overall this is a welcome addition to undergraduate literature on particle physics, and one which provides both the staple diet as well as some more exciting desserts. ... The fact is that this is a fine book which I think will rapidly establish itself as one of the standard texts." D Bailin, Contemporary Physics, June 1993.

    "This is an authoritative, well planned, well written and stimulating text. Its suitability as a course book is enhanced by marking out the essential elements needed to form a coherent short course, noting the more difficult items which could sensibly be omitted, and by the inclusion of a useful set of problems, with hints towards their solution." P D B Collins, Times Higher Educational Supplement, Oct 1992.

    "In summary this is a very welcome addition to my bookshelf. In several areas Martin and Shaw succeed in covering familiar topics from a new and revealing viewpoint. I highly recommend the book." Stuart Tovey, Australian & New Zealand Physicist, September, 1992.

    "The second edition of Particle Physics by Brian Martin and Graham Shaw is a good introduction to the Standard Model for advanced undergraduates, with similar emphasis on fundamental concepts and interpretations of experiment. It has now been updated to include sections on recent topics like the dark matter problem and the Higgs boson."

    Tania Monteiro, New Scientist, October 1997

  • Quantum Mechanics by Franz Mandl
    The Manchester Physics Series - Quantum Mechanics
    Quantum Mechanics by Franz Mandl

    "Professor Mandl is well known for his ability to write clearly and succinctly for undergraduates. His book on statistical physics is widely adopted as a standard course reference, so we can have high expectations of his second book in the Manchester Physics Series. Our hopes are amply fulfilled. ... His account of Dirac's time-dependent perturbation theory is masterly. I shall strongly recommend the book to my students." P L Knight, Contemporary Physics, Vol 33, No 4, 1992. "This is an excellent introduction to the general principles of quantum mechanics." Aslib Book Guide, August 1992. "The author's pedagogical talent makes this book of exceptional interest for students and self-teaching readers and it can be recommended without reservation."

    N M Avram, Analele Universitatii din Timisoara, Vol XXIX, 1992

  • Solid State Physics by J R Hook and H E Hall
    The Manchester Physics Series - Solid State Physics
    Solid State Physics by J R Hook and H E Hall

    "Dr John Hook has taken on the task of producing a new edition of Professor Henry Hall's Manchester Physics Series 1973 volume on solid state physics. Many additions have been made, on semiconductors, quasi-crystals, high-temperature superconductors, surfaces and dielectrics, and other sections have been extensively revised. The result is a good, relatively short account of contemporary solid state physics at a reasonable cost." Contemporary Physics, Vol 33, No 2, 1992. "This is a very good introduction to some Advanced Topics in Solid State Physics, especially Recent Developments of Semiconductor Physics and Devices. It is clear, concise and complete and provides the best available treatment of many if not most of the topics it treats. In particular, it is more accessible than Kittel Introduction to Solid State Physics. In summary, I like the book very much, primarily for its treatment of the real metals and low dimensional systems. I am very glad to have this fine book in my library."

    Corneliu Ciuborariu, Buletinul Institutului Politehnic Din/Asi, 1995

  • Statistical Physics by Franz Mandl
    The Manchester Physics Series - Statistical Physics
    Statistical Physics by Franz Mandl

    "This widely-adopted undergraduate text remains a reliable and illuminating introductory book." Contemporary Physics, Vol 29, No 4, 1988. "Plusieurs ouvrages de cette collection de cours de Physique, enseignes a l'Universite de Manchester, ont deja fait l'objet de commentaires fort elogieux. ... L'auteur du present volume (2de edition) est surtout connu pour un best-seller d'un cours de mecanique quantique qui ... il serait dommage qu'un tel ouvrage ne fasse pas partie de la bibliotheque d'un enseignant de physique."

    G Demortier, Revue des Questions Scientifiques, Vol 159, 1988

  • Statistics by R J Barlow
    The Manchester Physics Series - Statistics
    Statistics by R J Barlow

    "In my university library there are several shelves with books on statistics. However, this apparent wealth of choice is superficial - statistics is used in so many branches of science that it is difficult to find a book reflecting the physicist's point of view on this subject. R J Barlow's Statistics fills that gap ... In conclusion, I highly recommend this concise textbook to students and researchers who need to apply statistical analysis to their experimental data. I am going to keep my copy as a useful reference. I wish it had been available when I was learning statistics. L J Frasinski, Contemporary Physics, Vol 33, No 2, 1991. "Il couvre pratiquement toutes les methodes dont peut avoir besoin un utilisateur, en insitant assez fort sur les techniques d'estimation de preference aux autres, il convient parfaitement a ceux auxquels il est destine, mais n'est certainement pas inutile aux autres scientifiques, y compris meme les mathematiciens. En dernier lieu, il faut souligner que l'auteur ne neglige ni l'aspect intuitif ni les discussions un peu plus philosophiques a propos de certains sujets controverss, le tout etant bien illustre par de nombreux exemples." J P Rasson, Revue des Questions Scientifiques, No 4, 1990. "Man merkt dem Buch an, das es aus den Vorlesungen eines engagierten Dozenten hervorgegangen ist. Sein lockerer Stil, mit trockenem, zuweilen recht britischem Humor durchsetzt, ist angenehm zu lesen und bleibt trotzdem knapp und diszipliniert." Physik in Unserer Zeit, January, 1991. "Dem Autor gelingt es, im Plauderton den Leser auf ansprechende Weise immer tiefer in die Welt der statistischen Methoden einzufuhren."

    R Memmer, H-G Kuball, Nach Richten aux Chemie, October 1990

  • The Physics of Stars by A C Phillips
    The Manchester Physics Series - The Physics of Stars
    The Physics of Stars by A C Phillips

    "Far-reaching consequences in stellar physics can be derived from first principles. The beautiful and straightforward connections between fundamental physics and the properties of stars are shown well in this book. It is pitched at undergraduates and successfully provides short accounts of selected topics. The author appreciates that the motivation to study physics is enhanced by astrophysical applications, while a proper understanding of how stars work in turn requires a clear and sound basis in physics." Andre Maeder, Nature, March 1994. "It isn't often that I end up reading a textbook from cover to cover, but in this case, I did. Phillips has managed to combine readability and lucidity of explanation with sufficient mathematical rigour to convey the essentials of the subject. The progression of ideas is natural, the book is admirably short, and the paperback version is extremely affordable. I recommend it as a primary text for any stellar structure course; as a secondary text to anyone who needs a rich source of interesting examples for a course on thermal or nuclear physics; and to anyone else who feels the need to brush up on their stellar physics. University libraries should be sure to stock more than one copy - there will be plenty of demand for this book." Andrew Collier Cameron, Observatory, February 1995. "The title tells it all. This is a compact and well-organized book about what physics reveals about stars. ... It is a book for the advanced undergraduate, and it achieves wonderful success in presenting the physics of approximation, intuition and understanding. Its strengths are many. Barely is a concept introduced before it is exploited. And with foreshadowing and back-referencing, the important concepts are used repeatedly, so that the reader-student's mastery is assured. ... Use of the book in an undergraduate course will leave the motivated student with an improved grasp both of the physics and its application to stars." Bruce W Carney, Physics Today, December 1994. "Phillips never lets the student out of his sight. And this student is encouraged, step by step, to reach a greater understanding of the subject. Every paragraph seems to be honed on tutorial experience, every equation is explained with great care, superfluous material is omitted and concepts are worked out from first principles. This is a university textbook par excellence, a classic that will be used for decades to come."

    David Hughes, New Scientist, May 1994

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