New eBook Announcement | Classical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics: An Historic-Axiomatic Approach

 

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PETER ENDERS

 

This is not just another textbook about quantum mechanics as it presents quite a novel, axiomatic path from classical to quantum physics. The novelty begins with the description of classical mechanics, which rests on Euler’s and Helmholtz’s rather than Newton’s or Hamilton’s representations. Special attention is paid to the commons rather than to the differences between classical and quantum mechanics. Schrödinger’s 1926 forgotten demands on quantization are taken seriously; therefore, his paradigm ‘quantization as eigenvalue problem’ is replaced with Einstein’s idea of ‘quantization as selection problem’. The Schrödinger equation is derived without any assumptions about the nature of quantum systems, such as interference and superposition, or the existence of a quantum of action, h. The use of the classical expressions for the potential and kinetic energies within quantum physics is justified.

A doubtless benefit of this textbook is its extensive reference to original texts. This includes many details that do not enter contemporary representations of classical mechanics, although these details are essential for understanding quantum physics.

Another benefit consists in that it addresses not only students and scientists, but also teachers and historians; it sheds new light on the history of ideas and notions. The level of mathematics is seldom higher than that of the common (Riemannian) integral. Basic notions and quantities are carefully introduced; steps like “It can be shown, that textellipsis…” or ‘It’s sink or swim’ are successfully avoided.

“From Newton to Planck and even more. The mix of exacting physics, biography and history exhibits its quite own charm and quickly fascinates the reader – in particular, when nowadays physical equations and the historical literature are so masterly interwoven as the paramount historical figures with their epochal works.” (Carsten Hansen, review on buchkatalog.de)

“I would like to express my thank to the author for this book. It contains an impressive and comprehensible derivation and representation of quantum physics. Due to his approach, I have eventually found an approach that is acceptable for me and not purely formal. The way from classical to quantum physics is impressively understood. Using a profound knowledge of the historical literature, including the original texts, the Schroedinger equation is derived through an extension of Euler’s and Helmholtz’s representations of classical mechanics to non-classical systems. It is the concentration on the commons rather than on the differences between classical and quantum systems that makes this approach reasonable. Moreover, this makes the interpretation and meaningfulness of the quantum-mechanical models and concepts clearly visible.” Read out the full version here

eBook Highlights | A Guide to Evaluate Environmental Contaminants and Natural Products

 

This eBook is edited by Ashita Sharma, Manish Kumar, Satwinderjeet Kaur and Avinash Kaur Nagpal published on June 10, 2019. Book URL: https://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book/9789811410963/

 

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Rapid urbanization has pressed the need to assess the environment for the presence of toxic pollutants. Evaluation of Environmental Contaminants and Natural Products: A Human Health Perspective presents a guide to tackle this challenge in two parts which represent two different approaches. The book has two themed parts. The first part of the book summarizes the alarming effects of environmental contaminants. Studies depicting the direct relationship of environmental contaminants with cancer incidence have been referenced. Scientific studies have established an inverse relation between cancer and ingestion of dietary phytoconstituents (phytochemicals) in the form of fruits, vegetables and botanical herbs. Plant products as dietary supplements can suppress contaminant toxicity by regulating the resulting reactive species and also by assisting their bodily excretion through Phase 1 and Phase 2 enzyme metabolism. The second part of the book, shifts focus to phytoconstituents which, if included in diet, can prevent the harmful effects of pollutants. Notes on the anti-mutagenic, anti-genotoxic and anti-carcinogenic potential of many plant products are referenced. The combination of information about contemporary issues of carcinogenic contaminants in the environment coupled with the references to relevant studies in this handbook will enlighten readers studying courses in environmental chemistry, toxicology, botany, and ecology about environmental toxins and help them understand specific dietary measures known to reduce the toxic impact. Researchers in the field of nutrition can also benefit from the information provided. To read out more, please visit: https://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book-highlights/190725001/

eBook Highlights – Phytochemicals in Vegetables: A Valuable Source of Bioactive Compounds

 

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Phytochemicals in Vegetables: A Valuable Source of Bioactive Compounds provides critical information about the diversity of phytochemicals in vegetable species, the most important identified compounds in the most commonly consumed vegetables, as well the health benefits and the bioavailability of such compounds. Details about the factors that affect chemical composition are also addressed. Chapters cover most common families of vegetable species (Allium, Cucurbitaceae, beans) as well as specific species with special interest (e.g. root vegetables, okra and artichoke).

The book is essential reading for academic readers (researchers and students) involved in agricultural sciences and food chemistry, as well as a broader readership, including public health actors, consumers and members of the food industry. To read out more, please visit: https://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book-highlights/190102002/

eBook Highlights| Topics in Anti-Cancer Research -Volume 7

The seventh volume of the series covers topics such as drug delivery, new avenues for treatment of esophageal cancer and the role of nutrigenomics in finding new therapies.

Topics in Anti-Cancer Research covers important advances on both experimental (preclinical) and clinical cancer research in drug development. The book series offers readers an insight into current and future therapeutic approaches for the prevention of different types of cancers, synthesizing new anti-cancer agents, new patented compounds, targets and agents for cancer therapy as well as recent molecular and gene therapy research.

The comprehensive range of themes covered in each volume will be beneficial to clinicians, immunologists, and R&D experts looking for new anti-cancer targets and patents for the treatment of neoplasms, as well as varied approaches for cancer therapy.

The latest volume of the series starts with a review on non-coding RNAs and associated patents. These patents help researchers to identify various cancer biomarkers and oncogenic regulatory mechanisms. 3 chapters cover nanocarrier patents for enhanced drug delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. Nanocarriers allow drug manufacturers to encapsulate chemotherapeutic agents within thin membranes which allows the molecules to reach the targeted cellular location in the body. The specific topics refer to Nanotaxol which is a nanotechnology enhanced version of Taxol® – a chemotherapeutic agent derived from chemicals in the bark of Taxus brevifolia, stimuli responsive nanocarriers which change behavior according to temperature and pH and smart nanoformulations which rely on different chemical formulations to reach molecular targets. Other topics covered in this volume include the role of autophagy in esophageal cancer, and nutrigenomics (the science of how biological nutrients affect gene expression) in cancer research. In terms of patents, the reader will find a list of compounds which modulate autophagy, and nutrigenomic methods that allow researchers to understand nutritional biomarkers of disease and customize nutraceutical formulations based on genetic and metabolic factors, respectively. To read out more, please visit: https://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book-highlights/190102001/

 

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