Remarkable Physicists

Author: Ioan James
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521017060
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Portrayals of 55 physicists, which collectively convey how the subject developed into its modern form.

Physics

Author: Alfred B. Bortz
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438109806
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Contains a history of physics providing definitions and explanations of related topics and brief biographies of scientists of the twentieth century.

Physics Curiosities Oddities And Novelties

Author: John Kimball
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1466576367
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An Enlightening Way to Navigate through Mind-Boggling Physics Concepts Physics Curiosities, Oddities, and Novelties highlights unusual aspects of physics and gives a new twist to some fundamental concepts. The book covers both classical and modern physics in an engaging, straightforward style. The author presents perplexing questions that often lack satisfying answers. He also delves into the stories of famous and eccentric past scientists. Many examples reveal interesting ideas, including how: Newton had trouble determining the mass of the moon An electric motor is an electric generator run in reverse Time travel that violates causality is not possible Schrödinger’s cat may be both dead and alive, and there may be two of each one of us to observe the two possibilities Particle physics and the basic laws of thermodynamics can appear simple yet are very complicated Accessible to nonspecialists and beginning students, this book provides insight into physics using minimal mathematics and jargon. It summarizes many fascinating aspects of physics employing only essential formulas. Some familiar formulas are written in standard form while other equations are written in words for greater clarity.

The Joy Of Physics

Author: Arthur W. Wiggins
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 161592180X
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Physics professor and popular science writer, Wiggins, provides the general reader with a fun-filled, entertaining, and truly educational tour. This new paperback edition includes new material and a study guide useful for teachers and self-learners.

Archimedes To Hawking

Author: Clifford Pickover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199714525
Size: 12.76 MB
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Archimedes to Hawking takes the reader on a journey across the centuries as it explores the eponymous physical laws--from Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy and Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Hubble's Law of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our everyday lives and our understanding of the universe. Throughout this fascinating book, Clifford Pickover invites us to share in the amazing adventures of brilliant, quirky, and passionate people after whom these laws are named. These lawgivers turn out to be a fascinating, diverse, and sometimes eccentric group of people. Many were extremely versatile polymaths--human dynamos with a seemingly infinite supply of curiosity and energy and who worked in many different areas in science. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their unusual talents from an early age. Some experienced resistance to their ideas, causing significant personal anguish. Pickover examines more than 40 great laws, providing brief and cogent introductions to the science behind the laws as well as engaging biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. Throughout, he includes fascinating, little-known tidbits relating to the law or lawgiver, and he provides cross-references to other laws or equations mentioned in the book. For several entries, he includes simple numerical examples and solved problems so that readers can have a hands-on understanding of the application of the law. A sweeping survey of scientific discovery as well as an intriguing portrait gallery of some of the greatest minds in history, this superb volume will engage everyone interested in science and the physical world or in the dazzling creativity of these brilliant thinkers.

North Pole South Pole

Author: Gillian Turner
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615191321
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This “fantastic story” of one of physics’ great riddles takes us through centuries of scientific history (Simon Lamb, author of Devil in the Mountain). Why do compass needles point north—but not quite north? What guides the migration of birds, whales, and fish across the world’s oceans? How is Earth able to sustain life under an onslaught of solar wind and cosmic radiation? For centuries, the world’s great scientists have grappled with these questions, all rooted in the same phenomenon: Earth’s magnetism. Over two thousand years after the invention of the compass, Einstein called the source of Earth’s magnetic field one of greatest unsolved mysteries of physics. Here, for the first time, is the complete history of the quest to understand the planet’s attractive pull—from the ancient Greeks’ fascination with lodestone to the geological discovery that the North Pole has not always been in the North—and to the astonishing modern conclusions that finally revealed the true source. Richly illustrated and skillfully told, North Pole, South Pole unfolds the human story behind the science: that of the inquisitive, persevering, and often dissenting thinkers who unlocked the secrets at our planet’s core. “In recent years, many very good books for interested non-scientists have been published: Richard Dawkins’s Climbing Mount Improbable and The Ancestor’s Tale, Stephen Jay Gould’s The Lying Stones of Marrakech, and Dava Sobel’s Longitude and The Planets, to name some of them. North Pole, South Pole . . . is a worthy addition to that list . . . Turner has a great story to tell, and she tells it well.” —The Press (New Zealand)

The Cambridge Companion To Galileo

Author: Peter Machamer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521588416
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Not only a hero of the scientific revolution, but after his conflict with the church, a hero of science, Galileo is today rivalled in the popular imagination only by Newton and Einstein. But what did Galileo actually do, and what are the sources of the popular image we have of him? This 1998 collection of specially-commissioned essays is unparalleled in the depth of its coverage of all facets of Galileo's work. A particular feature of the volume is the treatment of Galileo's relationship with the church. It will be of interest to philosophers, historians of science, cultural historians and those in religious studies.

Einstein The Man And His Achievement

Author: G. J. Whitrow
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486229348
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In commentaries by Whitrow, W. B. Bonner, and D. W. Sciama, and reminiscences by H. A. Einstein, Bertrand Russell, and 23 others, Einstein's life and thought emerge vividly, from childhood to the Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, and on through his search for the Unified Field Theory.

Archimedes To Hawking

Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195336115
Size: 71.23 MB
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A fascinating account of some of the greatest ideas of history takes readers on a journey across the centuries as it explores the eponymous physical laws whose ramifications have altered our everyday lives and our understanding of the universe.