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And Yet It Moves : Strange Systems and Subtle Questions in Physics - Mark P. Silverman

And Yet It Moves

Strange Systems and Subtle Questions in Physics

Paperback Published: 16th August 1993
ISBN: 9780521446310
Number Of Pages: 288

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Originally published in 1993, this book of essays is a largely nonmathematical account of some of the strange behaviour, both classical and quantum, exhibited by moving particles, fluids and waves. Drawn from the author's researches in quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, electromagnetism and optics, gravity, thermodynamics, and the physics of fluids, the essays describe different physical systems whose behaviour provokes surprise and challenges the imagination. There are strange processes for which no visualisable mechanism can be given; processes that seem to violate fundamental physical laws, but which in reality do not; processes that are superficially well understood, yet turn out to be subtly devious. The essays address questions or controversies from whose resolution emerge lessons of general significance regarding the mystery and fascination of motion. Anyone with a basic physics background or with an interest in the fundamental questions of physics will find this book of use.

."..an unusual book...engaging and stimulating reading...Silverman's salutary and trustworthy presentation of the intricacies of related issues is pitched at the right level...Silverman has achieved a vital objective. He has not only helped to draw attention to major problems in science education; he has furnished a compendium of illustrations which point to their solution." Geoff Stedman, Foundations of Physics

Preface: The fire within
The unimaginably strange behaviour of free electronsp. 1
Variations on 'the only mystery'p. 1
Electron interference in a space with holesp. 14
The two-electron quantum interference disappearing actp. 33
Heretical correlationsp. 43
Quantum beats and giant atomsp. 64
The light from atomic 'pulsars'p. 64
Anomalous reversalsp. 79
Quantum implications of travelling in circlesp. 94
Long-distance beatsp. 110
And yet it moves: exotic atoms and the invariance of chargep. 120
A commotion about motionp. 120
The electric charge of a moving electronp. 127
The exotic atomp. 132
Epilogue: marking time with planetary atomsp. 138
Reflections on lightp. 140
Exorcising a Maxwell demonp. 140
Enhanced reflection: how light gets brighter when it is up against a wallp. 144
Left- and right-handed reflectionp. 163
Two worlds, large and small: Earth and atomp. 184
The Wirbelrohr's roar (...or rather whistle)p. 221
Science and wonderp. 242
Selected papers by the authorp. 252
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780521446310
ISBN-10: 0521446317
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16th August 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.16  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.44

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