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From Paradox to Reality : Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World - Firtz Rohrlich

From Paradox to Reality

Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World

Paperback Published: 30th October 1989
ISBN: 9780521376051
Number Of Pages: 240

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Using a clear, non-technical style, Professor Rohrlich discusses the two major theories of twentieth-century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics. Discussed conceptually and philosophically, rather than using mathematics, the philosophical issues raised show how new discoveries forced physicists to accept often strange and unconventional notions. He aims to remove the mystery and misrepresentation that often surround the ideas of modern physics and to show how modern scientists construct theories, so that the reader can appreciate their successes and failures and understand problems that are as yet unresolved.

'A clear and coherent account.' Nature 'An ideal book prize for a budding physics undergraduate.' School Science

Preface
At the Roof of the Endeavor
Human limitations
Theory and the role of mathematics
Scientific objectivity
The aim of scientific theory
The World of Relativity
Space and time: from absolute to relative
Imposed consistency: special relativity
Gravitation as geometry: general relativity
Revolutions without revolutions
The Quantum World
The limits of the classical world
Concepts of the quantum world
From apparent paradox to a new reality
The present state of the art
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of technical terms
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521376051
ISBN-10: 052137605X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th October 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.42