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Great Physicists : The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking - William H. Cropper

Great Physicists

The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780195173246
Number Of Pages: 512

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Here is a lively history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics. William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford and Albert Einstein, right up to contemporary figures such as Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, and Stephen Hawking. We meet scientists, all geniuses, who could be gregarious, aloof, unpretentious, friendly, dogged, imperious, generous to colleagues, or contentious rivals. Cropper also offers vivid portraits of their great moments of discovery, their bitter feuds, their relations with family and friends, their religious beliefs and education. In addition, since scientists in a particular field often inspire those who follow, Cropper has grouped these biographies by discipline mechanics, thermodynamics, particle physics, and so on each section beginning with a historical overview. Marie Curie and Ernes. Our understanding of the physical world has increased dramatically in the last four centuries, starting with Galileo and his telescope and stretching to Stephen Hawking's work on black holes and cosmology. With Great Physicists, readers can retrace the footsteps of the men and women who led the way. t Rutherford and Albert

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"This book provides encapsulated histories of 30 physicists who have made major contributions to the development of physics over the last five centuries, from Galileo to Hawking.... This has the wonderful effect of laying out the development of physics in an exciting continuous stream, interweaving the social and scientific lives of all the scientists very effectively. The individual chapters are scholarly yet brief, concise and to the point, focusing on the crucial life events and the major scientific breakthroughs.... We need something like this for mathematics now!"--Mathematical Reviews

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Historical Synopsisp. 3
How the Heavens Gop. 5
A Man Obsessedp. 18
Historical Synopsisp. 41
A Tale of Two Revolutionsp. 43
On the Dark Sidep. 51
A Holy Undertakingp. 59
Unities and a Unifierp. 71
The Scientist as Virtuosop. 78
The Road to Entropyp. 93
The Greatest Simplicityp. 106
The Last Lawp. 124
Historical Synopsisp. 135
A Force of Naturep. 137
The Scientist as Magicianp. 154
Historical Synopsisp. 177
Molecules and Entropyp. 179
Historical Synopsisp. 201
Adventure in Thoughtp. 203
Historical Synopsisp. 229
Reluctant Revolutionaryp. 231
Science by Conversationp. 242
The Scientist as Criticp. 256
Matrix Mechanicsp. 263
Wave Mechanicsp. 275
Historical Synopsisp. 293
Opening Doorsp. 295
On the Crest of a Wavep. 308
Physics and Friendshipsp. 330
Complete Physicistp. 344
Historical Synopsisp. 363
I·∂ = Mp. 365
What Do You Care?p. 376
Telling the Tale of the Quarksp. 403
Historical Synopsisp. 421
Beyond the Galaxyp. 423
Ideal Scholarp. 438
Affliction, Fame, and Fortunep. 452
Chronology of the Main Eventsp. 464
Glossaryp. 469
Invitation to More Readingp. 478
Indexp. 485
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ISBN: 9780195173246
ISBN-10: 0195173244
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.25 x 17.78  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 1.05