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Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True : Masters of Modern Physics - Philip Morrison

Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True

Masters of Modern Physics

Hardcover Published: 8th May 1997
ISBN: 9781563963636
Number Of Pages: 446

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There are very few with Philip Morrison's gifts, few who can lead us with firm knowledge whispering just the right encouragement as he guides us across the great ideas of science. Take this journey with one of the most astute navigators and you'll find yourself compelled to go deeper into some of the most daring adventures of modern science.
Nothing is too grand or seemingly too trivial - the nature of time, the fabric of the atom, what it means to explore scientific horizons, the galaxies, even the search for unknown intelligence in the vast as-yet-uncharted universe.
Then as deftly as Morrison takes us on a dazzling tour of the stars, he gently settles down for an intimate stop in the nursery where children have their first encounters with the things of everyday life, everyday things that cause us to wonder and make for discovery.
With an equally firm grasp, Morrison, who witnessed the first tests of the atom bomb, takes us unflinchingly through some of the most frightening terrain of modern times, where the arms race can cause our ultimate destruction, but where sanity can still bring us peace.
This extraordinary collection of essays by one of the most profound commentators on the successes and failures of the scientific enterprize concludes with lively portraits of men of science - Neils Bohr, Richard Feynman, Charles Babbage, among other notable friends and heroes.

About the Series
Radio Daysp. 3
Engineers in Kindergarten?p. 5
Searching for Our Ancestorsp. 11
The Wonder of Timep. 18
The Fabric of the Atomp. 21
Why Man Exploresp. 37
Two Dialsp. 42
Science and the Nationp. 47
On the Causes of Wonderful Thingsp. 51
The Simulation of Intelligencep. 64
The Actuary of Our Speciesp. 70
Cause, Chance and Creationp. 88
On Broken Symmetriesp. 99
Looking at the Worldp. 115
What Is Astronomy?p. 135
The Explosive Corep. 143
Is M82 Really Exploding?p. 153
A Whisper from Spacep. 162
Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Manp. 175
Twenty Years Afterp. 179
Life in the Universep. 183
A Talk with Philip Morrisonp. 196
The Search for Extraterrestrial Communicationsp. 204
Less May Be Morep. 217
Ice that Sinksp. 244
The New General Physicsp. 248
The Full and Open Classroomp. 259
Primary Science: Symbol or Substance?p. 270
Knowing Where You Arep. 282
If the Bomb Gets Out of Handp. 291
Physics of the Bombp. 300
Accidents with Atomic Weaponsp. 317
Caught Between Asymptotesp. 321
The Spiral of Perilp. 328
Insecurity Through Technical Prowessp. 341
Nationalism, Science, and Individual Responsibilityp. 370
Bruno Rossip. 383
Robert Noyce and the First Chipp. 386
Niels Bohr: A Glimpse of the Other Sidep. 393
Richard Feynman: An Old Friendp. 399
The Exploratorium: Frank and Jackie Oppenheimerp. 403
Heaven and Earth One Substance: Bernard Peters and the Heavy Primariesp. 406
Charles Babbage: Far Ahead of His Timep. 415
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 436
Indexp. 441
About the Authorp. 445
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ISBN: 9781563963636
ISBN-10: 1563963639
Series: Masters of Modern Physics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 8th May 1997
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.78