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The How and the Why - David Park

The How and the Why

By: David Park, Robin Brickman (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 21st September 1990
ISBN: 9780691025087
Number Of Pages: 484

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"This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science."--John Polkinghorne, The Times Higher Education Supplement "A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science course and instructors should have to read."--James T. Cushing, American Journal of Physics "Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics."--John Barrow, New Scientist "A brilliant presentation of the ideas of modern physics presented in a richly painted historical setting... This book contains more physics than most physicists know, and more intellectual history than most historians know, woven together in a thoughtful, erudite, and enthusiastic presentation that is unique in both popular and academic science writing... The rise of statistical physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology are accompanied by trenchant examples that encapsulate the core of current controversy, and the older material is informed by recent sophistications of historical scholarship."--Choice

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Note on Referencesp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
What Is the World?p. 3
How Is It Built?p. 24
How Should We Think About It?p. 32
The Sky Is a Machinep. 54
The Christian Cosmosp. 78
What Are These Things I See?p. 95
The Wider Shores of Knowledgep. 109
Illuminationp. 124
The Spheres Are Brokenp. 142
Influencesp. 170
They Move According to Numberp. 202
Time, Space, and Formp. 224
A World of Bronze and Marblep. 243
Two Theories of Relativityp. 275
Very Small and Far Awayp. 305
Does It Make Sense?p. 334
Moving Down the Scalep. 352
And Now the Universep. 372
Order and Lawp. 387
Hero's Principlep. 407
Fermat's Principlep. 408
Newton's Theoremp. 409
Calculation of the Moon's Periodp. 411
The Law of Areasp. 412
Elliptical Orbitsp. 414
Derivation of Young's Formulap. 417
Of Time and the Riverp. 418
The Mass of a Moving Objectp. 419
The Two-Slit Experiment in Quantum Mechanicsp. 420
Quantum Correlations That Suggest Action at a Distancep. 423
The Troublesome Question of How Things Lookp. 425
Theory of the Expanding Universep. 427
Bibliographyp. 433
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780691025087
ISBN-10: 0691025088
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 21st September 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.65  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.71

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