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The conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics­­together, these concepts form the foundation upon which modern physics was built. But the influence of these four landmark ideas has extended far beyond hard science. There is no aspect of twentieth-century culture­­including the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics­­that has not been profoundly influenced by them.

In Great Ideas in Physics, Alan Lightman clearly explains the physics behind each of the four great ideas and deftly untangles for lay readers such knotty concepts as entropy, the relativity of time, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Throughout the book he uses excerpts from the writings of scientific luminaries such as Newton, Kelvin, Einstein, and de Broglie to help place each in its proper historical perspective. And with the help of expertly annotated passages from the works of dozens of writers, philosophers, artists, and social theorists, Lightman explores the two-way influences of these landmark scientific concepts on our entire human culture and the world of ideas.

Synopsis:

What does it mean to say that time and space are relative? How can an electron be in two places at once? For anyone who wants a basic understanding of the physical processes that define the universe, Lightman provides the perfect introduction in Great Ideas in Physics. In addition to explaining physics, he brings in relevant passages from philosophy and literature to demonstrate how these great ideas have impacted the world of thought.

Synopsis:

The conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics­­together, these concepts form the foundation upon which modern physics was built. But the influence of these four landmark ideas has extended far beyond hard science. There is no aspect of twentieth-century culture­­including the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics­­that has not been profoundly influenced by them.

In Great Ideas in Physics, Alan Lightman clearly explains the physics behind each of the four great ideas and deftly untangles for lay readers such knotty concepts as entropy, the relativity of time, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Throughout the book he uses excerpts from the writings of scientific luminaries such as Newton, Kelvin, Einstein, and de Broglie to help place each in its proper historical perspective. And with the help of expertly annotated passages from the works of dozens of writers, philosophers, artists, and social theorists, Lightman explores the two-way influences of these landmark scientific concepts on our entire human culture and the world of ideas.

Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Conservation of Energy.

Chapter II: The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Chapter III: The Relativity of Time.

Chapter IV: The Wave-Particle Duality of Nature.

Appendices:

A: A Review of Some Basic Mathematics.

B: Problems and Discussion Questions.

C: Laboratory.

Readings.

Endnotes.

Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780070380486
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill McGraw-Hill
Location:
New York :
Author:
Lightman, Alan P.
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
physics,influence,relativity,science,landmark,thermodynamics,second law,energy,conservation,landmark scientific concepts,philosophy,modern physics
Subject:
physics,influence,relativity,science,landmark,thermodynamics, second law,energy,conservation,landmark scientific concepts,philosophy,modern physics, reversible machine operating, bench rod, initial vertical height, prequantum physics, train rod, average m
Subject:
The Relativity of Time, The Wave-Particle Duality of Nature.
Subject:
physics,influence,relativity,science,landmark,thermodynamics, second law,energy,conservation,landmark scientific concepts,philosophy,modern physics, reversible machine operating, bench rod, initial vertical height, prequantum physics, train rod, average m
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
103-412
Publication Date:
20000626
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.000 x 6.000 x 0.930 in 1.050 lb

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"Synopsis" by , What does it mean to say that time and space are relative? How can an electron be in two places at once? For anyone who wants a basic understanding of the physical processes that define the universe, Lightman provides the perfect introduction in Great Ideas in Physics. In addition to explaining physics, he brings in relevant passages from philosophy and literature to demonstrate how these great ideas have impacted the world of thought.
"Synopsis" by , The conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics­­together, these concepts form the foundation upon which modern physics was built. But the influence of these four landmark ideas has extended far beyond hard science. There is no aspect of twentieth-century culture­­including the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics­­that has not been profoundly influenced by them.

In Great Ideas in Physics, Alan Lightman clearly explains the physics behind each of the four great ideas and deftly untangles for lay readers such knotty concepts as entropy, the relativity of time, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Throughout the book he uses excerpts from the writings of scientific luminaries such as Newton, Kelvin, Einstein, and de Broglie to help place each in its proper historical perspective. And with the help of expertly annotated passages from the works of dozens of writers, philosophers, artists, and social theorists, Lightman explores the two-way influences of these landmark scientific concepts on our entire human culture and the world of ideas.

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