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Great Experiments in Physics: Firsthand Accounts from Galileo to Einstein

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From Galileo's famous experiments in accelerated motion to Einstein's revolutionary theory of relativity, the experiments recorded here trace the evolution of modern physics from its beginnings to the mid-20th century. Brought together for the first time in one volume are important source readings on 25 epochal discoveries that changed man's understanding of the physical world. The accounts, written by the physicists who made them, include:

Issac Newton: The Laws of Motion

Henry Cavendish: The Law of Gravitation

Augustin Fresnel: The Diffraction of Light

Hans Christian Oersted: Elecromagnetism

Heinrich Hertz: Electromagnetic

James Chadwick: The Neutron

Niels Bohr: The Hydrogen Atom,

and 17 more.

Morris H. Shamos, Professor Emeritus of Physics at New York University, has selected and edited the first published accounts of these important experiments, and has also added numerous marginal notes that amplify and clarify the original documents. Moreover, the first 19 experiments can be readily re-created by students in a first-year physics course, making the book ideal for classroom and laboratory work as well as individual reference and study.

Finally, Dr. Shamos has provided revealing biographical sketches of the scientists and illuminating references to the political and cultural milieu in which the discoveries are made. The result is a superbly readable presentation — accessible to the layman — of the crucial theoretical and empirical breakthroughs that altered the course of modern science.

Synopsis:

Starting with Galileo's experiments with motion, this study of 25 crucial discoveries includes Newton's laws of motion, Chadwick's study of the neutron, Hertz on electromagnetic waves, and more.

Synopsis:

25 crucial discoveries: Newton’s laws of motion, Chadwick’s study of the neutron, Hertz on electromagnetic waves, more. Original accounts clearly annotated.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Accelerated Motion-GALILEO GALILEI

3. Boyle's Law: Pressure-volume Relations in a Gas-ROBERT BOYLE

4. The Laws of Motion-ISAAC NEWTON

5. The Laws of Electric and Magnetic Force-CHARLES COULOMB

6. The Law of Gravitation-HENRY CAVENDISH

7. The Interference of Light-THOMAS YOUNG

8. The Diffraction of Light-AUGUSTIN FRESNEL

9. Electromagnetism-HANS CHRISTIAN OERSTED

10. Electromagnetic Induction and Laws of Electrolysis-MICHAEL FARADAY

11. Lenz's Law-HEINRICH LENZ

12. The Mechanical Equivalent of Heat-JAMES JOULE

13. Electromagnetic Waves-HEINRICH HERTZ

14. X-Rays-WILHELM K. ROENTGEN

15. Natural Radioactivity-HENRI BECQUEREL

16. The Electron-J. J. THOMSON

17. The Photoelectric Effect-ALBERT EINSTEIN

18. The Elementary Electric Charge-ROBERT A. MILLIKAN

19. Induced Transmutation-ERNEST RUTHERFORD

20. The Neutron-JAMES CHADWICK

  Appendix

  1. The Electromagnetic Field-JAMES CLERK MAXWELL

  2. The Quantum Hypothesis-MAX PLANCK

  3. The Theory of Relativity-ALBERT EINSTEIN

  4. The Hydrogen Atom-NIELS BOHR

  5. The Compton Effect-ARTHUR COMPTON

  Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486253466
Author:
Shamos, Morris H. Hmorris Herb
Author:
Shamos, Morris H. Hmorris Herb
Editor:
Shamos, Morris H.
Author:
Shamos, Morris H.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
Experiments
Subject:
Physics -- History.
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Physics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 140
Publication Date:
19870531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 in 1.19 lb

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Starting with Galileo's experiments with motion, this study of 25 crucial discoveries includes Newton's laws of motion, Chadwick's study of the neutron, Hertz on electromagnetic waves, and more.
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25 crucial discoveries: Newton’s laws of motion, Chadwick’s study of the neutron, Hertz on electromagnetic waves, more. Original accounts clearly annotated.

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