Synopses & Reviews
Physics is very much an experimental science, but too often, students at the undergraduate level are not exposed to the reality of experimental physics ― i.e., what was done in a given experiment, why it was done, the background of physics against which the experiment was carried out and the changes in theory and knowledge that resulted. In this hook, the author helps to remedy the situation by presenting a variety of "landmark" experiments that have brought about significant alterations in our ideas about some aspect of nature. Among these scientific milestones are discoveries about the wave nature of x-rays, isotopes, the meaning of atomic number, superconductivity, fine structure in the spectrum of helium, the transistor, the neutrino, the maser and laser, higher symmetry for elementary particles and other seminal discoveries.
Over 120 illustrations enhance the text, often reproductions of those published with the original experimental results. The result is a fascinating survey ideal as a supplement for intermediate or advanced undergraduate courses in experimental physics, history of science, radio and radar astronomy, crystallography, high energy physics and other disciplines.
Clear, detailed presentations, with extensive quotations from original research papers, cover groundbreaking research on the wave nature of X-rays, superconductivity, the neutrino, lasers, many other subjects. 120 illustrations. 1975 edition.
Clear, detailed explorations feature extensive quotations from original research papers in their coverage of groundbreaking research. Topics include x-rays, superconductivity, neutrinos, lasers, and many other subjects. 120 illustrations. 1975 edition.
This popular science book emphasizes the importance of experimentation in physics by examining landmark investigations that have altered our perceptions of natural phenomena. Dating chiefly from the 20th century, scientific landmarks include the wave nature of x-rays, isotopes, superconductivity, transistors, neutrinos, lasers, the fine structure of helium, and more. 120 illustrations. 1975 edition.
Table of Contents
1 The Wave Nature of X Rays
3 The Meaning of Atomic Number
5 The Strange Behavior of Liquid Helium
6 Precision Values for Nuclear Magnetic Moments
7 Fine Structure in the Spectrum of Hydrogen
8 The Magnetic Moment of the Electron
9 The Transistor
10 Disproof of a Conservation Law
11 Recoilless Emission and Absorption of Radiation
12 Reality of the Neutrino
13 The Maser and the Laser
14 "Tunneling" and Superconductivity "
15 Higher Symmetry for Elementary Particles
16 A possible Cosmological Clue
Historical Background and Sketch of the BCS Theory