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Black Bodies and Quantum Cats Tales from the Annals of Physics

ISBN-10: 0143036033
ISBN-13: 9780143036036
Edition: 2005
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Description: Physics, once known as natural philosophy, is the most basic science, explaining the world we live in, from the largest scale down to the very, very, verysmallest, and our understanding of it has changed over many centuries. In Black Bodies and  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Physics, once known as natural philosophy, is the most basic science, explaining the world we live in, from the largest scale down to the very, very, verysmallest, and our understanding of it has changed over many centuries. In Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, science writer Jennifer Ouellette traces key developments in the field, setting descriptions of the fundamentals of physics in their historical context as well as against a broad cultural backdrop. Newtons laws are illustrated via the film Addams Family Values, while Back to the Futuredemonstrates the finer points of special relativity. Poes The Purloined Letter serves to illuminate the mysterious nature of neutrinos, and Jeanette Wintersons novel Gut Symmetriesprovides an elegant metaphorical framework for string theory. An enchanting and edifying read, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats shows that physics is not an arcane field of study but a profoundly human endeavorand a fundamental part of our everyday world.

Foreword
Preface
Renaissance Man: 1509: Publication of de Divina Proportione
Talkin' 'bout a Revolution: 1542: Publication of de Revolutionibus
Lens Crafters: Circa 1590: Invention of the Microscope
Good Heavens: January 7, 1610: Galileo Discovers Moons of Jupiter
Gravity's Guru: July 1687: Publication of Newton's Principia
Drawing Down the Fire: June 1752: Franklin's Kite Experiment
Trompe I'Oeil: 1807: Invention of the Camera Lucida
Rules of Attraction: 1820: First Evidence of Electromagnetism
Ingenious Engines: Circa 1840S: Babbage's Analytical Engine
Emperors of the Air: September 24, 1852: First Dirigible Takes Flight
Disorderly Conduct: June 1871: Maxwell and his Demon
Queens of Science: November 1872: Death of Mary Somerville
Calling Mister Watson: March 10, 1876: First Documented Transmission of Human Speech
Thrill Seekers: 1884: First U.S. Roller Coaster Opens at Coney Island
Current Affairs: May 1888: Tesla and Electric Power Generation
Shadow Casters: February 2, 1893: Edison Films a Sneeze
Radio Days: 1895: Tesla Demonstrates Wireless Radio
Mysterious Rays: November 8, 1895: Roentgen Discovers x Rays
A Thousand Points of Light: October 1897: Discovery of the Electron
Quantum Leap: October 1900: Planck Introduces Quanta
It's All Relative: June 1905: Einstein Introduces Special Relativity
Rocket Man: March 16, 1926: Launch of the First Liquid-Fuel Rocket
That Darn Cat: 1935: Schrodinger's Quantum Cat
Copy That: October 1938: First Xerographic Copy
Life During Wartime: July 1945: The Trinity Test
Gimme Shelter: June 2-4, 1947: The Shelter Island Conference
Tiny Bubbles: 1948: Reddi-Wip Appears on the Market
Mimicking Mother Nature: May 13, 1958: Velcro Trademark Registered
Energize Me: December 1958: Invention of the Laser
Small World: December 29, 1959: Feynman's Classic Caltech Lecture
Contemplating Chaos: Circa January 1961: Lorenz and the Butterfly Effect
Kamikaze Cosmos: July 1963: Discovery of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
When Particles Collide: April 1994: Discovery of the Top Quark
Checkmate: May 1997: Deep Blue Defeats Kasparov
Much Ado About Nothing: December 1998: Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
The Case of the Missing Neutrinos: February 2001: Solution to Solar Neutrino Problem
Icarus Descending: September 2002: Schoen Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct
String Section: October 2003: Nova Special on String Theory
Bibliography
Acknowledgment
Index

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