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Great Physicists The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

ISBN-10: 0195173244
ISBN-13: 9780195173246
Edition: 2001
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Description: Here is a lively history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics. William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Here is a lively history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics. William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford and Albert Einstein, right up to contemporary figures such as Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, and Stephen Hawking. We meet scientists, all geniuses, who could be gregarious, aloof, unpretentious, friendly, dogged,imperious, generous to colleagues, or contentious rivals. Cropper also offers vivid portraits of their great moments of discovery, their bitter feuds, their relations with family and friends, their religious beliefs and education. In addition, since scientists in a particular field often inspirethose who follow, Cropper has grouped these biographies by discipline mechanics, thermodynamics, particle physics, and so on each section beginning with a historical overview. Marie Curie and Ernes Our understanding of the physical world has increased dramatically in the last four centuries, starting with Galileo and his telescope and stretching to Stephen Hawking's work on black holes and cosmology. With Great Physicists, readers can retrace the footsteps of the men and women who led theway. t Rutherford and Albert

Preface
Acknowledgments
Historical Synopsis
How the Heavens Go
A Man Obsessed
Historical Synopsis
A Tale of Two Revolutions
On the Dark Side
A Holy Undertaking
Unities and a Unifier
The Scientist as Virtuoso
The Road to Entropy
The Greatest Simplicity
The Last Law
Historical Synopsis
A Force of Nature
The Scientist as Magician
Historical Synopsis
Molecules and Entropy
Historical Synopsis
Adventure in Thought
Historical Synopsis
Reluctant Revolutionary
Science by Conversation
The Scientist as Critic
Matrix Mechanics
Wave Mechanics
Historical Synopsis
Opening Doors
On the Crest of a Wave
Physics and Friendships
Complete Physicist
Historical Synopsis
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What Do You Care?
Telling the Tale of the Quarks
Historical Synopsis
Beyond the Galaxy
Ideal Scholar
Affliction, Fame, and Fortune
Chronology of the Main Events
Glossary
Invitation to More Reading
Index

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