Six Easy Pieces Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

ISBN-10: 0201408252
ISBN-13: 9780201408256
Edition: 1995
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Description: 'Six Easy Pieces' introduces the essentials of physics to the general reader. The topics include atoms, the fundamentals of physics and its relation to other sciences, the theory of gravitation and quantum behaviour.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 4/10/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

'Six Easy Pieces' introduces the essentials of physics to the general reader. The topics include atoms, the fundamentals of physics and its relation to other sciences, the theory of gravitation and quantum behaviour.

Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1942 and worked at Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the atomic bomb during World War II. From 1945 to 1950, he taught at Cornell University and became professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1950. Feynman made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics (QED) and electromagnetic interactions, such as interactions among electrons. In Feynman's approach, interactions are considered exchanges of virtual particles. For example, Feynman explained the interaction of two electrons as an exchange of virtual photons. Feynman's theory has proved to be accurate in its predictions. In 1965 the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three pioneers in quantum electrodynamics: Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman was an outspoken critic of NASA for its failure to notice flaws in the design of the Challenger space shuttle, which resulted in its tragic explosion.

Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster. He received degrees in physics from University College, London. He was Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney and has held previous academic appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Adelaide. Most of his research has been in the area of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Davies has also has written many books for the general reader in the fascinating fields of cosmology and physics. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including The Mind of God, Other Worlds, God and the New Physics, The Edge of Infinity, The Cosmic Blueprint, Are We Alone?, The Fifth Miracle, The Last Three Minutes, About Time, and How to Build a Time Machine. His awards include an Advance Australia Award for outstanding contributions to science, two Eureka Prizes, the 2001 Kelvin Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics, and the 2002 Faraday Prize by The Royal Society for Progress in religion. He also received the Templeton Prize for his contributions to the deeper implications of science. In April 1999 the asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) Pauldavies in his honour.

Publisher's Note
Introduction
Special Preface
Feynman's Preface
Atoms in Motion
Basic Physics
The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences
Conservation of Energy
The Theory of Gravitation
Quantum Behavior
Index
About Richard Feynman

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