Pursuing Power and Light Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein

ISBN-10: 0801893593
ISBN-13: 9780801893599
Edition: 2010
Authors: Bruce J. Hunt
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The most important advancements in physics -- the science of energy and the theory of the electromagnetic field -- were deeply rooted in the new technologies of the steam engine, the telegraph, and electric power and light. Bruce J. Hunt here explores how the leading technologies of the industrial age helped reshape modern physics.This period marked a watershed in how human beings exerted power over the world around them. Sweeping changes in manufacturing, transportation, and communications transformed the economy, society, and daily life in ways never before imagined. At the same time, physical scientists made great strides in the study of energy, atoms, and electromagnetism. Hunt shows how technology informed science and vice versa, examining the interaction between steam technology and the formulation of the laws of thermodynamics, for example, and that between telegraphy and the rise of electrical science.Hunt's groundbreaking introduction to the history of physics points to the shift to atomic and quantum physics. It closes with a brief look at Albert Einstein's work at the Swiss patent office and the part it played in his formulation of relativity theory. Hunt translates his often-demanding material into engaging and accessible language suitable for undergraduate students of the history of science and technology.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A World Transformed
Steam and Work
Energy and Entropy
The Kinetic Theory: Chaos and Order
Electricity: Currents and Networks
Electromagnetism: Ether and Field
Electric Power and Light
Into a New Century
Epilogue: Einstein at the Patent Office
Suggested Further Reading
Index

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