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Great Ideas in Physics

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ISBN-10: 0071357386

ISBN-13: 9780071357388

Edition: 3rd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Alan Lightman

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This is an introduction to physics for the lay reader. The text takes the reader through four important ideas in physics: the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 6/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tenn. in 1948. As a boy, he had what seemed like incompatible interests--writing poetry and building rockets. He eventually put his literary interests aside to concentrate on science. After completing an A.B. at Princeton University in 1970, a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1974, and postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in 1976, Lightman moved directly into academia, teaching astronomy and physics at Harvard, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In the 1980s, however, Lightman found a way to combine his literary and scientific interests when he began to write essays about…    

The Conservation of Energy
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
The Relativity of Time
The Wave-Particle Duality of Nature
A Review of Some Basic
Problems and Discussion