Matter of Degrees What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe

ISBN-10: 014200278X

ISBN-13: 9780142002780

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gino Segre

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Gino Segre is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in high-energy elementary-particle theoretical physics. Segre has served as director of Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.

Introduction: the Ruler, the Clock, and the Thermometer
Constant Temperature
Into the Sahara
Into the Antarctic
When Things Go Wrong
Shocks from Heat
Measure for Measure
The First Sparks
The Thermometer's Four Inventors
The Count from Massachusetts
Steam Power
Thermodynamics' Three Laws
Entropy and Life
Reading the Earth
Copernicus's Harmony
The Minister, the Lawyer, and the Fossil Fish Expert
Cycles of Ice
The Tundra's Bloom
El Nino, Old and New
Greenhouse Effect: The Basic Science
Greenhouse Effect: The History
Greenhouse Effect: The Politics
Life in the Extremes
Barton and Beebe's Bathysphere
Clambake I: Hydrothermal Vents
Some Like It Hot
Snowball Earth
The Third Branch of Life
Melting the Earth
Extraterrestrial Life
Life Under Two Miles of Ice
Messages from the Sun
At the Core
Cosmic Gall
A Thermal Aside: Gamow, Rutherford, and Nuclear Barriers
A Star Is Born
Black Holes and Little Green Men
The Founding Elements: Hydrogen and Helium
Three-Degree Photons, Two-Degree Neutrinos
The Big Bang and the Big Crunch
The Quantum Leap
Faraday's Perfect Gases
The Last Liquid
Duality, Exclusion, and Uncertainty
The Low-Temperature World
Einstein's Refrigerator
Chandra's Journey
Into the Future
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