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Instant Physics From Aristotle to Einstein, and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0449906973

ISBN-13: 9780449906972

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tony Rothman

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For all of you who break out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics, or freeze up at the mention of quantum mechanics, like a bolt from the blue, INSTANT PHYSICS will zap you through the fascinating history of our most basic, yet baffling, science. From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated arguments behind the big bang theory, INSTANT PHYSICS answers all the heavy questions with a light touch. You'll learn: * How the Greek philosophers used the sledgehammer of mathematics to break apart the mysteries of the physical universe. * Why gravity is a "romantic" force. * How to tell the difference between a gluon, a meson, and a quark, even if you can't see them. INSTANT PHYSICS is crammed with special features, including chapter summaries, who's who lists, biographical and historical tidbits, and a host of illustrations, photos, equations, diagrams, and drawings.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/21/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Introduction: Lessons from Physics
Prologue: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: It's All Greek to Me
Toward a Clockwork Universe: Putting the Earth in Its Place
The Elusive Atom: I've Got Gas
The Energy Crisis: Scientists in Heat
Electromagnetism: A Current Affair
Special Relativity: Einstein Sees the Light
Inside the Nucleus: Curies and Curiouser
Quantum Mechanics: Physics Walks the Planck
Diversity and Unity: Stirring the Particle Soup
General Relativity and Cosmology: Gravity's Big Draw
The End

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