WorldCat Identities

Reisinger, Axel

Works: 6 works in 20 publications in 1 language and 87 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea 
Roles: Translator, tra
Classifications: QC171.2, 539.1409
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Axel Reisinger
Capillarity and wetting phenomena : drops, bubbles, pearls, waves by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of capillarity is in the midst of a veritable explosion. Hence the temptation to write a new book, aiming at an audience of students. What is offered here is not a comprehensive review of the latest research but rather a compendium of principles. How does one turn a hydrophilic surface into one that is hydrophobic, and vice versa? We will describe a few solutions. Some rely on chemical treatments, such as coating a surface with a molecular layer. Others are based on physics, for instance by controlling the roughness of a surface. We will also examine the dynamics of wetting. Drops that spread spontaneously do so at a rate that slows down with time. They can be tricked into covering large areas by spreading them suddenly. We will describe a few of the many facets of their dynamical properties. Special additives are required for water to foam. Foams are desirable in a shampoo but can be a nightmare in a dishwasher detergent. Antifoam agents have been developed and are well known, but how do they work? It is also possible to generate bubbles and foams without special additives, for example in pure and viscous liquids such as glycerin, molten glass, and polymers. As we will see, the laws of draining and bursting then turn out to be quite different from the conventional ones. This book will enable the reader to understand in simple terms such questions that affect every day life -- questions that also come up during in industry. The aim is to view systems that often prove quite complex in a way that isolates a particular physical phenomenon, often avoiding descriptions requiring advanced numerical techniques will oftentimes in favor of qualitative arguments. This strategy may at times jeopardize scientific rigor, but it makes it possible to grasp things efficiently and to invent novel situations
Sands, powders, and grains : an introduction to the physics of granular materials by Jacques Duran( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an introduction to the physical principles underlying the behavior of materials consisting of grains. These can be found in an enormous variety of places, ranging from the powders used to make vitamin pills to the rings of Saturn, from beaches to grain elevators, and from pottery clay to interstellar dust. Granular materials have interested physicists from Coulomb to Faraday to Reynolds and Rayleigh, but only recently have mathematical and experimental methods been developed to analyze their properties in detail. This introductory text develops the fundamental physics of the behavior of granular materials. It covers the basic properties of flow, friction, and fluidization of uniform granular materials; discusses mixing and segregation of heterogeneous materials (the famous "brazil-nut problem"); and concludes with an introduction to numerical models. The presentation begins with simple experiments and uses their results to build concepts and theorems about materials whose behavior is often quite counter-intuitive; presenting in a unified way the background needed to understand current work in the field. Developed for students at the University of Paris, the text will be suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates; while also being of interest to researchers and engineers just entering the field
The atom in the history of human thought by Bernard Pullman( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Idea of the Atom - The Ultimate essence of physical reality, indivisible and eternal - has been the focus of a quest that has engaged humanity for 2,500 years. That quest is captured in The Atom in the History of Human Thought."--Jacket
Chaos and harmony : perspectives on scientific revolutions of the twentieth century by Xuan Thuan Trinh( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For 300 years, Trinh Xuan Thuan writes, since the time of Isaac Newton, scientists saw reality as a giant clock - a sterile mechanism in which one part acts on another in a deterministic fashion. But the discoveries of the last few decades have changed all that, conjuring up instead a universe brimming with unpredictability, creativity, and chance." "Thuan vividly describes these important scientific discoveries, intriguing new theories about chaos, gravity, strange attractors, fractals, symmetry, superstrings, and the strangeness of atoms. Equally important, he reveals how these discoveries have shaped our view of the universe - for instance, how quantum mechanics brought indeterminism to the subatomic universe. Thuan deftly describes quantum mechanics, discusses its relationship to the theories of relativity (which deal with the universe on a massive scale), and comments on Einstein's inability to accept it. Indeed, throughout Chaos and Harmony, he makes clear as never before the mind-bending ideas of modern physics, such as the effect of gravity on time (it slows it down), the impossibility of crossing the speed-of-light barrier (it would actually reverse time), the role of fractals as "the language of nature," and the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in understanding the universe." "From the subatomic world to the vast realm of quasars and galaxies, from the nature of mathematics of the fractal characteristics of the human circulatory system, Trinh Xuan Thuan takes us on a breathtaking tour of the universe. With striking examples and clear, plain language, he shows how science has actually restored mystery to the world around us - a world of symmetry and chaos, contingency and creativity."--Jacket
Fragile objects : soft matter, hard science, and the thrill of discovery by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After he received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1991, students, schools, and science clubs throughout the French-speaking world invited Pierre-Gilles de Gennes to lecture about his work in science, about the work of a scientist, and about the role of science in the modern world. This absorbing and beautifully written book emerged from those lectures and from the lively discussions, probing questions, and spontaneous replies that followed
The quest for unity : the adventure of physics by Étienne Klein( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

What could quantum mechanics have in common with the philosophical musings of the ancient Greeks? French physicists Etienne Klein and Marc Lachieze-Rey see an unbroken thread running from antiquity to the present - an ongoing search, throughout the history of science, for unity. In The Search for Unity the authors reveal how the quest for the One has driven all the great breakthroughs in science. They show how the Greeks searched for the fundamental element in all things; how Galileo unified the earth with the heavens, by discovering valleys and mountains on the moon; and how Newton created a single theory to describe the motion of the celestial bodies. Throughout the book, the authors stress the esthetic motives of scientists, how they recognize truth through apprehension of mathematical beauty. And in tracing the quest for unity up to the present day, they illuminate the bizarre workings of quantum mechanics and the sticky definition of reality itself at the subatomic level
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.60 (from 0.38 for The quest ... to 0.70 for Capillarit ...)

Capillarity and wetting phenomena : drops, bubbles, pearls, waves
Alternative Names
Reisinger, Axel

English (14)

Sands, powders, and grains : an introduction to the physics of granular materialsThe atom in the history of human thoughtChaos and harmony : perspectives on scientific revolutions of the twentieth centuryFragile objects : soft matter, hard science, and the thrill of discoveryThe quest for unity : the adventure of physics