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Boojums all the way through : communicating science in a prosaic age

Author: N David Mermin
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a collection of essays that deals in a variety of ways with the problem of communicating modern physics to both physicists and non-physicists. The book should appeal to physicists,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: N David Mermin
ISBN: 0521382319 9780521382311 0521388805 9780521388801
OCLC Number: 20091990
Description: xxi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Reflections on the Pursuit of Physics --
E. pluribus boojum: the physicist as neologist --
Commencement address, St. Johns College, Santa Fe, May 18, 1986 --
One of the great physicists ... and great characters --
My life with Landau --
What's wrong with this Lagrangean? --
What's wrong with this library? --
What's wrong with this prose? --
What's wrong with these equations? --
What's wrong with these prizes? --
Part II. The Quantum Theory --
Quantum mysteries for anyone --
Can you help your team tonight by watching on TV? --
Spooky actions at a distance: mysteries of the quantum --
A bolt from the blue: The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox --
The philosophical writings of Neils Bohr --
The great quantum muddle --
What's wrong with this pillow? --
Part III. Relativity --
Cruel nature: a relativistic tragicomedy --
The amazing many coloured relativity engine --
Relativistic addition of velocities directly from the constancy of the velocity of light --
Relativity without light --
E = Mc2 (written with M.J. Feigenbaum) Part IV Mathematical Musings --
Logarithms! --
Stirling's formula! --
Pi in the sky --
Variational principles in dynamics and quantum theory --
Special functions: a group theoretic approach.
Responsibility: N. David Mermin.
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