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Cosmic numbers : the numbers that define our universe

Author: James D Stein
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Our fascination with numbers begins when we are children, and continues, for most of us, throughout our lives. We start counting our fingers and toes, and end up balancing check books and calculating risk. So powerful is the appeal of numbers that many people ascribe to them a mystical significance. And there are some numbers whose importance even transcends the supernatural--these numbers work to explain our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James D Stein
ISBN: 9780465021987 0465021980 9780465027880 0465027881 9780465063796 0465063799
OCLC Number: 701015477
Description: xii, 228 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The gravitational constant --
The speed of light --
The ideal gas constant --
Absolute zero --
Avogadro's Number --
Electricity and the proportionality constant --
The Boltzmann Constant --
The Planck Constant --
The Schwarzschild Radius --
The efficiency of hydrogen fusion --
The Chandrasekhar Limit --
The Hubble Constant --
Omega --
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Responsibility: James D. Stein.

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Traces the discovery, evolution, and interrelationships of the great numbers that define our world. This title reveals the manner in which certain cosmic numbers came to light, the dramatis personae  Read more...

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Kirkus "Cheerful but not dumbed-down... Every educated reader should know what these numbers mean. Stein casts his net widely, delivering an entertaining history of each, often wandering into areas Read more...

 
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