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Einstein's heroes : imagining the world through the language of mathematics

Author: Robyn Arianrhod
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Blending science, history, and biography, this book reveals the mysteries of mathematics, focusing on the life and work of three of Albert Einstein's heroes: Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and especially James Clerk Maxwell, whose portrait hung on Einstein's laboratory wall and whose work directly inspired the theory of relativity. In this book, Robyn Arianrhod bridges the gap between science and literature,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: James Clerk Maxwell; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; James Clerk Maxwell; Isaac Newton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Arianrhod
ISBN: 0195183703 9780195183702
OCLC Number: 56924693
Notes: Originally published: St. Lucia, Qld. : UQP, 2003.
Description: 323 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A seamless intertwining --
A reluctant revolutionary --
Beetles, strings and sealing wax --
The nature of physics --
The language of physics --
Why Newton held the world in thrall --
Rites of passage --
A fledgling physicist --
Electromagnetic controversy --
Mathematics as language --
The magical synthesis of algebra an geometry --
Maxwell's mathematical language --
Maxwell's rainbow --
Imagining the world with the language of mathematics: a revolution in physics.
Responsibility: Robyn Arianrhod.
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"Blending science, history, and biography, this book reveals the mysteries of mathematics, focusing on the life and work of three of Albert Einstein's heroes: Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and especially James Clerk Maxwell, whose portrait hung on Einstein's laboratory wall and whose work directly inspired the theory of relativity. In this book, Robyn Arianrhod bridges the gap between science and literature, portraying mathematics as a language and arguing that a physical theory is a work of imagination involving the elegant and clever use of this language. Her narrative centers on the work of Maxwell, the first scientist to embrace the ambiguous relationship between language and reality - the first to accept that, in a very real sense, language is reality."--BOOK JACKET.

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