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Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein

Author: Jennifer Coopersmith
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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This title explains the idea of energy by tracing the story of its discovery, from Galileo through to Einstein. It explains the physics using the minimum of mathematics, presenting both a gripping historical narrative and a fascinating introduction to an elusive physical concept.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Coopersmith
ISBN: 9780191057502 0191057509
OCLC Number: 907289253
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 422 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Feynman's Blocks ; 2. Perpetual Motion ; 3. Vis viva, the First 'Block' of Energy ; 4. Heat in the Seventeenth Century ; 5. Heat in the Eighteenth Century ; 6. The Discovery of Latent and Specific Heats ; 7. A Hundred and One Years of Mechanics: Newton to Lagrange ; 8. A Tale of Two Countries: the Rise of the Steam Engine and the Caloric Theory of Heat ; 9. Rumford, Davy, and Young ; 10. Naked Heat: the Gas Laws and the Specific Heat of Gases ; 11. Two Contrasting Characters: Fourier and Herapath ; 12. Sadi Carnot ; 13. Hamilton and Green ; 14. The Mechanical Equivalent of Heat ; 15. Faraday and Helmholtz ; 16. The Laws of Thermodynamics: Thomson and Clausius ; 17. A Forward Look ; 18. Impossible Things, Difficult Things ; 19. Conclusions
Other Titles: Discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein
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