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From x-rays to quarks : modern physicists and their discoveries

Author: Emilio Segrè
Publisher: San Francisco : W.H. Freeman, ©1980.
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A Nobel Laureate offers impressions and recollections of the development of modern physics. Rather than a chronological approach, Segrè emphasizes interesting, complex personalities who often appear only in footnotes. Readers will find that this book adds considerably to their understanding of science and includes compelling topics of current interest.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emilio Segrè
ISBN: 071671146X 9780716711469 0716711478 9780716711476
OCLC Number: 5946636
Language Note: Translation of Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea.
Notes: Translation of Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea.
Includes indexes.
Description: ix, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
H. Becquerel, the Curies, and the discovery of radioactivity --
Rutherford in the new world : the transmutation of elements --
Planck, unwilling revolutionary : the idea of quantization --
Einstein, new ways of thinking : space, time, relativity, and quanta --
Sir Ernest and Lord Rutherford of Nelson --
Bohr and atomic models --
A true quantum mechanics at last --
The wonder year 1932 : neutron, positron, deuterium, and other discoveries --
Enrico Fermi and nuclear energy --
E.O. Lawrence and particle accelerators --
Beyond the nucleus --
New branches from the old stump --
Conclusions --
Appendix 1. Stefan's law, Wien's law --
Appendix 2. Planck's hunt for the blackbody radiation formula --
Appendix 3. Einstein's heuristic argument for postulating the existence of light quanta --
Appendix 4. Brownian motion --
Appendix 5. Blackbody energy fluctuations according to Einstein --
Appendix 6. Specific heat of solids according to Einstein --
Appendix 7. A and B of Einstein --
Appendix 8. J.J. Thomson's parabola method for finding e/m of ions --
Appendix 9. Bohr's hydrogen atom --
Appendix 10. Quantum mechanics in a nutshell.
Other Titles: Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea.
Responsibility: Emilio Segrè.

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A Nobel Laureate offers impressions and recollections of the development of modern physics. Rather than a chronological approach, Segrè emphasizes interesting, complex personalities who often appear only in footnotes. Readers will find that this book adds considerably to their understanding of science and includes compelling topics of current interest.

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