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Great physicists : the life and times of leading physicists from Galileo to Hawking

Author: William H Cropper
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William H Cropper
ISBN: 0195137485 9780195137484
OCLC Number: 51683983
Description: xii, 500 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Mechanics. Historical synopsis. How the heavens go / Galileo Galilei --
A man obsessed / Isaac Newton. Thermodynamics. Historical synopsis. A tale of two revolutions / Sadi Carnot --
On the dark side / Robert Mayer --
A holy undertaking / James Joule --
Unities and a unifier / Hermann Helmholtz --
The scientist as virtuoso / William Thomson --
The road to entropy / Rudolf Clausius --
The greatest simplicity / Willard Gibbs --
The last law / Walther Nernst. Electromagnetism. Historical synopsis. A force of nature / Michael Faraday --
The scientist as magician / James Clerk Maxwell. Statistical mechanics. Historical synopsis. Molecules and entropy / Ludwig Boltzmann. Relativity. Historical synopsis. Adventure in thought / Albert Einstein. Quantum mechanics. Historical synopsis. Reluctant revolutionary / Max Planck --
Science by conversation / Niels Bohr --
The scientist as critic / Wolfgang Pauli --
Matrix mechanics / Werner Heisenberg --
Wave mechanics / Erwin Schrödinger, Louis de Broglie. Nuclear physics. Historical synopsis. Opening doors / Marie Curie --
On the crest of a wave / Ernest Rutherford --
Physics and friendships / Lise Meitner --
Complete physicist / Enrico Fermi. Particle physics. Historical synopsis. i[gamma] · [delta] [psi] = m [psi] / Paul Dirac --
What do you care? / Richard Feynman --
Telling the tale of the quarks / Murray Gell-Mann. Astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. Historical synopsis. Beyond the galaxy / Edwin Hubble --
Ideal scholar / Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar --
Affliction, fame, and fortune / Stephen Hawking.
Responsibility: William H. Cropper.

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