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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Order, chaos, order.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||0195075137 9780195075137 019508473X 9780195084733|
|Description:||xiv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||1. The Old Order: Classical Physics. From Galileo and Newton: Classical Mechanics. From Oersted and Faraday: Electromagnetism. From Rumford and Carnot: Heat and Thermodynamics. From Daniel Bernoulli and Joule: Kinetic Theory and Statistical Physics. From Fraunhofer and Kirchhoff: Radiation and Heat. 1895 --
2. Clouds on the Horizon. The Last Stand Against Atoms and Molecules. Troubles with the Atomic Description of Heat. The Connection Between Matter and Radiation. New Rays Are Seen: Cathode and Canal Rays. An Elusive Ether --
3. The Entrance of the Electron. e/m for the Cathode and Canal Rays. The Ionic Charge e. A Universal Constituent of Matter. Brownian Motion: A Determination of k --
4. A Chaotic Period Begins. Particles and Fields. Blackbody Radiation According to Wien. The Experimental Verdict. Blackbody Radiation According to Planck; the Appearance of h --
5. Allergic Reactions to h. An Initial Lack of Interest. The Radiation Quantum Appears, Is Rejected.
In telling this story, the author describes the essential features of quantum physics, what sets it apart from the classical view of the mechanical universe, and how the new science has led to unprecedented advances in understanding the essence of matter and the forces of nature. As a special feature, the author has presented mathematical details in separate boxed sections where they can be studied by readers interested in deeper insight, or skipped without any interruption to the flow of the narrative. The book is thus accessible to nonscientist general readers who will find it an ideal guide to the breathtaking discoveries of modern science that have so profoundly altered our perceptions of the material world.