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Order from force : a natural history of the vacuum

Author: Jeffrey H Williams; Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
Publisher: San Rafael [California] : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Bristol [England] : IOP Publishing, [2015] [2015]
Series: IOP concise physics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The present theme concerns the forces of nature, and what investigations of these forces can tell us about the world we see about us. The story of these forces is long and complex, and contains many episodes that are not atypical of the bulk of scientific research, which could have achieved greater acclaim 'if only ... '. The intention of this book is to introduce ideas of how the visible world, and those parts of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey H Williams; Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
ISBN: 9781681742410 1681742411 9781681741130 168174113X
OCLC Number: 931791748
Notes: "Version: 20151101"--Title page verso.
"A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Title from PDF title page (viewed on December 1, 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume (various pagings)) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Preface --
Author biography --
1. Science, science fiction and science fantasy --
1.1. Setting the scene --
1.2. How should we look at nature? Asking the right question --
1.3. The innocence of youth. 2. Complexity --
3. Materialism : what is there between atoms and molecules? --
3.1. Introduction --
3.2. Solid objects are mostly empty space --
3.3. The scale of nothing : what and where is the hard-stuff? 4. What exactly is the vacuum? The static or classical interpretation --
4.1. Introduction --
4.2. Action at a distance --
4.3. Defining nothing --
4.4. The vacuum : the ancient world --
4.5. Some ancient physics with a modern twist : Archimedes' principle --
4.6. The vacuum : the early modern world. 5. Some basics --
5.1. Introduction --
5.2. The currency and language of science --
5.3. Creating expressions in the language of science --
5.4. What makes the world go 'round? --
5.5. Daring to know --
5.6. Types of energy --
5.7. Force --
5.8. Electromagnetism --
5.9. Power. 6. Investigating nature --
6.1. Introduction --
6.2. The mechanics of breathing --
6.3. How we view the natural world --
6.4. Quantum mechanics --
6.5. Complementarity --
6.6. The uncertainty principle of Heisenberg. 7. Generating order and system --
7.1. Introduction --
7.2. The polarization of light waves --
7.3. The fluctuating vacuum : the classical nothing becomes something --
7.4. There is still enchantment in physics --
7.5. Quantum field fluctuations in the vacuum --
7.6. Fluctuations. 8. The forces of nature --
8.1. Introduction --
8.2. Some early history --
8.3. Gravity --
8.4. Electromagnetism --
8.5. Nuclear forces --
8.6. Some recent developments. 9. Intermolecular forces --
9.1. Introduction --
9.2. Something ideal --
9.3. Quantifying ideal behaviour : the gas laws --
9.4. Ballooning --
9.5. Something closer to reality --
9.6. The van der Waals force --
9.7. Forces on the small and on the large scale --
9.8. Representing the forces between molecules --
9.9. London dispersion force --
9.10. Earnshaw's theorem --
9.11. The local field effect. 10. Aspects of the private life of a liquid --
10.1. Introduction --
10.2. Water : the least ideal of fluids --
10.3. Hydrogen bonding --
10.4. The mechanical properties of water --
10.5. The contribution of water to solutions --
10.6. Clathrates. 11. Order and complexity --
11.1. Introduction --
11.2. A classification --
11.3. Packing of spheres --
11.4. The packing of less-perfect, but real shapes (molecules) --
11.5. The origin of order. 12. 'For all that moveth, doth in change delight' --
12.1. Introduction --
12.2. Melting --
12.3. The fate of a snowflake.
Series Title: IOP concise physics.
Other Titles: Natural history of the vacuum
Responsibility: Jeffrey H. Williams.

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