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Order from force : a natural history of the vacuum

Author: Jeffrey H Williams
Publisher: San Rafael [California] : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2015] ©2015
Series: IOP concise physics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the forces of nature, and what investigations of these forces can tell us about the world we see about us. The intention of this book is to introduce ideas of how the visible world, and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey H Williams
ISBN: 1681741776 9781681741772
OCLC Number: 944304960
Description: 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.1.Setting the scene 1-1 --
1.2.How should we look at nature? Asking the right question 1-4 --
1.3.The innocence of youth 1-5 --
Further reading 2-3 --
3.1.Introduction 3-1 --
3.2.Solid objects are mostly empty space 3-3 --
3.3.The scale of nothing: what and where is the hard-stuff? 3-6 --
Further reading 3-10 --
4.1.Introduction 4-1 --
4.2.Action at a distance 4-1 --
4.3.Defining nothing 4-3 --
4.4.The vacuum: the ancient world 4-5 --
4.5.Some ancient physics with a modern twist: Archimedes' principle 4-7 --
4.6.The vacuum: the early modern world 4-9 --
Further reading 4-10 --
5.1.Introduction 5-1 --
5.2.The currency and language of science 5-1 --
5.3.Creating expressions in the language of science 5-2 --
5.4.What makes the world go 'round? 5-6 --
5.5.Daring to know 5-6 --
5.6.Types of energy 5-8 --
5.7.Force 5-10 --
5.8.Electromagnetism 5-12 --
5.9.Power 5-15 --
Further reading 5-15 --
6.1.Introduction 6-1 Note continued: 6.2.The mechanics of breathing 6-1 --
6.3.How we view the natural world 6-2 --
6.4.Quantum mechanics 6-4 --
6.5.Complementarity 6-7 --
6.6.The uncertainty principle of Heisenberg 6-8 --
Further reading 6-9 --
7.1.Introduction 7-1 --
7.2.The polarization of light waves 7-3 --
7.3.The fluctuating vacuum: the classical nothing becomes something 7-5 --
7.4.There is still enchantment in physics 7-8 --
7.5.Quantum field fluctuations in the vacuum 7-9 --
7.5.1.Properties of quantum vacuum fluctuations: the Lamb shift 7-10 --
7.5.2.Properties of quantum vacuum fluctuations: the Casimir[—]Polder force 7-10 --
7.5.3.Properties of quantum vacuum fluctuations: the Casimir effect 7-11 --
7.5.4.Properties of quantum vacuum fluctuations: vacuum polarization 7-11 --
7.6.Fluctuations 7-12 --
Further reading 7-13 --
8.1.Introduction 8-1 --
8.2.Some early history 8-3 --
8.3.Gravity 8-4 --
8.4.Electromagnetism 8-6 --
8.5.Nuclear forces 8-7 Note continued: 8.5.1.Strong nuclear interactions 8-8 --
8.5.2.Weak nuclear interactions 8-9 --
8.6.Some recent developments 8-11 --
9.1.Introduction 9-1 --
9.2.Something ideal 9-1 --
9.3.Quantifying ideal behaviour: the gas laws 9-2 --
9.4.Ballooning 9-3 --
9.5.Something closer to reality 9-5 --
9.6.The van der Waals force 9-7 --
9.7.Forces on the small and on the large scale 9-10 --
9.8.Representing the forces between molecules 9-10 --
9.9.London dispersion force 9-12 --
9.10.Earnshaw's theorem 9-12 --
9.11.The local field effect 9-17 --
Further reading 9-18 --
10.1.Introduction 10-1 --
10.2.Water: the least ideal of fluids 10-2 --
10.3.Hydrogen bonding 10-6 --
10.4.The mechanical properties of water 10-8 --
10.5.The contribution of water to solutions 10-12 --
10.6.Clathrates 10-13 --
Further reading 10-14 --
11.1.Introduction 11-1 --
11.2.A classification 11-2 --
11.3.Packing of spheres 11-3 --
11.4.The packing of less-perfect, but real shapes (molecules) 11-5 Note continued: 11.4.1.Ionic solids 11-5 --
11.4.2.Ice 11-10 --
11.4.3.Organic solids 11-11 --
11.4.4.Benzene[—]hexafluorobenzene 11-15 --
11.5.The origin of order 11-20 --
Further reading and acknowledgment 11-22 --
12.1.Introduction 12-1 --
12.2.Melting 12-2.
Series Title: IOP concise physics.
Other Titles: Natural history of the vacuum
Responsibility: Jeffrey H. Williams.

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