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The Oxford handbook of the history of physics

Author: Jed Z Buchwald; Robert Fox
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Oxford handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book brings together cutting-edge writing by more than twenty leading authorities on the history of physics from the seventeenth century to the present day. By presenting a wide diversity of studies in a single volume, it provides authoritative introductions to scholarly contributions that have tended to be dispersed in journals and books not easily accessible to the general reader. While the core thread  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Newton; Galileo Galilei; René Descartes; Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de; Alessandro Volta; William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; Michael Faraday; Heinrich Hertz; Isaac Newton; René Descartes; Michael Faraday; Galileo Galilei; Heinrich Hertz; William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de; Isaac Newton; Alessandro Volta
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jed Z Buchwald; Robert Fox
ISBN: 019969625X 9780199696253
OCLC Number: 832313672
Description: ix, 945 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Jed Z. Buchwald and Robert Fox --
pt. I. Physics and the new science. Was there a scientific revolution? / John L. Heilbron ; Galileo's mechanics of natural motion and projectiles / N.M. Swerdlow ; Cartesian physics / John A. Schuster ; Physics and the instrument-makers, 1550-1700 / Anthony Turner ; Newton's Principia / Chris Smeenk and Eric Schliesser ; Newton's optics / Alan E. Shapiro ; Experimentation in the physical sciences of the seventeenth century / Nico Bertoloni Meli ; Mathematics and the new sciences / Niccolò Guicciardini --
pt. II. The long eighteenth century. The physics of imponderable fluids / Giuliano Pancaldi ; Physics on show : entertainment, demonstration, and research in the long eighteenth century / Larry Stewart ; Instruments and instrument-makers, 1700-1850 / Anita McConnell ; Mechanics in the eighteenth century / Sandro Caparrini and Craig Fraser ; Laplace and the physics of short-range forces / Robert Fox ; Electricity and magnetism to Volta / Jed Z. Buchwald --
pt. III. Fashioning the discipline : from natural philosophy to physics. Optics in the nineteenth century / Jed Z. Buchwald ; Thermal physics and thermodynamics / Hasok Chang ; Engineering energy : constructing a new physics for Victorian Britain / Crosbie Smith ; Electromagnetism and field physics / Friedrich Steinle ; Electrodynamics from Thomson and Maxwell to Hertz / Jed Z. Buchwald ; From workshop to factory : the evolution of the instrument-making industry, 1850-1930 / Paolo Brenni ; Physics textbooks and textbook physics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / Josep Simon ; Physics and medicine / Iwan Rhys Morus ; Physics and metrology / Kathryn M. Olesko --
pt. IV. Modern physics. Rethinking "classical physics" / Graeme Gooday and Daniel Jon Mitchell ; The emergence of statistical mechanics / Olivier Darrigol and Jürgen Renn ; Three and a half principles : the origins of modern relativity theory / Daniel Kennefick ; Quantum physics / Suman Seth ; The silicon tide : relations between things epistemic and things of function in the semiconductor world / Terry Shinn ; Physics and cosmology / Helge Kragh.
Series Title: Oxford handbooks.
Other Titles: History of physics
Responsibility: edited by Jed Z. Buchwald and Robert Fox.
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