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Einstein's heroes : imagining the world through the language of mathematics

Author: Robyn Arianrhod
Publisher: St. Lucia, Qld. : UQP, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Einstein's Heroes blends science history and biography to take you on a journey of discovery about the phenomenon of mathematics - humanity's universal language and one of our most amazing accomplishments." "It uses as its axis the lives and work of the brilliant scientists who inspired Einstein particularly James Clerk Maxwell, Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton. Together Maxwell and Faraday settled a centuries-old  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Named Person: James Clerk Maxwell; Albert Einstein; Michael Faraday; Isaac Newton; Michael Faraday; Isaac Newton; Albert Einstein; James Clerk Maxwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Arianrhod
ISBN: 0702234087 9780702234088
OCLC Number: 54015869
Description: viii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: A seamless intertwining --
A reluctant revolutionary --
Beetles, strings and sealing wax --
The nature of physics --
The language of physics --
Why Newton held the world in thrall --
Rites of passage --
A fledgling physicist --
Electromagnetic controversy --
Mathematics as language --
The magical synthesis of algebra an geometry --
Maxwell's mathematical language --
Maxwell's rainbow --
Imagining the world with the language of mathematics: a revolution in physics.
Responsibility: Robyn Arianrhod.

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"Einstein's Heroes blends science history and biography to take you on a journey of discovery about the phenomenon of mathematics - humanity's universal language and one of our most amazing accomplishments." "It uses as its axis the lives and work of the brilliant scientists who inspired Einstein particularly James Clerk Maxwell, Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton. Together Maxwell and Faraday settled a centuries-old physical dispute, which Newton had left in his majestic wake and established mathematics as the ultimate arbiter of physical reality."--Jacket.

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