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Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein

Author: Jennifer Coopersmith
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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Energy is at the heart of physics and of huge importance to society and yet no book exists specifically to explain it, and in simple terms. In tracking the history of energy, this book is filled with the thrill of the chase, the mystery of smoke and mirrors, and presents a fascinating human-interest story. Moreover, following the history provides a crucial aid to understanding: this book explains the intellectual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Richard P Feynman; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Albert Einstein; Isaac Newton; J L Lagrange; Daniel Bernoulli; Benjamin Rumford, Graf von; Humphry Davy, Sir; Thomas Young; Daniel Bernoulli; Humphry Davy, Sir; Albert Einstein; Richard P Feynman; J L Lagrange; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Isaac Newton; Benjamin Rumford, Graf von; Thomas Young; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Isaac Newton; Benjamin Thompson, count von Rumford; Humphry Davy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Coopersmith
ISBN: 9780198716747 0198716745
OCLC Number: 890393063
Notes: Originally published in 2010.
Description: xviii, 422 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Feynman's blocks --
The quest for perpetually acting machines --
Vis viva, the first 'block' of energy --
Heat in the seventeenth century --
Heat in the eighteenth century --
The discovery of latent and specific heats --
A hundred and one years of mechanics : Newton to Lagrange via Daniel Bernoulli --
A tale of two countries : the rise of the steam engine and the caloric theory of heat --
Rumford, Davy and Young --
Naked heat : the gas laws and the specific heats of gases --
Two contrasting characters : Fourier and Herapath --
Sadi Carnot --
Hamilton and Green --
The mechanical equivalent of heat : Mayer, Joule, and Waterston --
Faraday and Helmholtz --
The laws of thermodynamics : Thomson and Clausius --
A forward look --
Impossible things, difficult things --
Conclusions : what is energy? --
Appendix I: Timeline --
Appendix II: Powers of ten for energy --
Appendix III: Extras --
Appendix IV: Miniature portraits.
Other Titles: Discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein
Feynman's blocks
Responsibility: Jennifer Coopersmith.
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