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The evolution of physics : from early concepts to relativity and quanta

Author: Albert Einstein; Leopold Infeld
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1966] ©1966
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Clear and concise explanations of the development of theories explaining physical phenomena.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Einstein; Leopold Infeld
ISBN: 0671201565 9780671201562
OCLC Number: 16692544
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Includes index.
Description: xvi, 302 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: pt. I. the rise of the mechanical view. the great mystery story ; The first clew ; Vectors ; The riddle of motion ; One clew remains ; Is heat a substance? ; The roller-coaster ; The rate of exchange ; The philosophical background ; The kinetic theory of matter --
pt. II. The decline of the mechanical view. The two electric fluids ; The magnetic fluids ; The first serious difficulty ; The velocity of light ; Light as a substance ; The riddle of color ; What is a wave? ; Longitudinal or transverse light waves? ; Ether and the mechanical view --
pt. III. Field, relativity. The field as representation ; The two pillars of the field theory ; The reality of the field ; Field and ether ; The mechanical scaffold ; Ether and motion ; Time, distance, relativity ; Relativity and mechanics ; The time-space continuum ; General relativity ; Outside and inside the elevator ; Geometry and experiment ; General relativity and its verification ; Field and matter --
pt. IV. Quanta. continuity-discontinuity ; Elementary quanta of matter and electricity ; The quanta of light ; Light spectra ; The waves of matter ; Probability waves ; Physics and reality.
Responsibility: by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld.

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