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Galileo's Finger : the Ten Great Ideas of Science.

Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2003.
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Any literate person should be familiar with the central ideas of modern science. In his sparkling new book, Peter Atkins introduces his choice of the ten great ideas of science. With wit, charm, patience, and astonishing insights, he leads the reader through the emergence of the concepts, and then presents them in a strikingly effective manner. At the same time, he works into his engaging narrative an illustration  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Atkins, Peter.
Galileo's Finger : The Ten Great Ideas of Science.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2003
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Atkins
ISBN: 9780191622502 0191622508
OCLC Number: 778339534
Description: 1 online resource (709 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Prologue; One: Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity; Two: DNA: The Rationalization of Biology; Three: Energy: The Universalization of Accountancy; Four: Entropy: The Spring of Change; Five: Atoms: The Reduction of Matter; Six: Symmetry: The Quantification of Beauty; Seven: Quanta: The Simplification of Understanding; Eight: Cosmology: The Globalization of Reality; Nine: Spacetime: The Arena of Action; Ten: Arithmetic: The Limits of Reason; Epilogue: The Future of Understanding; Further reading; Acknowledgements; Index; Footnotes; Chapter 1.

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Any literate person should be familiar with the central ideas of modern science. In his sparkling new book, Peter Atkins introduces his choice of the ten great ideas of science. With wit, charm, patience, and astonishing insights, he leads the reader through the emergence of the concepts, and then presents them in a strikingly effective manner. At the same time, he works into his engaging narrative an illustration of the scientific method and shows how simple ideas can have enormousconsequences. His choice of the ten great ideas are:* Evolution occurs by natural selection, in which the early at.

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