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Great ideas in physics : the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics

Author: Alan P Lightman
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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For anyone how wants a basic understanding of the physical processes that define the universe, Lightman provides the perfect introduction. In addition to explaining physics, he introduces relevant passages from philosophy and literature to demonstrate how these great ideas have impacted the world of thought. What does it mean to say that time and space are relative? How can an electron be in two places at once? For  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
Great ideas in physics.
New York : McGraw-Hill, 2000
(DLC) 00022999
(OCoLC)43836372
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan P Lightman
ISBN: 007137843X 9780071378437
OCLC Number: 49414674
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 300 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Conservation of energy --
Second Law of thermodynamics --
Relativity of time --
Wave-Particle duality of nature --
Appendix A: Review of some basic mathematics --
Appendix B: Problems and discussion questions --
Appendix C: Laboratory --
Readings.
Responsibility: Alan Lightman.

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Explains the physics behind each of the four ideas - the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics - and deftly untangles for lay readers  Read more...

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