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Great physicists : the life and times of leading physicists from Galileo to Hawking

Author: William H Cropper
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here is a lively history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics. William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, right up to contemporary figures such as Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, and Stephen Hawking. We meet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Cropper, William H.
Great physicists.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 2001021611
(OCoLC)46572472
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William H Cropper
ISBN: 9780195350272 0195350278 9780195137484 0195137485 1280473738 9781280473739 0195302427 9780195302424
OCLC Number: 58991470
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 500 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Mechanics. Historical synopsis. How the heavens go / Galileo Galilei --
A man obsessed / Isaac Newton. Thermodynamics. Historical synopsis. A tale of two revolutions / Sadi Carnot --
On the dark side / Robert Mayer --
A holy undertaking / James Joule --
Unities and a unifier / Hermann Helmholtz --
The scientist as virtuoso / William Thomson --
The road to entropy / Rudolf Clausius --
The greatest simplicity / Willard Gibbs --
The last law / Walther Nernst. Electromagnetism. Historical synopsis. A force of nature / Michael Faraday --
The scientist as magician / James Clerk Maxwell. Statistical mechanics. Historical synopsis. Molecules and entropy / Ludwig Boltzmann. Relativity. Historical synopsis. Adventure in thought / Albert Einstein. Quantum mechanics. Historical synopsis. Reluctant revolutionary / Max Planck --
Science by conversation / Niels Bohr --
The scientist as critic / Wolfgang Pauli --
Matrix mechanics / Werner Heisenberg --
Wave mechanics / Erwin Schrödinger, Louis de Broglie. Nuclear physics. Historical synopsis. Opening doors / Marie Curie --
On the crest of a wave / Ernest Rutherford --
Physics and friendships / Lise Meitner --
Complete physicist / Enrico Fermi. Particle physics. Historical synopsis. i[gamma] · [delta] [psi] = m [psi] / Paul Dirac --
What do you care? / Richard Feynman --
Telling the tale of the quarks / Murray Gell-Mann. Astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. Historical synopsis. Beyond the galaxy / Edwin Hubble --
Ideal scholar / Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar --
Affliction, fame, and fortune / Stephen Hawking.
Responsibility: William H. Cropper.
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