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

Author: William H Cropper
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics such as Galileo, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. This title also offers  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William H Cropper
ISBN: 0195173244 9780195173246
OCLC Number: 261198936
Description: xii, 500 p. : ill., portr. ; 26 cm
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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