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The natural laws of the universe : understanding fundamental constants

Author: Jean-Philippe Uzan; Bénédicte Leclercq
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Pub., ©2008.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Constants, such as the gravitational constant and the speed of light, are present in all the laws of physics, yet recent observations have cast doubt on one of them. This book examines constants, the role they play in the laws of physics, and whether indeed constants can be verified. The authors provide an overview of the history of the ideas of physics, evoking major discoveries from Galileo and Newton to Planck  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Philippe Uzan; Bénédicte Leclercq
ISBN: 9780387734545 0387734546
OCLC Number: 183147314
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: x, 135 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foundations : universality in physics --
Fundamental constants : pillars of the edifice --
Planning the edifice : structure of theories --
Proportions : dimensionless parameters --
Atoms under close examination --
A constant in the clouds --
What if they did vary? : gravity waits in the wings --
Strings attached : towards multiple universes.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Other Titles: De l'importance d'être une constante.
Understanding fundamental constants
Responsibility: Jean-Philippe Uzan and 0Bénédicte Leclercq.

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This book surveys the entire field of physics, from its historic roots, through the laboratory, to the depths of space. It highlights the role and importance of the constants of nature.  Read more...

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