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Author: Lutz Hüwel; Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
Publisher: San Rafael [California] (40 Oak Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903, USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Bristol [England] (Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6HG, UK) : IOP Publishing, [2018] [2018]
Series: IOP concise physics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of Clocks and Time takes readers on a five-stop journey through the physics and technology--and occasional bits of applications and history--of timekeeping. The author offers conceptual vistas and qualitative images, along with equations, quantitative relations, and rigorous definitions. The book includes discussion of the rhythms produced by the motion of sun, moon, planets, and stars, summary of historical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lutz Hüwel; Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
ISBN: 9781681740966 1681740966 9781681742243 1681742241
OCLC Number: 1034809054
Notes: "Version: 20180401"--Title page verso.
"A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume (various pagings)) : illustrations (chiefly color).
Contents: 1. Days, months and years --
1.1. A first discourse on measurement, units and precision --
1.2. What we see in the sky--stars, planets, Sun and Moon --
1.3. What the solar system looks like --
1.4. What a day makes --
1.5. Discovering the laws of motion --
1.6. Absolute space and time --
1.7. A bit of mechanics--or why the solar system is stable --
1.8. Not quite a clock yet--the Antikythera mechanism 2. Hours, minutes and seconds --
2.1. Origins of the metric system and the SI unit of time --
2.2. A generic clock --
2.3. Toy clock I : bouncing bead in a box --
2.4. Friction I : spoiling the bouncing bead --
2.5. Toy clock II : the simple harmonic oscillator --
2.6. Friction II : spoiling the simple harmonic oscillator --
2.7. Toy clock III : the pendulum --
2.8. Resonance and feedback --
2.9. Numbers for comparison --
2.10. From Huygens to shortt--how the pendulum revolutionized time-keeping 3. From milliseconds to attoseconds : is there a limit? --
3.1. From quartz vibrations... --
3.2. ...to quartz clocks --
3.3. The first atomic clock was not one --
3.4. Dancing electrons are making waves--the old-fashioned way --
3.5. Inner workings and limits of atomic clocks --
3.6. How time fared in the quantum revolution --
3.7. Inside the hydrogen atom --
3.8. Quanta make their entrance --
3.9. Precisely specified fuzziness --
3.10. Does nature play dice? --
3.11. Fountain clocks--state-of-the-art time-keeping --
3.12. A better clock--the ABC of clock comparison --
3.13. Who needs it? 4. Space and time forever entwined --
4.1. The ether and the birth of interferometry --
4.2. c = 299 792 458 m s-1 for everyone --
4.3. The principle of relativity --
4.4. A first (boring) application --
4.5. Moving clocks must run slow --
4.6. When lightning strikes twice--was it or was it not simultaneous? --
4.7. Running makes you thinner --
4.8. Why gravity must slow down clocks --
4.9. A pair of twins most famous --
4.10. The invariant space-time interval 5. Deep time or getting old --
5.1. Earth's age--a cautionary tale --
5.2. Built on sand--the hourglass as an analogue to radioactive dating --
5.3. Survival graphs and aging --
5.4. The neutron and other unstable characters --
5.5. Radioactive dating of rocks 6. From beginning to end --
6.1. The fixed stars in their crystal sphere revisited --
6.2. The cosmic egg --
6.3. Supporting evidence 1--ancient light --
6.4. Supporting evidence 2--it is elementary --
6.5. Supporting evidence 3--it is dark at night --
6.6. Standard candles and a very long ladder --
6.7. Was there anything before the Big Bang? --
6.8. Will it end? --
6.9. The long now.
Series Title: IOP concise physics.
Responsibility: Lutz Hüwel.

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Takes readers on a five-stop journey through the physics and technology (and occasional bits of applications and history) of timekeeping. On the way, conceptual vistas and qualitative images abound,  Read more...

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