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Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know

Author: R Muller
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
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Physics and Technology for Future Presidentscontains the essential physics that students need in order to understand today's core science and technology issues, and to become the next generation of world leaders. From the physics of energy to climate change, and from spy technology to quantum computers, this is the only textbook to focus on the modern physics affecting the decisions of political leaders and CEOs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Muller
ISBN: 9780691135045 0691135045
OCLC Number: 427704449
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011
Description: xi, 517 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Energy and power and the physics of explosions. Explosions and energy ; Power ; Chapter review --
Atoms and heat. Quandaries ; Atoms and molecules and the meaning of heat ; Termperature ; Chapter review --
Gravity, force, and space. Gravity surprises ; The force of gravity ; Push accelerates : Newton's third law ; Orbiting the earth, and weightlessness ; Escape to infinity ; Air resistance and fuel efficiency ; Momentum ; Rockets ; Airplances, helicopters and fans ; Convection : thunderstorms and heaters ; Angular momentum and torque ; Chapter review --
Nuclei and radioactivity. Radioactivity ; Fission ; Fusion ; Back to the beginning ; Chapter review --
Chain reactions, nuclear reactors, and atomic bombs. A multitude of chain reactions ; Nuclear weapons basics ; Nuclear reactors ; Nuclear waste ; Chapter review --
Electricity and magnetism. Electricity is ... ; Magnetism is ... ; Electricity ; Electric power ; Magnets ; Electric and magnetic fields ; Electromagnets ; Electric motors ; Electric generators ; Transformers ; Magnetic levitation ; Rail guns ; AC versus DC ; Chapter review --
Waves including UFOs, earthquakes, and music. Two strange but true stories ; Waves ; Chapter review --
Light. High tech light ; what is light? ; Color ; Images ; Mirrors ; Slow light ; Lenses ; Eyes ; Telescopes and microscopes ; Spreading light : diffraction ; Holograms ; Polarization ; Chapter review --
Invisible light. An opening anecdote: watching illegal immigrants cross the border in darkness ; Infrared radiation ; UV : "Black light" ; The ozone layer ; Electromagnetic radiation : an overview ; Medical imaging ; Ultrasound : sonar (bats and submarines) ; Chapter review --
Climate change. Global warming ; Solutions ; Chapter review --
Quantum physics. Electron waves ; Laser : a quantum chain reaction ; The photoelectric effect ; Quantum physics of gamma rays and x-rays ; Semiconductor transistors ; Diode transistors ; Transistors ; Superconductors ; Electron microscope ; Deeper aspects of quantum physics ; Tunneling ; Quantum computers ; Chapter review --
Relativity. A dialogue ; Events : and the "fourth dimension" ; Time dilation ; Lorentz contraction ; Relative velocities ; Energy and mass ; General relativity : a theory of gravity ; Questions about time ; Chapter review --
The universe. Puzzles ; The solar system ; Galaxies ; Looking back in time ; Expansion of the universe ; Dark energy ; The beginning ; Theory of everything ; Chapter review.
Other Titles: Introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know
Physics every world leader needs to know
Responsibility: Richard A. Muller.

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