Great Ideas in Physics / Edition 3

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Overview

The conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics­­together, these concepts form the foundation upon which modern physics was built. But the influence of these four landmark ideas has extended far beyond hard science. There is no aspect of twentieth-century culture­­including the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics­­that has not been profoundly influenced by them.

In Great Ideas in Physics, Alan Lightman clearly explains the physics behind each of the four great ideas and deftly untangles for lay readers such knotty concepts as entropy, the relativity of time, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Throughout the book he uses excerpts from the writings of scientific luminaries such as Newton, Kelvin, Einstein, and de Broglie to help place each in its proper historical perspective. And with the help of expertly annotated passages from the works of dozens of writers, philosophers, artists, and social theorists, Lightman explores the two-way influences of these landmark scientific concepts on our entire human culture and the world of ideas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071357388
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lightman, Ph.D., currently Senior Lecturer in Physics at M.I.T., received the Association of American Publishers Award for the best book in physical science for Origins. His writing appears in the Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Einstein's Dreams and Good Benito.

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Table of Contents

Excerpts
Introduction 1
Ch. I The Conservation of Energy 6
A Conversation Laws 8
B Gravitational Energy 10
C Kinetic Energy 21
D Units of Length, Mass, Weight, and Energy 31
E Conservation Laws and Human Freedom 33
F Heat Energy 36
G The Conservation of Energy and the Limited Lifetime of the World 52
H Reactions to Possible Violations of the Conservation of Energy 53
Ch. II The Second Law of Thermodynamics 60
A Reversible and Irreversible Phenomena 62
B States of a System and Probability of Configurations 64
C Mechanical Energy and Heat 78
D The Irreversible Flow of Heat 80
E Doing Work with Heat 83
F Entropy and Order 93
G Resistance to the Implications of the Second Law 98
H The Second Law Applied to Human Society 103
I The Second Law Used to Refute the Theory of Evolution 109
Ch. III The Relativity of Time 116
A Relativity in Brief 119
B Science Leading to the Theory of Relativity 121
C The Theory of Relativity 133
D Abolition of Absolute Space and Time 162
E Einstein's Approach to Science 165
F The Influence of the Theory of Relativity on Literature 170
G Relativity and Sculpture 173
Ch. IV The Wave-Particle Duality of Nature 180
A Waves 183
B The Photoelectric Effect 187
C The Double-Slit Experiment 196
D The Role of the Observer and the Nature of Reality 201
E Quantum Physics and Language 206
F The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the Demise of Determinism in Science 207
G Determinism, Causality, and Choice in the Quantum World 234
Appendix A A Review of Some Basic Mathematics 245
Appendix B The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Behavior of Systems with Large Numbers of Molecules 255
Credits 263
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Not too good

    Much of the physics is not all that well described. If you already know the science, you will be OK, otherwise, you may be in a little trouble. The links to greater society, which was supposed to be a selling point, is the weakest part of the book. Just because a novel or two mentions entropy does not mean (contrary to what the book implies) that the second law of thermodynamics had a significant impact on society. Lacks punch. Not a good read on the whole.

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