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Overview

"This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science."--John Polkinghorne, The Times Higher Education Supplement"A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science courseand instructorsshould have to read."--James T. Cushing, American Journal of Physics"Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics."--John Barrow, New Scientist"A brilliant presentation of the ideas of modern physics presented in a richly painted historical setting. . . . This book contains more physics than most physicists know, and more intellectual history than most historians know, woven together in a thoughtful, erudite, and enthusiastic presentation that is unique in both popular and academic science writing. . . . The rise of statistical physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology are accompanied by trenchant examples that encapsulate the core of current controversy, and the older material is informed by recent sophistications of historical scholarship."--Choice

A sweep of the history of science in the ways the ancient and medieval thinkers approached solutions to scientific questions.

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Physics
A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science course and instructors should have to read.
— James T. Cushing
New Scientist
Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics.
— John Barrow
Choice
A brilliant presentation of the ideas of modern physics presented in a richly painted historical setting. . . . This book contains more physics than most physicists know, and more intellectual history than most historians know, woven together in a thoughtful, erudite, and enthusiastic presentation that is unique in both popular and academic science writing. . . . The rise of statistical physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology are accompanied by trenchant examples that encapsulate the core of current controversy, and the older material is informed by recent sophistications of historical scholarship.
The Times Higher Education Supplement
This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science.
— John Polkinghorne
The Times Higher Education Supplement - John Polkinghorne
This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science.
American Journal of Physics - James T. Cushing
A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science course and instructors should have to read.
New Scientist - John Barrow
Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics.
From the Publisher
"This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science."—John Polkinghorne, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science course and instructors should have to read."—James T. Cushing, American Journal of Physics

"Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics."—John Barrow, New Scientist

"A brilliant presentation of the ideas of modern physics presented in a richly painted historical setting. . . . This book contains more physics than most physicists know, and more intellectual history than most historians know, woven together in a thoughtful, erudite, and enthusiastic presentation that is unique in both popular and academic science writing. . . . The rise of statistical physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology are accompanied by trenchant examples that encapsulate the core of current controversy, and the older material is informed by recent sophistications of historical scholarship."Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691025087
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Note on References xvii
Introduction xix
Chapter 1 What Is the World? 3
Chapter 2 How Is It Built? 24
Chapter 3 How Should We Think About It? 32
Chapter 4 The Sky Is a Machine 54
Chapter 5 The Christian Cosmos 78
Chapter 6 What Are These Things I See? 95
Chapter 7 The Wider Shores of Knowledge 109
Chapter 8 Illumination 124
Chapter 9 The Spheres Are Broken 142
Chapter 10 Influences 170
Chapter 11 They Move According to Number 202
Chapter 12 Time, Space, and Form 224
Chapter 13 A World of Bronze and Marble 243
Chapter 14 Two Theories of Relativity 275
Chapter 15 Very Small and Far Away 305
Chapter 16 Does It Make Sense? 334
Chapter 17 Moving Down the Scale 352
Chapter 18 And Now the Universe 372
Chapter 19 Order and Law 387
Note A Hero's Principle 407
Note B Fermat's Principle 408
Note C Newton's Theorem 409
Note D Calculation of the Moon's Period 411
Note E The Law of Areas 412
Note F Elliptical Orbits 414
Note G Derivation of Young's Formula 417
Note H Of Time and the River 418
Note I The Mass of a Moving Object 419
Note J The Two-Slit Experiment in Quantum Mechanics 420
Note K Quantum Correlations That Suggest Action at a Distance 423
Note L The Troublesome Question of How Things Look 425
Note M Theory of the Expanding Universe 427
Bibliography 433
Index 453
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