Instant Physics: From Aristotle to Einstein, and Beyond

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For all of you who break out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics, or freeze up at the mention of quantum mechanics, like a bolt from the blue, INSTANT PHYSICS will zap you through the fascinating history of our most basic, yet baffling, science.
From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated arguments behind the big bang theory, INSTANT PHYSICS answers all the heavy questions ...

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Overview

For all of you who break out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics, or freeze up at the mention of quantum mechanics, like a bolt from the blue, INSTANT PHYSICS will zap you through the fascinating history of our most basic, yet baffling, science.
From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated arguments behind the big bang theory, INSTANT PHYSICS answers all the heavy questions with a light touch. You'll learn:
* How the Greek philosophers used the sledgehammer of mathematics to break apart the mysteries of the physical universe.
* Why gravity is a "romantic" force.
* How to tell the difference between a gluon, a meson, and a quark, even if you can't see them.
INSTANT PHYSICS is crammed with special features, including chapter summaries, who's who lists, biographical and historical tidbits, and a host of illustrations, photos, equations, diagrams, and drawings.

For everyone who breaks out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics or quantum mechanics, now there's a concise and comprehensive text that's the ideal remedial remedy--guaranteed to produce advanced results. Filled with features such as chapter summaries, a who's who list, and biographical and historical tidbits, plus illustrations, photos, equations, and diagrams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449906972
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lessons from Physics
Prologue: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: It's All Greek to Me 1
Ch. 1 Toward a Clockwork Universe: Putting the Earth in Its Place 15
Ch. 2 The Elusive Atom: I've Got Gas 47
Ch. 3 The Energy Crisis: Scientists in Heat 68
Ch. 4 Electromagnetism: A Current Affair 88
Ch. 5 Special Relativity: Einstein Sees the Light 115
Ch. 6 Inside the Nucleus: Curies and Curiouser 135
Ch. 7 Quantum Mechanics: Physics Walks the Planck 159
Ch. 8 Diversity and Unity: Stirring the Particle Soup 185
Ch. 9 General Relativity and Cosmology: Gravity's Big Draw 207
Ch. 10 The End 231
Index 238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    This book was very informative about all aspects of physics. It

    This book was very informative about all aspects of physics. It talked about everythign from The Big Bang Thoery to the major Philosophers through time. I really enjoied how the author had a sense of humor while talking about this subject. If it wasn't for his sense of humor i doubt i would have been able to understanrd the book as well as I did. When he began to talk about the scientific process, he talked about Confucious and how important hyphothesis' are. One of my favorite lines from that section is, "Without the data, yo' chatta' don' matta'" (McKinsey W.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I thought that this was a good introduction to physics.. My only

    I thought that this was a good introduction to physics.. My only problem with this book was that its lack of seriousness. This is a book for people who do not takes physics and science very seriously.

    Ryan H.

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