BN.com Gift Guide

Physicists on Wall Street and Other Essays on Science and Society / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.46
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 70%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $10.46   
  • New (6) from $23.65   
  • Used (4) from $10.46   

Overview

Over the years, Jeremy Bernstein has rubbed elbows with many of the world's most renowned physicists and other scientists, many of whom were involved in politics, literature, and language. In this diverse collection of essays, he reflects on their work, their personal relationships, their motives, and their contributions. Even for those people he writes about that he did not know personally, he provides important insights into their lives and work, and questions their character, their decisions, and the lives they led.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387765051
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Many readers will recognize Bernstein (Cranks, Quarks & the Cosmos, LJ 1/93) as the noted science essayist for the New Yorker for the past 30 years. He has also contributed essays to Scientific American and The Atlantic Monthly. He wrote A Theory for Everything (Copernicus, 1996) which collected some of his essays as well as Hitler's Uranium Club 2e (Copernicus, 1996) and Secrets of the Old One: Einstein, 1905 (Springer, 2006).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


About the Author v Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Part I Economists
1 Options 3
2 Black-Scholes 9
3 The Rise and Fall of the Quants 15 Part II Scientists
4 Heisenberg in Poland 25
5 The Orion 35
6 Tales from South Africa 43
7 A Nuclear Supermarket 47
8 Ottavio Baldi: The Life and Times of Sir Henry Wotton 57 Part III Linguists
9 The Spencers of Althorp and Sir William Jones: A Love Story 73
10 All That Glitters 87
11 In a Word, "Lions" 107 Part IV Fiction and Stranger than Fiction
12 The Pianist, Fiction and Non-fiction 113
13 Rocket Science 121
14 The Science of Michel Thomas 133
15 Topology 147
16 What the #$*!? 155 Author's Note About "Beating the System" 159 Index 169
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)