Physics and Philosophy

Physics and Philosophy

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by James Hopwood Jeans, Sir James Jeans, Jeans
     
 

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A noted scientist illuminates the intertwined paths of philosophy and science from Plato to the present, and examines the transition from Newtonian classical mechanics to modern relativistic physics.  See more details below

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A noted scientist illuminates the intertwined paths of philosophy and science from Plato to the present, and examines the transition from Newtonian classical mechanics to modern relativistic physics.

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ISBN-13:
9780486241173
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/01/1981
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,346,901
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Sir James Jeans: Science Made Simple
Sir James Jeans (1877–1946), English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician, made substantial contributions to many areas of science including quantum theory, the theory of radiation, and stellar evolution, but is most remembered today for several elegantly written books on science and its meaning for the general reader. Among these are the classics Physics and Philosophy, published by Dover in 1981, and Science and Music, published by Dover in 1968.

In the Author's Own Words:
"Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars."

"Life exists in the universe only because the carbon atom possesses certain exceptional properties."

"The human race, whose intelligence dates back only a single tick of the astronomical clock, could hardly hope to understand so soon what it all means."

From Physics and Philosophy:
"Science usually advances by a succession of small steps, through a fog in which even the most keen-sighted explorer can seldom see more than a few paces ahead. Occasionally the fog lifts, an eminence is gained, and a wider stretch of territory can be surveyed — sometimes with startling results. A whole science may then seem to undergo a kaleidoscopic rearrangement, fragments of knowledge sometimes being found to fit together in a hitherto unsuspected manner. Sometimes the shock of readjustment may spread to other sciences; sometimes it may divert the whole current of human thought."

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Physics and Philosophy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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sir jeans explains the evolution of physics and the transformation of human thought from the caves of superstition to the mansions of the quantum universe. according to unconcious determanilism, you have no choice. you must read this book. satori enlightenment on every page. brilliant.