Physics for the Rest of Us: Ten Basic Ideas of Twentieth-Century Physics That Everyone Should Know...and How They Shaped Our Culture and Consciousness

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Ten basic ideas of 20th-century physics that everyone should know... and how they have shaped our culture and consciousness.

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An introduction to basic concepts of modern physics and their relation to everyday life. Nov.
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From the technologies we use everyday and take for granted to the theories that touch our deepest beliefs about the universe, the developments of 20th century physics have had significant, if not monumental, impact on our contemporary lives. This book provides a very readable chronicle of 10 basic ideas of the last 100 years that have shaped our culture and consciousness--10 ideas that everyone should be more knowledgeable about. The author examines such concepts as relatively, quantum theory, evolution, and the structure of the atomic nucleus, as well as how these ideas have changed our existence and perceptions about the universe. Lively, intelligent reading for everyone, from the lay person to those in the field. "Straightforward and highly engaging..." -- The Book Report.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809237166
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    Science has no dogma?

    I am surprised that a previous reviewer says that a difference between religion and science is that 'science has no dogma.' Scientists of previous centuries and the uninformed modern populace may indeed think so, but many scientists today willingly acknowledge that science is tentative and the conclusions are often, not just influenced, but determined by the presuppositions of the scientist. Jones attempts to remind his readers about this. The previous reviewer may disagree with this accessment of science, but he has not interacted with Jones' point, but simply reasserted the contrary. Jones does give reasons for saying that we should not make science into an idol, and be self-deceived into thinking that it is the answer to everything. Those who disagree should give reasons for doing so, instead of just saying it cannot be so.

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