Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa

Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa

by Ioan James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816874

ISBN-13: 9780521816878

Pub. Date: 01/26/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The 250 years from the second half of the 17th century saw the birth of modern physics and its growth into one of the most successful of all the sciences. In this book the reader will find the lives of 50 of the most remarkable physicists from that era described in brief biographies. All the individuals profiled have made important contributions to physics, either…  See more details below

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The 250 years from the second half of the 17th century saw the birth of modern physics and its growth into one of the most successful of all the sciences. In this book the reader will find the lives of 50 of the most remarkable physicists from that era described in brief biographies. All the individuals profiled have made important contributions to physics, either through their ideas, through their teaching or in other ways. The emphasis is on their varied life-stories, not on the details of their achievements, but when read in sequence the biographies, which are organised chronologically, convey in human terms something of the way in which physics was created. Scientific and mathematical detail is kept to a minimum, so the reader who is interested in physics, but perhaps lacks the background to follow technical accounts, will find this collection an inviting and easy path through the subject's modern development. Remarkable Physicists is a companion volume to the same author's Remarkable Mathematicians, published in 2002.

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ISBN-13:
9780521816878
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/26/2004
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
1From Galileo to Daniel Bernoulli1
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)1
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)8
Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)16
Isaac Newton (1642-1726)21
Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782)31
2From Franklin to Laplace36
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)36
Roger Joseph Boscovich (1711-1787)47
Henry Cavendish (1731-1810)56
Charles Augustin Coulomb (1736-1806)60
Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827)65
3From Rumford to Oersted74
Sir Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford) (1753-1814)74
Jean-Baptiste Fourier (1768-1830)85
Thomas Young (1773-1829)90
Andre-Marie Ampere (1775-1836)97
Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851)102
4From Ohm to Helmholtz107
Georg Ohm (1789-1854)107
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)112
George Green (1793-1841)119
Joseph Henry (1797-1878)125
Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894)132
5From Kelvin to Boltzmann
William Thomson (Lord Kelvin of Largs) (1824-1907)141
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)150
J. Willard Gibbs (1839-1903)157
John William Strutt (Lord Rayleigh) (1842-1919)163
Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906)168
6From Rontgen to Marie Curie177
Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923)177
Joseph John Thomson (1856-1940)183
Max Planck (1858-1947)192
William Henry Bragg (1862-1942)199
Marie Curie (1867-1934)208
7From Millikan to Einstein221
Robert Millikan (1868-1953)221
Ernest Rutherford (Lord Rutherford) (1871-1937)227
Lise Meitner (1878-1968)234
Otto Hahn (1879-1968)242
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)247
8From Ehrenfest to Schrodinger259
Paul Ehrenfest (1880-1933)259
Max Born (1882-1970)266
Niels Bohr (1885-1962)273
Frederick Lindemann (Lord Cherwell) (1886-1957)284
Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961)295
9From de Broglie to Fermi307
Louis de Broglie (1892-1987)307
Satyendranath Bose (1894-1974)313
Piotr Leonidovich Kapitza (1894-1984)320
Jean-Frederic Joliot (1900-1958)327
Enrico Fermi (1901-1954)335
10From Heisenberg to Yukawa343
Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976)343
Paul Dirac (1902-1984)353
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)359
Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1906-1972)364
Hideki Yukawa (1907-1981)369
Epilogue375
Further Reading379
Collections385
Acknowledgements387

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