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A readable layman's history of crucial themes in physics, covering Copernican astronomy, Newtonian mechanics, energy and entropy, relativity, conservation principles, and symmetries.
Dominant Themes in Physics.
Science and Other Areas of Human Endeavor: Distinctions and Similarities.
Early Scientific Stirrings in the Mediterranean Area.
Geocentric Theory of the Universe.
The Heliocentric Theory: Revival by Copernicus.
New Data and a New Theory.
NEWTONIAN MECHANICS AND CAUSALITY.
Logic, Mathematics, and Science.
THE ENERGY CONCEPT.
Interactions and Conservation Laws.
Heat and Motion.
ENTROPY AND PROBABILITY.
Heat and Temperature.
The Natural Flow of Heat.
Transformation of Heat Energy into Other Forms of Energy.
The Third Law of Thermodynamics.
Attempts to Detect the Ether.
General Theory of Relativity.
QUANTUM THEORY AND THE END OF CAUSALITY.
Cavity of Blackbody Radiation.
The Nuclear Atom and Atomic Spectra.
The Use of Models in Describing Nature.
The Impact of Quantum Theory on Philosophy and Literature.
CONSERVATION PRINCIPLES AND SYMMETRIES.
The Nuclear Force and Nuclear Structure.
Conservation Laws and Symmetries.