The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics

The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics

by Gregory L. Baker, James A. Blackburn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198567545

ISBN-13: 9780198567547

Pub. Date: 08/04/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition, coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are

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The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition, coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are also discussed. Secondly, this book treats the physics of the pendulum within a historical and cultural context, showing, for example, that the pendulum has been intimately connected with studies of the earth's density, the earth's motion, and timekeeping. While primarily a physics book, the work provides significant added value through the use of relevant cultural and historical vignettes. This approach offers an alternative to the usual modern physics courses. The text is amply illustrated and augmented by exercises at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198567547
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/04/2005
Pages:
594
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Pendulums Somewhat Simple
3. Pendulums Less Simple
4. The Foucault Pendulum
5. The Torsion Pendulum
6. The Chaotic Pendulum
7. Coupled Pendulums
8. The Quantum Pendulum
9. Superconductivity and the Pendulum
10. The Pendulum Clock
A. Pendulum Q
B. The Inverted Pendulum
C. The Double Pendulum
D. The Cradle Pendulum
E. The Long Now Clock
F. The Blackburn Pendulum

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