A Theory for Everything / Edition 1

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"...heartily recommended as being as fine an example as one can hope to find of expository writing on science. The profiles of the giants of modern science, not to mention the wonderful accounts of earlier titans of physics, certainly make the book a best-buy on the popular science shelf." -NEW SCIENTIST
"an eclectic collection of essays...a well written work, as one expect(s) from a writer of Bernsteins caliber; recommended..." -LIBRARY JOURNAL

One of the best-known essayists on science, physicist Jeremy Bernstein, here presents his latest collection of work. Drawn from over ten years of writing for magazines such as The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and Scientific American, these essays provide illuminating accounts of the lives of this century's most important scientists and the value of their work.

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Library Journal
Many readers will recognize Bernstein (Cranks, Quarks & the Cosmos, LJ 1/93) as the noted science essayist for the New Yorker for the past 30 years. This is an eclectic collection of 17 essays focusing 20th-century physics and physicists, nearly all of which have previously appeared in either the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, or Scientific American. Each essay is updated with either an introduction or postscript rather than a general preface, and the last four are humorous fictional accounts of academic life much in the vein of David Lodge's Small World (Warner, 1991). A well written work, as one expect from a writer of Bernstein's caliber; recommended for public libraries.James Olson, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387947006
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/29/1996
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,434,831
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A Theory for Everything 1
Newton's Apple and Einstein's Elevator 3
Einstein's Scientific Legacy 21
Bohr 49
The Drawing 63
A Brief History of Black Holes 83
Madame Curie 99
Segre 131
Linus Pauling 153
Fused 169
Smuggler 181
Language 205
Julian Schwinger 239
Leptons 255
Bubble and Squeak 263
The Philosophy Circle 281
Portrait of Bleibermacher 293
The Faculty Meeting 305
Index 315
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