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Unifying the Universe: The Physics of Heaven and Earth provides a solid background in basic physics. With a humanistic perspective, it shows how science is significant for more than its technological consequences. The book includes clear and well-planned links to the arts and philosophies of relevant historical periods to bring science and the humanities together.
PART 1: THE EARTH
The Shapes of Nature: Beginnings of Scientific Thought
Matter in Motion-An Elementary Quest: Beyond Reason and Observation
Science Lost, Science Regained: The Rise of Empiricism
Terrestrial Motion: Dynamic Symmetries
PART 2: THE HEAVENS
Celestial Motion: A Heavenly Romance with the Solar System
Spherical Models: Scaling the Cosmos
Reformation and Revolution: Changing Perspectives
Laws of Motion in the Heavens: Opening New Doors through Precision
A New Heaven: A Wide-Open Universe
PART 3: SYNTHESIS
Rise of the Mechanical Universe: Unifying Space and Time
Universal Gravitation: The First Synthesis
Epilogue: Unity in Physics
Chapter End Notes
Sources and Bibliography
Posted June 8, 2003
It is a unique and unforgettable synthesis of scholarly and lucid teachings in physics with an absorbing and insightful history of the times during which scientific discoveries concerning the laws of physics were actually made. Throughout the book, the author¿s passion, scholarship and enthusiasm shine like a bouquet of quasars in the sky. He shows extraordinary power in putting things together and wields his pen like a man seized, nay, possessed with great ideas which simply must be articulated as tellingly as possible. Please do get hold of this book for a unique experience in an insightful understanding of the processes of understanding nature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2003
Unifying the Universe is a 'tour de force'. Maestro Padamsee has orchestrated a most interesting adventure in time, blending science, history and the arts in revealing man's endless search for the truth.Complex scientific material is clearly explained using a bare minimum of mathematics.The book would provide a foundation for the non-scientist to help them appreciate the complex world in which they live.It is also a fun read for those versed in science.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2003
(1) '...a masterful synthesis of humanity's long search to understand the deep workings of the universe. Richly illustrated and expertly told, you want to read this book slowly to savor our species' bold and creative attempts to understand our place in the cosmos.' Brian Greene, Columbia University, author of The Elegant Universe. (2) '...a beautiful discussion of the progression of our understanding of the physical world and universe.' David Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics, CornellWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.