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A Universe of Atoms, An Atom in the Universe / Edition 2

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Overview

The essays in this book are based on researches the author has undertaken on a wide range of topics, some using equipment no more elaborate than what is found in an ordinary kitchen, others making elegant use of sophisticated experimental apparatus. Presenting a personal odyssey in physics, Mark Silverman investigates processes that seem to violate fundamental physical laws (but do not), or for which no visualizable mechanism can be given, or that appear to be well understood but turn out to be subtly devious. Written in an engagingly personal style, the essays will be of interest to students of physics and related disciplines as well as to professional scientists. Though they deal with subtle concepts, the discussions use little mathematics, and anyone with some college physics will be able to read the book with pleasure.
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"Mark Silverman has written a collection of very wide ranging essays for a very specialized audience. The title does justice to the breadth of topics, which range from physics toys to radioactive statistics, from planetary atoms to dark matter and the fate of the Universe. … the book has something for everyone … ." (Dr. B. Sauer, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 45 (6), 2005)

"This book is the second, revised and enlarged, edition of Silverman’s ‘And Yet it Moves’. … This book is a real tour de force in that it presents, without unnecessary mathematical equations, a journey into many fields of both classical and modern physics. … Undergraduate, graduate, and even post-graduate students will enjoy this book of beautifully written essays. I warmly recommend this book." (André Hautot, Physicalia, Vol. 26 (1), 2004)

"This collection of essays is the second edition of the And Yet It Moves, updated and enlarged by several additional chapters. … the best choice is advanced level students and the general research and teaching readership in physics and related fields. Those interested in the epistemology of science … will find a lot of points helpful in clarifying and systematizing. … The book is well written … . Each chapter ends with references, and the book concludes with the relevant bibliographies and index of authors." (Petar V. Grujic, Europhysics News, Vol. 36 (2), March/April, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387954370
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Fire Within 1
Ch. 1 The Wirbelrohr's Roar 7
Ch. 2 Musical Bottles, Flying Balloons, and Hot Stoves: The Uncommon Physics of Common Things 30
Ch. 3 The Unimaginably Strange Behavior of Free Electrons 63
Ch. 4 Quantum Beats and Giant Atoms 127
Ch. 5 And Yet It Moves: Exotic Atoms and the Invariance of Charge 181
Ch. 6 Reflections on Light 203
Ch. 7 Two Worlds, Large and Small: Earth and Atom 245
Ch. 8 Computers, Coins, and Quanta: Unexpected Outcomes of Random Events 279
Ch. 9 A Universe of Atoms: Symmetry, Unity, Gravity, and the Problem of "Missing Mass" 325
Ch. 10 Science and Wonder 386
Selected Papers by the Author 396
About the Author 409
Index 411
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