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Great Ideas in Physics / Edition 3

Great Ideas in Physics / Edition 3

by Alan P. Lightman


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ISBN-13: 2900071357387
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: REV
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Alan Lightman, Ph.D., currently Senior Lecturer in Physics at M.I.T., received the Association of American Publishers Award for the best book in physical science for Origins. His writing appears in the Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Einstein's Dreams and Good Benito.

Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Conservation of Energy.

Chapter II: The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Chapter III: The Relativity of Time.

Chapter IV: The Wave-Particle Duality of Nature.
A: A Review of Some Basic Mathematics.
B: Problems and Discussion Questions.
C: Laboratory.

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Great Ideas in Physics 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Much of the physics is not all that well described. If you already know the science, you will be OK, otherwise, you may be in a little trouble. The links to greater society, which was supposed to be a selling point, is the weakest part of the book. Just because a novel or two mentions entropy does not mean (contrary to what the book implies) that the second law of thermodynamics had a significant impact on society. Lacks punch. Not a good read on the whole.