The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

by Robert P. Crease

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The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg by Robert P. Crease

"Any reader who aspires to be scientifically literate will find this a good starting place." —Publishers WeeklyWhile we may be familiar with some of science’s greatest equations, we may not know that each and every equation emerged not in "Eureka!" moments but in years of cultural developments and scientific knowledge. With vignettes full of humor, drama, and eccentricity, philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease shares the stories behind ten of history’s greatest equations, from the "first equation," 1 + 1 = 2, which promises a rational, well-ordered world, to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, which reveals the limitations of human knowledge. For every equation, Crease provides a brief account of who discovered it, what dissatisfactions lay behind its discovery, and what the equation says about the nature of our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393062045
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/19/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert P. Crease writes the "Critical Point" column in Physics World and is a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University. His books include The Great Equations and World in the Balance.

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Dick Teresi

More than just a celebration of the great equations . . . [Crease] shows how an equation not only affects science and math but also transforms the thinking of all people.

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