"Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein Physics is the science which ties together all others, aiming to explain the nature of the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to vast galaxies and the very nature of space-time. It represents human intellectual endeavour at its most ambitious. The Story of Physics traces the development of physics from the natural philosophers of the ancient world to cutting-edge experiments in quantum mechanics. Topics include: • The nature of matter, which was first theorized as atoms 2,500 years ago • Light and optics – from simple lenses to the waveparticle duality of light • Masses and forces – harnessing energy and mass to work for us • The bizarre subatomic world of quantum mechanics • Our fascination with the stars, which prompted the earliest scientific thought • The universe around us, from the Big Bang to distant galaxiesThe Story of Physics also features the giants of science history, from Archimedes through Newton and Galileo to Curie, Einstein and Hawking.
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About the Author
Anne Rooney received her PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge. She has written numerous books on science, the arts and technology. She lives in Cambridge, England.