2012, English, Book edition: From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves [electronic resource] : Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries. Segr e, Emilio.

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From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves : Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries
 
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  • 1 online resource (536 p.)
Published
  • Newburyport : Dover Publications, 2012.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves : Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries.
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Author
  • Segr e, Emilio.
Published
  • Newburyport : Dover Publications, 2012.
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  • [electronic resource]
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  • text
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  • online resource
Physical Description
  • 1 online resource (536 p.)
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Summary
  • Meet a diverse group of highly original thinkers and learn about their lives and achievements: Galileo, a founding father of astronomy and physics; Christiaan Huygens, a seventeenth-century pioneer of wave-particle duality; and Isaac Newton, the English mathematician and physicist who laid the groundwork for a scientific revolution and promoted radical investigation as the means to reveal nature's hidden workings.This chronicle of physics and physicists traces the development of scientific thought from these originators to their successors, among them Faraday, Watts, Helmholtz, Maxwell, Boltzmann, and Gibbs. Combining his own engaging style with the physicists' original writings, the author illustrates the evolution of individual physical ideas, as well as their roles in the wider field.A student and colleague of Enrico Fermi, Emilio Segrè (1905-89) made numerous important contributions to nuclear physics, including his participation in the Manhattan Project. A Nobel laureate, Segrè is further renowned for his narrative skills as an historian. Hailed by the Journal of the History of Astronomy as "charming and witty," this book is a companion to the author's From X-Rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries, also available from Dover Publications.
Contents
  • Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; A Whimsical Prelude; Chapter 1 - The Founding Fathers: Galileo and Huygens; Pisa: Preparation; Padua: Marvels of the Skies; Florence: Glory and Downfall; Huygens: A Transition Figure; Chapter 2 - The Magic Mountain: Newton; A Complex, Mysterious Personality; Revelations to the Cambridge Student; Lucasian Professor: Light Decomposed; The Principia and the Fabric of the Universe; Past the Prime of His Age for Invention; Science Abandoned: Warden of the Mint and the Darker Side; Chapter 3 - What Is Light?
  • Newton's Heirs: Mathematics and NatureThe Mathematicians; The Physicists; Light Is Waves: Thomas Young, A Universal Talent; The French Scientific Nurseries; Fresnel's Perfection; The Messages of the Spectra: Fraunhofer, Bunsen, and Kirchhoff; Chapter 4 - Electricity: From Thunder to Motors and Waves; The Difficult Conquest of Electrostatics and Magnetism; Help from the Frogs: Galvani and Volta and "The Most Marvelous Instrument Invented by Mankind"; Electromagnetism: The Current and the Needle-Oersted and Ampère.
  • A Fresh Look and a Powerful Imagination: Faraday-From Bookbinder to Prince of Science and Experimenter SupremeInfallible in Physics: Maxwell; A Bridge to Modern Physics: H. A. Lorentz; Chapter 5 - Heat: Substance, Vibration, and Motion; Between Chemistry and Physics: The Properties of Gases; Patriotism, Engineering, and Genius: Carnot and His Prophet William Thomson; The Solid Fortress, Thermodynamics: Conservation of Energy-Mayer, Joule, and Helmholtz; Thermodynamics Perfected: Rudolf Clausius; Chapter 6 - Kinetic Theory: The Beginning of the Unraveling of the Structure of Matter.
  • Unfortunate PrecursorsAgain, Clausius and Maxwell; Ludwig Boltzmann; Statistics and Probability Enter Physics; Real Gases, as Found in Nature; Van der Waals's Marvelous Equation; The Yankee Physicist Gibbs; Conclusions; Appendix 1 - Newton's Mathematical Principles (Section II): The Determination of Centripetal Forces; Appendix 2 - Newton's Mathematical Principles (Section III): The Motion of Bodies in Eccentric Conic Sections; Appendix 3 - Kepler's Laws in Modern Standard Derivation; Appendix 4 - Kirchhoff's Law on Heat Exchange; Appendix 5 - The Arguments of the "Newton of Electricity"
  • Appendix 6 - The Measurement of the Ratio of Electrostatic to Electromagnetic Units of Charge and the Velocity of LightAppendix 7 - Plane Waves from Maxwell's Equations; Appendix 8 - The Influence of Pressure on the Melting Point of Ice; Appendix 9 - The Absolute Scale of Temperature and the Gas Thermometer; Appendix 10 - Maxwell's Distribution of Velocities of Molecules in His Own Words; Appendix 11 - Boltzmann's Epitaph; Appendix 12 - The Essentials of Boltzmann's H-theorem; Appendix 13 - Dilemmas Posed by the Equipartition of Energy.
  • Appendix 14 - The Marvelous Equation of van der Walls and Clausius' Virial Theorem.
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  • Print version 9781306348843
  • Print version Segrè, Emilio From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves : Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries Newburyport : Dover Publications,c2012 9780486458083.
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 1306348846 (ebk)
  • 9781306348843 (ebk)
  • 0486136825
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Dewey Number
  • 530.09
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