Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics
Princeton University Press, 05.06.2018 - 226 Seiten
In this fascinating book, John Charap offers a panoramic view of the physicist's world as the twenty-first century opens--a view that is entirely different from the one that greeted the twentieth century. We have learned that the universe is billions of galaxies larger than we imagined--and billions of years older. We know more about how it came to be and what it is. Because of physics, we live in a world of greater danger and more convenience, smaller particles and bigger ideas.
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But those atoms themselves were discovered to have a structure that cannot be properly described or understood without transforming the fundamentals of mechanics as passed on from Galileo and Newton. The invention of this new ...
Another transformation from the classical worldview inherited from Newton and his rich and fruitful legacy was that wrought by Einstein in his theories of relativity, both special and general. Space and time, respectively the passive ...
... to extend Newton's theory of gravity to the extreme conditions of black holes and the grand scale of the universe as a whole. What we now need is a quantum theory of gravity in order to describe the earliest moments after the big ...
Among those who held the chair before him were Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Babbage; and of those who came after him, Paul Dirac and Stephen Hawking. ( Emilio Segr`e Visual Archives, The American Institute of Physics) Larmor went on to ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS