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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... his discovery was of profound importance.1 As the nineteenth century ended, other seminal discoveries—of the electron and of radioactivity, for example—were made that were also to mark the end of what we now call classical physics.
The invention of this new mechanics—quantum mechanics, the subject of chapter 4—was just one of the revolutionary ... and discontinuities of chaotic systems need a fresh approach, more holistic than that of classical mechanics.
Space and time, respectively the passive arena and ordering principle of classical physics, were unified by the special theory into a spacetime stripped of any absolute landmarks or preferred frame of reference.
The New Age of Physics John M. Charap ... We have had to recast the elegant simplicities of classical physics, but they are still the enduring framework and foundation for the physics of the twenty-first century, and they still provide ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS