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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In 1900 the smallest entities discussed by physicists were atoms (the existence of which was still disputed by some) and the recently discovered electrons. Electrons were estimated to have dimensions on the order of 10 15 meters.
It is not necessary to be a poet to appreciate poetry; neither is it necessary to be a physicist to find wondrous beauty in the discoveries of the last century about the physical universe in which we live. But just as the appreciation ...
I believe that physicists have a duty to explain to nonscientists what it is that they actually do. In pursuit of this responsibility, I have tried to keep in mind the dictum of a great Russian physicist Yakov Zeldovich: unless you can ...
The New Age of Physics John M. Charap. EX P L A |N||N G the Universe THE DISCOVERIES MADE BY PHYSICISTS DURING THE LAST HUNDRED years,
THE DISCOVERIES MADE BY PHYSICISTS DURING THE LAST HUNDRED years, and their applications in medicine, industry, and the home, have transformed our lives. We take for granted as everyday necessities what were yesterday only fanciful ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS