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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The New Age of Physics John M. Charap. AS THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY DAWNED, IT SEEMED TO ME TO BE a good time to reflect on the state of physics. ... quantum mechanics and relativity—were to make us revise what we. Preface.
quantum mechanics and relativity—were to make us revise what we presently accept as the foundations of physics, it would not mean that all of our present understanding would have to be abandoned and negated. Newtonian physics has been ...
The New Age of Physics John M. Charap. the newspaper may be harmless fun ... In that year, the profound discoveries that led to quantum mechanics and to the theory of relativity lay just below the horizon. What was surely unimagined was ...
Fortunately, for this purpose, the dawn of modern physics can be justifiably pinpointed to the year 1900, when Max Planck introduced the law that was to lead to quantum mechanics. A conservative rather than a revolutionary, ...
The invention of this new mechanics—quantum mechanics, the subject of chapter 4—was just one of the revolutionary “paradigm shifts” to punctuate the advance of physics in the twentieth century. The quantum mechanics that is needed to ...
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11 IN THE BEGINNING
12 DOWN TO EARTH
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names
9 WEIGHTY MATTERS