Galileo and Einstein
by Michael Fowler
Publisher: UVa 2009
Number of pages: 198
This course traces the historical development of some key scientific ideas: space, time, motion, mass and force. Philosophers, and more practical people, have struggled with these concepts since the earliest recorded times. Their combined efforts have been fruitful: real progress in understanding has evolved over the centuries.
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