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Galileo and Einstein
by Michael Fowler - UVa , 2009
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 ...
Geometry and Astronomy: Pre-Einstein Speculations of Non-Euclidean Space
by Helge Kragh - arXiv , 2012
The recognition that physical space is curved is dramatically shown by the 1919 solar eclipse measurements. However, the mathematical possibility of non-Euclidean geometries was recognized by Gauss more than a century earlier ...
by Andrew Gray - J. M. Dent & Co. , 1908
The aim of the volume is to give an account of Lord Kelvin's life of scientific activity, and to explain to the student, and to the general reader who takes an interest in physical science and its applications, the nature of his discoveries.
Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics
by Max Planck - Columbia University Press , 1915
Landmark lectures (1909) by discoverer of quantum theory present revolutionary developments occasioned by application of quantum hypothesis to blackbody radiation. Also, how statistical mechanics transformed understanding of chemical physics.
String Theory: a perspective over the last 25 years
by Sunil Mukhi - arXiv , 2011
This text provides some historical background and then reviews developments in string theory over the last twenty-five years. Both perturbative and non-perturbative approaches are surveyed and their impact on how we view quantum gravity is analysed.
Preludes to Dark Energy: Zero-point energy and vacuum speculations
by Helge Kragh - arXiv , 2011
Although dark energy is a modern concept, some elements in it can be traced back to the early part of the twentieth century. This paper examines the origin of the idea of zero-point energy and in particular how it appeared in a cosmological context.
Elements of Early Modern Physics
by J. L. Heilbron - University of California Press , 1982
Part 1 is a very general and discursive survey of 17th century physics; Part 2 is a valuable comparison of the various institutional settings in which 17th and 18th century scientists worked; Part 3 is a history of electricity up to about 1800.
Quantum Theory at the Crossroads
by Guido Bacciagaluppi, Antony Valentini - Cambridge University Press , 2009
1927 Solvay conference reconsidered. Contrary to folklore, the interpretation question was not settled at this conference and no consensus was reached; instead, a range of sharply conflicting views were presented and extensively discussed.
Lawrence and His Laboratory: A History of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
by J. L. Heilbron, Robert W. Seidel - University of California Press , 1989
The Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California, was the birthplace of particle accelerators, radioisotopes, and modern big science. This volume is a saga of physics and finance in the Great Depression, when a new kind of science was born.
From c-Numbers to q-Numbers
by Olivier Darrigol - University of California Press , 1993
A mathematically precise history of quantum mechanics. This history is a maze of conceptual problems, through which Olivier Darrigol provides a lucid and learned guide, tracking the role of formal analogies between classical and quantum theory.
Lawrence and the Cyclotron
by Peter Westwick - American Institute of Physics , 2009
As he built machines to study subatomic particles, Ernest Lawrence created modern Big Science. After helping make the first atomic bombs, he became a leader of Cold War science. His biography is illustrated with pictures, explanations and a song.
Albert Einstein: Image and Impact
- American Institute of Physics , 2004
His theories and philosophy rose above a turbulent life. The story, checked for accuracy by leading historians, will interest all readers. Enhanced with striking pictures, voice clips, and essays, this is a one-stop source for Einstein information.