The Story of Physics

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The authors discuss the history of physical science, from the ancient Greeks until modern times.

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Our increasing understanding of the universe is detailed in this inspiring story of the evolution of physics, the most basic science. Motz and Weaver (coauthors of The Concepts of Science ) range over the mathematics and meta physical speculations of the ancient Greeks through Newton's laws of motion and his theory of universal gravitation to the latest in quantum mechanics and cosmological theories. The book intertwines the lives of scientists with details of their discoveries. For example, we read about Newton's education at Cambridge, the two astonishing years (1665 and 1666) when he made all of his major discoveries and his subsequent career as president of the Royal Society and Master of the Mint. In the context of Newton's life, the authors precisely define the term "law of nature" and explain the importance of the calculus. The growing unity and completeness of physics is illustrated through the lives of major physicists and their work, including James Clerk Maxwell's unification of electricity and magnetism; Max Planck's discovery of the quantum of action; Einstein's theory of relativity; Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. The book is a feast for the intellect.
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Authors of the scholarly Concepts of Science: From Newton to Einstein ( LJ 5/15/88), and numerous other books and articles, Motz--professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University--and Ph.D. candidate Weaver tell a tale that dates back 2000 years and yet is as current as tomorrow's experiment. Theirs is "not a history but rather a story of the continuity of ideas, observations, speculations, and syntheses that constitute the body of knowledge we now call physics."-- MR
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