Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 19, 2008 - Science - 528 pages
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Archimedes to Hawking takes the reader on a journey across the centuries as it explores the eponymous physical laws--from Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy and Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Hubble's Law of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our everyday lives and our understanding of the universe. Throughout this fascinating book, Clifford Pickover invites us to share in the amazing adventures of brilliant, quirky, and passionate people after whom these laws are named. These lawgivers turn out to be a fascinating, diverse, and sometimes eccentric group of people. Many were extremely versatile polymaths--human dynamos with a seemingly infinite supply of curiosity and energy and who worked in many different areas in science. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their unusual talents from an early age. Some experienced resistance to their ideas, causing significant personal anguish. Pickover examines more than 40 great laws, providing brief and cogent introductions to the science behind the laws as well as engaging biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. Throughout, he includes fascinating, little-known tidbits relating to the law or lawgiver, and he provides cross-references to other laws or equations mentioned in the book. For several entries, he includes simple numerical examples and solved problems so that readers can have a hands-on understanding of the application of the law. A sweeping survey of scientific discovery as well as an intriguing portrait gallery of some of the greatest minds in history, this superb volume will engage everyone interested in science and the physical world or in the dazzling creativity of these brilliant thinkers.
  

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Review: From Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

I'm about half way through the book at this writing. I am a big fan of the layout of this book. The book in whole is a case-by-case synopsis of arguably the 100 most profound scientific laws from ... Read full review

Review: Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them

User Review  - Alain Aguilar - Goodreads

I have read this book many times,and I still love it.A great book to learn something new in science everyday.I find this book to be a great source of knowledge for people who like to learn something new everyday. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION AND BACKDROP
1
250 BC1700 AD
39
17001800
123
18001900
171
1900 AND BEYOND
407
THE GREAT CONTENDERS
454
FINAL COMMENTS ON THE BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS IN SCIENCE
485
References
501
About the Author
505
Index
508
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Clifford A. Pickover is the author of forty books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, religion, medical mysteries, and science fiction. Pickover is a prolific inventor with over forty patents, is the associate editor for several journals, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. He lives outside New York City.

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