Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond
Physics, the Human Adventure is the third edition of the classic text Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Science. Authored by Gerald Holton, the text was a landmark in science education. It was the first modern textbook in physics (or in any other science) to make full and effective use of the history and philosophy of science in presenting for both the general and the science-oriented student an account of the nature of physical science. A second edition, prepared by Stephen G. Brush, brought the book up to date by increasing the coverage of topics in modern physics and by taking account of recent scholarly research in the history of science.
* Theories of vision: does the eye send out rays or receive them?
* Distances in the solar system
* The prediction of the return of Halley's comet and analysis of deviations from Kepler's laws
* Angular momentum conservation and Laplace's nebular hypothesis
* Relation between symmetries and conservation laws: Emmy Noether's theorem
* First estimates of atomic sizes
* Consequences of the indistinguishability of elementary particles of the same kind
* Applications of quantum mechanics to many-particle systems
* Dirac's prediction of anti-matter
* The anthropic principle and other controversial issues on the frontiers of research
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