Instant Physics: From Aristotle to Einstein, and Beyond

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Fawcett Columbine, 1995 - Reference - 242 pages
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For all of you who break out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics, or freeze up at the mention of quantum mechanics, like a bolt from the blue, INSTANT PHYSICS will zap you through the fascinating history of our most basic, yet baffling, science.
From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated arguments behind the big bang theory, INSTANT PHYSICS answers all the heavy questions with a light touch. You'll learn:
* How the Greek philosophers used the sledgehammer of mathematics to break apart the mysteries of the physical universe.
* Why gravity is a "romantic" force.
* How to tell the difference between a gluon, a meson, and a quark, even if you can't see them.
INSTANT PHYSICS is crammed with special features, including chapter summaries, who's who lists, biographical and historical tidbits, and a host of illustrations, photos, equations, diagrams, and drawings.

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User Review  - rpbell - LibraryThing

Perhaps it is my interest and background on the periphery of physics, but I personally think Rothman's use of analogy, while intended to make the subject easier, actually disguises some of the glory ... Read full review

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Absolutely perfect for high schoolers.



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