50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

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Penguin Group, 2007 - Physics - 208 pages
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We encounter physics before we've even left the house in the morning; an alarm clock tracks time, a mirror reflects light waves and our mobile phones rely on satellites held in their orbit by gravity.

Where would we be without the Bernoulli equation to explain how planes fly, electromagnetic waves enabling us to communicate around the world or the discovery of X-rays? In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Joanne Baker will uncover the physics all around us, from basic concepts like gravity, light and energy through to the complexities of quantum theory, chaos and dark energy.

Featuring short biographies of iconic physicists, explanatory diagrams and timelines showing discoveries within their historical context, this book is the perfect guide to the fundamental concepts of physics, making even the most challenging theories easy to understand.

Contents include: Newton's law of gravitation, Brownian motion, Chaos theory, Fleming's right hand rule, Planck's law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's cat, Superconductivity, Rutherford's atom, Nuclear fission and fusion, The God particle, String theory, Special and general relativity, The big bang and the Anthropic principle.

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User Review  - Laine-Cunningham - LibraryThing

Great reference book for basic ideas. A nice addition was the use of sidebars; most were personal details about the different scientists whose ideas were discussed in each section. I didn't understand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ghostlove - LibraryThing

As an aspiring physics geek I've found this book to be an excellent introduction to most of the key theories in physics. The author does 'dumb down' some of the ideas but as a stepping-stone to further research and self-education this is an admirable text. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Joanne Baker studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and took her PhD at the University of Sydney in 1995. She is a physical science editor at Science magazine, where her speciality is space and earth science.

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