Great Experiments in Physics: Firsthand Accounts from Galileo to Einstein

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Courier Corporation, 1959 - Science - 370 pages
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From Galileo's famous experiments in accelerated motion to Einstein's revolutionary theory of relativity, the experiments recorded here trace the evolution of modern physics from its beginnings to the mid-20th century. Brought together for the first time in one volume are important source readings on 25 epochal discoveries that changed man's understanding of the physical world. The accounts, written by the physicists who made them, include:
Issac Newton: The Laws of Motion
Henry Cavendish: The Law of Gravitation
Augustin Fresnel: The Diffraction of Light
Hans Christian Oersted: Elecromagnetism
Heinrich Hertz: Electromagnetic
James Chadwick: The Neutron
Niels Bohr: The Hydrogen Atom,
and 17 more.
Morris H. Shamos, Professor Emeritus of Physics at New York University, has selected and edited the first published accounts of these important experiments, and has also added numerous marginal notes that amplify and clarify the original documents. Moreover, the first 19 experiments can be readily re-created by students in a first-year physics course, making the book ideal for classroom and laboratory work as well as individual reference and study.
Finally, Dr. Shamos has provided revealing biographical sketches of the scientists and illuminating references to the political and cultural milieu in which the discoveries are made. The result is a superbly readable presentation — accessible to the layman — of the crucial theoretical and empirical breakthroughs that altered the course of modern science.

  

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Assigned as a textbook, turned out to be very interesting. Gives a lot of insight into the workings of scientific minds and the methodologies some of the great minds used. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Accelerated Motion
13
Boyles Law Pressurevolume Relations in a Gas
36
The Laws of Motion
42
The Laws of Electric and Magnetic Force
59
The Law of Gravitation
75
The Interference of Light
93
The Diffraction of Light
108
The Mechanical Equivalent of Heat
166
Electromagnetic Waves
184
XRays
198
Natural Radioactivity
210
The Electron
216
The Photoelectric Effect
232
The Elementary Electric Charge
238
Induced Transmutation
250

Electromagnctism
121
Electromagnetic Induction and Laws of Electrolysis
128
Lenzs Law
159
The Neutron
266
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