Physics: Imagination and Reality

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World Scientific, 1991 - Science - 567 pages
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Physics: Imagination and Reality introduces the reader to major ideas and the conceptual structure of modern physics, by tracing its development from the introduction of fields into physics by Faraday and Maxwell in the last century. Because the approach is historical, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the subjects. It should appeal to anyone interested in a basic understanding of the contemporary physicists view of the physical world. It avoids all but the simplest mathematics and presents ideas and concepts in everyday language.Physics: Imagination and Reality attempts to provide educated citizens with an understanding of contemporary physics and, at the same time, shows that its ideas have a grandeur, a challenge to the imagination and an aesthetic appeal which merit its recognition as an integral part of our culture.
 

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Contents

SCIENCE IN THE MODERN
1
FUNDAMENTALS
18
FARADAY MAXWELL
50
viii
58
RELATIVITY THE SPECIAL
71
THE GENERAL THEORY
139
COSMOLOGY
173
THE EVOLUTION OF STARS
203
THE ROAD TO QUANTUM
307
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
336
Light
376
ATOMS MOLECULES
394
Chemistry
410
PARTICLES
421
THE ATOMIC NUCLEUS
434
THE PHYSICS
460

BLACK HOLES
222
BLACK HOLES
232
HEAT
255
Times Arrow
298
THE INFLATIONARY
495
APPENDIX An Informal Dialogue Concerning
511
INDEX
541
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