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Archimedes to Hawking : laws of science and the great minds behind them

by Pickover, Clifford A.

Format: Print Book 2008
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Archimedes to Hawking takes the reader on a journey across the centuries as it explores the eponymous physical laws--from Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy and Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Hubble's Law of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our everyday lives and our understanding of the universe.
Throughout this fascinating book, Clifford Pickover invites us to share in the amazing adventures of brilliant, quirky, and passionate people after whom these laws are named. These lawgivers turn out to be a fascinating, diverse, and sometimes eccentric group of people. Many were extremely versatile polymaths--human dynamos with a seemingly infinite supply of curiosity and energy and who worked in many different areas in science. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their unusual talents from an early age. Some experienced resistance to their ideas, causing significant personal anguish. Pickover examines more than 40 great laws, providing brief and cogent introductions to the science behind the laws as well as engaging biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. Throughout, he includes fascinating, little-known tidbits relating to the law or lawgiver, and he provides cross-references to other laws or equations mentioned in the book. For several entries, he includes simple numerical examples and solved problems so that readers can have a hands-on understanding of the application of the law.
A sweeping survey of scientific discovery as well as an intriguing portrait gallery of some of the greatest minds in history, this superb volume will engage everyone interested in science and the physical world or in the dazzling creativity of these brilliant thinkers.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Every formula which expresses a law of nature, declared astronomer Maria Mitchell, is a hymn of praise to God. Pickover has here compiled dozens of scientific hymns from Archimedes' law of buoyancy through Hubble's Law of Cosmic Expansion all resounding with the harmony of the cosmos. A rigorous understanding of some of the formulas requires advanced mathematics; however, Pickover explains all of them in language refreshingly accessible to the intelligent nonspecialist. Even Heisenberg's uncertainty principle translates into lucid prose. But the celestial formula-hymns Pickover surveys reflect the labors of mortal researchers whose cross-grained personalities defy simple summary. As Pickover surveys a wide range of personal motives, he focuses particularly on the Christian passions animating Faraday, Volta, and others whose work unleashed the electrical power of the dynamo. In a twenty-first-century dependent upon electrical devices, even secularists may hear a heavenly music in the hum of the generators these pioneers set in motion. An encyclopedic work linking the potent simplicity of scientific laws with the baffling complexity of their human discoverers.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Physical laws -- History.
Science -- Methodology -- History.
Science -- Philosophy -- History.
Scientists -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Oxford University Press,2008
Language English
Description ix, 514 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [501]-503) and index.
ISBN 9780195336115 (acid-free paper)
0195336119 (acid-free paper)
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