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Let There Be Light

Author : Ann Breslin
ISBN : 9781848167605
Genre : Electromagnetic waves
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This book is the first of its kind devoted to the key role played by light and electromagnetic radiation in the universe. Readers are introduced to philosophical hypotheses such as the economy, symmetry and the universality of natural laws, and are then guided to practical consequences such as the rules of geometrical optics and even Einstein''s well-known but mysterious relationship, E = mc2. Most chapters feature a pen picture of the life and character of a relevant scientific figure. These OCyHistorical InterludesOCO include, among others, Galileo''s conflicts with the Inquisition, Fourier''s taunting of the guillotine, Neils Bohr and World War II, and the unique character of Richard Feynman.The second edition has been revised and made more accessible to the general reader. Whenever possible, the mathematical material of the first edition has been replaced by appropriate text to give a verbal account of the mystery of the phenomenon of light and how its understanding has developed from pre-historic to present times. The emphasis is on reading for interest and enjoyment; formulae or equations which underpin and reinforce the argument are presented in a form which does not interfere with the flow of the text.The book will be of interest to students and teachers, as well as general readers interested in physics.

Let There Be Light

Author : Ann Breslin
ISBN : 9781908979544
Genre : Science
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This book is the first of its kind devoted to the key role played by light and electromagnetic radiation in the universe. Readers are introduced to philosophical hypotheses such as the economy, symmetry and the universality of natural laws, and are then guided to practical consequences such as the rules of geometrical optics and even Einstein's well-known but mysterious relationship, E = mc2. Most chapters feature a pen picture of the life and character of a relevant scientific figure. These ‘Historical Interludes’ include, among others, Galileo's conflicts with the Inquisition, Fourier's taunting of the guillotine, Neils Bohr and World War II, and the unique character of Richard Feynman. The second edition has been revised and made more accessible to the general reader. Whenever possible, the mathematical material of the first edition has been replaced by appropriate text to give a verbal account of the mystery of the phenomenon of light and how its understanding has developed from pre-historic to present times. The emphasis is on reading for interest and enjoyment; formulae or equations which underpin and reinforce the argument are presented in a form which does not interfere with the flow of the text. The book will be of interest to students and teachers, as well as general readers interested in physics. Contents:Introducing LightLight as a Ray: ReflectionLight as a Ray: RefractionLight from Afar — AstronomyLight from the Past — AstrophysicsIntroducing WavesSound WavesLight as a WaveMaking ImagesThere was Electricity, There was Magnetism, and Then There was Light …'Atoms of Light' — The Birth of Quantum TheoryThe Development of Quantum MechanicsAtoms of Light Acting as ParticlesAtoms of Light Behaving as WavesRelativity — Part 1: How It BeganRelativity — Part 2: Verifiable PredictionsThe Road to 'Heavy Light' Readership: Science students at undergraduate university level, lecturers of undergraduate and pre-university courses, graduates in physics and related sciences, and general readers. Keywords:Light;Waves;Quanta;Electromagnetism;Relativity;Photons;Elementary Particles;Interference;Diffraction;Astrophysics;Einstein;Maxwell;Feynman;Nobel PrizeKey Features:Fascinating and illuminating description of the concepts and phenomena of lightNumerous diagrams, photos, cartoonsWritten in a jargon-free, conversational styleReviews: “The book has a pleasant and light narrative flow, with excellent illustrations, photos, and occasional well-chosen ‘historical interludes’. Topics are, nevertheless, treated with a good degree of rigour … This may be the book that affords the struggling student a glimpse of the beauty that makes the serious study of physics so worthwhile.” (see full review) Professor Frank Imbusch National University of Ireland “Compared to the first edition, the mathematics demands have been reduced, and the last chapter has been expanded to include the potential detection of the Higgs boson in 2012. Historical interludes continue to be distinct from the main development, and the illustrations provide charming entertainment. The revisions make the main text, already instructive and well developed, more accessible and engaging to general audiences.”CHOICE

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Worlds Without End

Author : Mary-Jane Rubenstein
ISBN : 9780231527422
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"Multiverse" cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as a scientific hypothesis—with different models emerging from cosmology, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, Mary-Jane Rubenstein links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature's constants are so delicately calibrated that it seems they have been set just right to allow life to emerge. For some thinkers, these "fine-tunings" are evidence of the existence of God; for others, however, and for most physicists, "God" is an insufficient scientific explanation. Hence the allure of the multiverse: if all possible worlds exist somewhere, then like monkeys hammering out Shakespeare, one universe is bound to be suitable for life. Of course, this hypothesis replaces God with an equally baffling article of faith: the existence of universes beyond, before, or after our own, eternally generated yet forever inaccessible to observation or experiment. In their very efforts to sidestep metaphysics, theoretical physicists propose multiverse scenarios that collide with it and even produce counter-theological narratives. Far from invalidating multiverse hypotheses, Rubenstein argues, this interdisciplinary collision actually secures their scientific viability. We may therefore be witnessing a radical reconfiguration of physics, philosophy, and religion in the modern turn to the multiverse.

The Defender

Author : Gerald Burton Winrod
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