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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition Lowest new price: $125.23
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Author: Richard P. Feynman
Brand: Basic Books

The legendary introduction to physics from the subject's greatest teacher

"The whole thing was basically an experiment," Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning a book that has remained a definitive introduction to physics for decades. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Now, we are reintroducing the printed books to the trade, fully corrected, for the first time ever, and in collaboration with Caltech. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Feynman.


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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity Lowest new price: $6.00
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Author: Carlo Rovelli

“The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking.” The Times Magazine

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and the forthcoming The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.

What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

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Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray Lowest new price: $19.49
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Author: Sabine Hossenfelder

A contrarian argues that modern physicists' obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.

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Gravitation Lowest new price: $48.79
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Author: Charles W. Misner

First published in 1973, Gravitation is a landmark graduate-level textbook that presents Einstein’s general theory of relativity and offers a rigorous, full-year course on the physics of gravitation. Upon publication, Science called it “a pedagogic masterpiece,” and it has since become a classic, considered essential reading for every serious student and researcher in the field of relativity. This authoritative text has shaped the research of generations of physicists and astronomers, and the book continues to influence the way experts think about the subject.

With an emphasis on geometric interpretation, this masterful and comprehensive book introduces the theory of relativity; describes physical applications, from stars to black holes and gravitational waves; and portrays the field’s frontiers. The book also offers a unique, alternating, two-track pathway through the subject. Material focusing on basic physical ideas is designated as Track 1 and formulates an appropriate one-semester graduate-level course. The remaining Track 2 material provides a wealth of advanced topics instructors can draw on for a two-semester course, with Track 1 sections serving as prerequisites.

This must-have reference for students and scholars of relativity includes a new preface by David Kaiser, reflecting on the history of the book’s publication and reception, and a new introduction by Charles Misner and Kip Thorne, discussing exciting developments in the field since the book’s original publication.

  • The book teaches students to:
  • Grasp the laws of physics in flat and curved spacetime
  • Predict orders of magnitude
  • Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry
  • Understand Einstein's geometric framework for physics
  • Explore applications, including neutron stars, Schwarzschild and Kerr black holes, gravitational collapse, gravitational waves, cosmology, and so much more

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Baby Loves Gravity! (Baby Loves Science)

Baby Loves Gravity! (Baby Loves Science) Lowest new price: $5.85
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Author: Ruth Spiro

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

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Introduction to Black Hole Astrophysics (Lecture Notes in Physics)

Introduction to Black Hole Astrophysics (Lecture Notes in Physics) Lowest new price: $75.38
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Author: Gustavo E. E. Romero

This book is based on the lecture notes of a one-semester course on black hole astrophysics given  by the author and is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in astrophysics.

The material included goes beyond that found in classic textbooks and presents details on astrophysical manifestations of black holes. In particular, jet physics and detailed accounts of objects like microquasars, active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, and ultra-luminous X-ray sources are covered, as well as advanced topics like black holes in alternative theories of gravity.

The author avoids unnecessary technicalities and to some degree the book is self-contained. The reader will find some basic general relativity tools in Chapter 1. The appendices provide some additional mathematical details that will be useful for further study, and a guide to the bibliography on the subject.

Introduction to Gravity Strings: The Simpler and More Accurate Understanding of Gravity (Physics for the Next Millennium) (Volume 1)

Introduction to Gravity Strings: The Simpler and More Accurate Understanding of Gravity (Physics for the Next Millennium) (Volume 1) Lowest new price: $51.78
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Author: Mark Fennell

For the first time in history, the physical nature of gravity is truly understood. For centuries people have asked “what exactly is gravity?” Today we have an answer. This elegant and simple model will be presented in this book. All concepts are explained in simple language, with intuitive analogies, and several illustrations. This model has been taught successfully to high school students and adults from various nations, as well as many other curious individuals. Gravity has been measured and calculated, but to state what gravity is as a physical entity, has perplexed scientists for generations. Until now. For the first time anywhere you will read the solutions regarding the true nature of gravity. In this book we explain the physical properties and physical processes of gravity. These physical descriptions work for all situations involving gravity, without any limits. It is also very easy to understand, and very easy to use. This model is more than just a useful tool, it is in fact the very real, very physical entity which “is” gravity. This understanding of gravity will become the foundation for all studies related to gravity in the future. The Gravity Strings model can explain all aspects of gravity, and do things which no other model of gravity can do. Some of these include: 1. The Gravity Strings Model can explain all known characteristics of gravity. These characteristics include: gravitational effects over long distances; weakest of known energies; correlation between mass and gravitational energy; mechanism of mutual gravitational pull; potential versus kinetic gravitational energy; rate of gravitational pull; and the cause of gravitational acceleration. 2. The Gravity Strings Model works at all scales, from quantum to galaxies. (No other model of gravity can claim this). 3. The Gravity Strings Model has been tested in numerous situations involving gravity, and has proved 100% successful in every situation. 4. The Gravity Strings Model can explain all measurements and calculations of gravity, in any location. 5. The Gravity Strings Model co-exists easily with Newtonian equations of gravity. 6. The Gravity Strings Model can easily explain orbits, black holes, and gravitational bending of light. (And this model can explain these processes much more easily than General Relativity). 7. The Gravity Strings Model explains numerous processes involving electromagnetic energy and atomic structure. 8. The Gravity Strings Model allows gravitational energy to be merged with electric and magnetic energy. This has never been done successfully before. 9. The Gravity Strings Model can lead us to a successful Unified Field Theory. (I have already developed such a Unified Field Theory). 10. The Gravity Strings Model is easy to understand and easy to use. The model is far more intuitive to understand and easier to work with than any other model of gravity. 11. The Gravity Strings Model is simple and elegant. These are features which most prominent scientists agree make for the best and most convincing support for a theory. Therefore, because this model is so simple, so elegant, and is able to explain every situation regarding gravity, this model will certainly be seen as correct physical understanding of gravitational energy. Many eminent scientists have stated that of all models proposed for any phenomenon, the model which is the simplest, the most elegant, and at the same time explains the most observations is most likely to be the correct model. The new model of Gravity Strings is such a model. Topics in Book 1. Energy Strings and Gravity Strings 2. Physical Structure of Gravity Strings 3. Basic Processes of Gravity Strings 4. Lengths and Densities of Gravity Strings 5. Linking Gravity Strings 6. Mutual Gravitational Pull: Process and Rate 7. Rate of Acceleration 8. Photons and Quanta 9. Black Holes 10. Orbits and Galaxies 11. Gravitational Bending of Light 12. Supporting Evidence for Gravity Strings

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe Lowest new price: $8.23
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Author: Stephon Alexander

A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane

More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.

Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres," taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics.

The Jazz of Physics
will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

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Make: High-Power Rockets: Construction and Certification for Thousands of Feet and Beyond

Make: High-Power Rockets: Construction and Certification for Thousands of Feet and Beyond Lowest new price: $19.76
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Author: Mike Westerfield
Brand: Maker Media Inc

Make: High-Power Rockets is for all the science geeks who look at the moon and try to figure out where Neil Armstrong walked, watch in awe as rockets lift off, and want to fly their own model rockets. Starting with an overview of mid- and high-power rocketry, readers will start out making rockets with F and G engines, and move on up to H engines.


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Classical and Quantum Aspects of Gravity in Relation to the Emergent Paradigm (Springer Theses)

Classical and Quantum Aspects of Gravity in Relation to the Emergent Paradigm (Springer Theses) Lowest new price: $110.29
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Author: Sumanta Chakraborty

This thesis explores the connection between gravity and thermodynamics and provides a unification scheme that opens up new directions of exploration. Further elaborating on the Hawking effect and the possibility of singularity avoidance, the author not only discusses the information loss paradox at a broader level but also provides a possible solution to it. As the final frontier, it describes some novel effects arising from the microscopic structure of spacetime.

Taken as a whole, the thesis addresses three major research areas in gravitational physics: it starts with classical gravity, proceeds to the black hole information loss paradox, and closes with Planck scale physics.  The thesis is written in a lucid and pedagogical style, with an introduction accessible to researchers from other branches of physics and a d

iscussion presenting open questions and future directions, which will benefit and hopefully inspire next-generation researchers.

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