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Newton

Newton Lowest new price: $11.99
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Author: Alexander Kennedy

Isaac Newton is one of the chief architects of our world, the man whose life marked the definitive transition from the Dark Ages to the modern scientific era. His laws of motion and gravity laid the foundations for the entire discipline of physics, and his work on optics, color, thermodynamics, and the speed of sound greatly advanced their respective fields. Along the way, he co-invented calculus and built the first useful reflecting telescope.

Yet this towering genius was also all too human, prone to lashing out at rivals, paranoia, and even nervous breakdowns. He secretly worked with alchemy and the occult even as his public experiments swept away the mysticism of the medieval age. In this compact, highly readable biography, Alexander Kennedy chronicles Newton in all his paradoxical glory: his insights along with his superstitions, his stinginess and cruelty along with his great gifts to the human race. As Kennedy describes Newton’s penetrating experiments into the physical world, the reader comes to understand why Alexander Pope once wrote of this Father of Modern Science: “Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night/ God said, ‘Let Newton be!’ and all was light...”

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” - Isaac Newton

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Spacetime Physics

Spacetime Physics Lowest new price: $93.71
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Author: Edwin F. Taylor
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Written by two of the field's true pioneers, Spacetime Physics can extend and enhance coverage of specialty relativity in the classroom. This thoroughly up-to-date, highly accessible overview covers microgravity, collider accelerators, satellite probes, neutron detectors, radioastronomy, and pulsars.  The chapter on general relativity with new material on gravity waves, black holes, and cosmology.

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Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe (Fundamental Theories of Physics)

Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe (Fundamental Theories of Physics) Lowest new price: $226.48
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Bell's Theorem and its associated implications for the nature of the physical world remain topics of great interest. For this reason many meetings have been recently held on the interpretation of quantum theory and the implications of Bell's Theorem. Generally these meetings have been held primarily for quantum physicists and philosophers of science who have been or are actively working on the topic. Nevertheless, other philosophers of science, mathematicians, engineers as well as members of the general public have increasingly taken interest in Bell's Theorem and its implications. The Fall Workshop held at George Mason University on October 21 and 22, 1988 and titled "Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe" was of a more general scope. Not only it attracted experts in the field, it also covered other topics such as the implications of quantum non-locality for the nature of consciousness, cosmology, the anthropic principle, etc. topics usually not covered in previous meetings of this kind. The meeting was attended by more than one hundred ten specialists and other interested people from all over the world. The purpose of the meeting was not to provide a definitive answer to the general questions raised by Bell's Theorem. It is likely that the debate will go on for quite a long time. Rather, it was meant to contribute to the important dialogue between different disciplines.

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Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: The Story of a Gamble, Two Black Holes, and a New Age of Astronomy

Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: The Story of a Gamble, Two Black Holes, and a New Age of Astronomy Lowest new price: $11.94
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Author: Marcia Bartusiak

An updated classic that recounts the long hunt for Einstein’s predicted gravitational waves—and celebrates their recent discovery

In February 2016, astronomers announced that they had verified the last remaining prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity—vibrations in space-time, called gravitational waves. Humanity can now tune in to a cosmic orchestra. We have heard the chirp of two black holes dancing toward a violent union. We will hear the cymbal crashes from exploding stars, the periodic drumbeats from swiftly rotating pulsars, and maybe even the echoes from the Big Bang itself.
 
Marcia Bartusiak was one of the first to report on the new generation of observatories, showing the motivations of the detectors’ creators and the gamble they made to prove Einstein right when all other attempts had failed. She traces the quest of astronomers to build the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, the most accurate measuring devices humans have created, and the discovery of gravitational waves, revealing the brilliance, personalities, and luck required to start a new age of astronomy.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Author: Timothy Clifton
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Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature. It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of all celestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself. It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realizations about the nature of space and time and all astrophysical bodies within it.

In this Very Short Introduction, Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory. He discusses Einstein's theory of gravity, which now supplants Newton's, and shows how it allows us to understand why the frequency of light changes as it passes through a gravitational field, why GPS satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up. Today, almost 100 years after Einstein published his theory of gravity, we have even detected the waves of gravitational radiation that he predicted. Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction (Oxford Master Series in Physics)

Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction (Oxford Master Series in Physics) Lowest new price: $37.83
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Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate level textbook. Topics include special relativity, in the formalism of Minkowski's four-dimensional space-time, the principle of equivalence, Riemannian geometry and tensor analysis, Einstein field equation, as well as many modern cosmological subjects, from primordial inflation and cosmic microwave anisotropy to the dark energy that propels an accelerating universe.

The author presents the subject with an emphasis on physical examples and simple applications without the full tensor apparatus. The reader first learns how to describe curved spacetime. At this mathematically more accessible level, the reader can already study the many interesting phenomena such as gravitational lensing, precession of Mercury's perihelion, black holes, and cosmology. The full tensor formulation is presented later, when the Einstein equation is solved for a few symmetric cases. Many modern topics in cosmology are discussed in this book: from inflation, cosmic microwave anisotropy to the "dark energy" that propels an accelerating universe.

Mathematical accessibility, together with the various pedagogical devices (e.g., worked-out solutions of chapter-end problems), make it practical for interested readers to use the book to study general relativity and cosmology on their own.

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Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing (Foundational Questions in Science)

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The rising star author of The Physics of Wall Street explores why “nothing” may hold the key to the next era of theoretical physics

James Owen Weatherall’s previous book, The Physics of Wall Street, was a New York Times best-seller and named one of Physics Today’s five most intriguing books of 2013. In his newest volume, he takes on a fundamental concept of modern physics: nothing. The physics of stuff—protons, neutrons, electrons, and even quarks and gluons—is at least somewhat familiar to most of us. But what about the physics of nothing? Isaac Newton thought of empty space as nothingness extended in all directions, a kind of theater in which physics could unfold. But both quantum theory and relativity tell us that Newton’s picture can’t be right. Nothing, it turns out, is an awful lot like something, with a structure and properties every bit as complex and mysterious as matter. In his signature lively prose, Weatherall explores the very nature of empty space—and solidifies his reputation as a science writer to watch.

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Introduction to General Relativity: A Course for Undergraduate Students of Physics (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics)

Introduction to General Relativity: A Course for Undergraduate Students of Physics (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics) Lowest new price: $55.10
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Beyond Einstein: Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology in the Twentieth Century (Einstein Studies)

Beyond Einstein: Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology in the Twentieth Century (Einstein Studies) Lowest new price: $113.34
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Beyond Einstein: Perspectives on Geometry, Gravitation, and Cosmology explores the rich interplay between mathematical and physical ideas by studying the interactions of major actors and the roles of important research communities over the course of the last century.


Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie (German Edition)

Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie (German Edition) Lowest new price: $26.40
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Author: Torsten Fließbach

Das vorliegende Buch ergänzt die beliebte Reihe zur Theoretischen Physik von Professor Fließbach. Leser finden in diesem Buch die Grundlagen der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, angefangen bei der Speziellen Relativitätstheorie und den physikalischen und mathematischen Grundlagen der ART. Besprochen werden anschließend statische Gravitationsfelder, Gravitationswellen, Sternmodelle. Die letzten Kapitel widmen sich der Kosmologie.


Dieses Buch wird von Studierenden und Dozenten, die sich mit der Theoretischen Physik im Rahmen einer Kursvorlesung auseinandersetzen, für die anschauliche und gut strukturierte Darstellung des Stoffes geschätzt und empfohlen. Der Autor liefert eine klare physikalische Diskussion der Materie und behandelt auch die anspruchsvolle Mathematik verständlich.  Im Buch sind mehr als 40 Übungsaufgaben mit Lösungen enthalten.


In der siebten Auflage wurde das vorliegende Buch aktualisiert und korrigiert, insbesondere die Themen Gravitationswellen und Dunkle Energie im Rahmen der Kosmologie wurden auf den neuesten Stand der Forschung gebracht.

 

Der Autor

Torsten Fließbach habilitierte sich 1977 an der TU München in Theoretischer Kernphysik. Seit 1979 ist er Professor für Theoretische Physik an der Universität Siegen.


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