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The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection, 250 Milestones in the History of Physics Hardcover – Nov 1 2011
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For each milestone, there is a page of explanation facing a full-page image, which illustrates the milestone. The images include photos, works or art, and even U.S. patents. My favorite images are the close-up photo of a hand holding a boomerang, what looks like a bowling ball plummeting from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a supernova explosion. One charm of the book is that the images are not always the expected ones. For example, Pickover's idiosyncratic world view shines through in his use of a muskrat standing in for Brownian Motion. According to the book jacket, the author's inventiveness has resulted in over seventy U.S. patents. This inventiveness is apparent in the choice of images.
Going cover-to cover, I see several themes emerge. The first is the physics of the very large: cosmology and astronomy. The second is that of the very small: particles, waves, and quantum mechanics. These two themes run from the very beginning to the very end.Read more ›
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Beautiful volume full of info in bits and bites. The usual one page one factoid format of this series which I love and recommend.Published 6 months ago by Gordon A. Johnston
Covers most landmarks in physics from antiquity to the present. Very entertaining.Published 13 months ago by smar