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The Resource Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks, J.L. Heilbron

Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks, J.L. Heilbron

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Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks
Title
Physics
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a short history, from quintessence to quarks
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J.L. Heilbron
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eng
Summary
"How does the physics we know today-- a highly professionalized enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry-- link back to its origins as a liberal art in ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind's place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? John Heilbron's fascinating history of physics introduces us to Islamic astronomers and mathematicians, calculating the size of the earth whilst their caliphs conquered much of it; to medieval scholar-theologians investigating light; to Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton, measuring, and trying to explain, the universe. We visit the 'House of Wisdom' in 9th-century Baghdad; Europe's first universities; the courts of the Renaissance; the Scientific Revolution and the academies of the 18th century; the increasingly specialized world of 20th and 21st century science. Highlighting the shifting relationship between physics, philosophy, mathematics, and technology-- and the implications for humankind's self-understanding-- Heilbron explores the changing place and purpose of physics in the cultures and societies that have nurtured it over the centuries"--
Summary
Describes the history of physics, from the earliest Islamic astronomers and mathematicians who tried to calculate the Earths size, to Galileo, Copernicus, and Newton, and up through the modern days hunts for fundamental particles
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10460273
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530/.09
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illustrations
Index
index present
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QC7
LC item number
.H44 2015
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non fiction
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adult
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a short history from quintessence to quarks
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Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks, J.L. Heilbron
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-208) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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Contents
The Greek way -- Invention in antiquity. Physica ; Applications ; Dumbing down -- Selection in Islam. Falsafa ; Mixed mathematics ; Departures -- Domestication in Europe. At the interface ; Alma mater ; Fresh imports -- A second creation. Revolution or integration? ; The invention of physics ; Institutional frameworks ; Physics and enlightenment -- Classical physics and its cure. Standard models ; Physicists as librarians ; Woes and wonders in 1900 ; The profession -- From Old World to new. Legacies of World War I ; The legacy enriched ; Other interwar business ; Americanization -- The quintessential
Control code
5801805
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 228 pages
Isbn
9780198746850
Lccn
2015939044
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)ocn907446188
  • (OCoLC)907446188
Label
Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks, J.L. Heilbron
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-208) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Greek way -- Invention in antiquity. Physica ; Applications ; Dumbing down -- Selection in Islam. Falsafa ; Mixed mathematics ; Departures -- Domestication in Europe. At the interface ; Alma mater ; Fresh imports -- A second creation. Revolution or integration? ; The invention of physics ; Institutional frameworks ; Physics and enlightenment -- Classical physics and its cure. Standard models ; Physicists as librarians ; Woes and wonders in 1900 ; The profession -- From Old World to new. Legacies of World War I ; The legacy enriched ; Other interwar business ; Americanization -- The quintessential
Control code
5801805
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 228 pages
Isbn
9780198746850
Lccn
2015939044
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn907446188
  • (OCoLC)907446188

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