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Six Roads from Newton: Great Discoveries in Physics

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Series: Wiley Popular Science

By: E Speyer

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Oct 1996 | #60301 | ISBN: 0471159646
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I recommend Speyer's Six Roads From Newton for entertaining and stimulating reading.----Journal of Modern Optics A lively tour through six great developments in physics since Newton Though he made his discoveries more than three centuries ago, all roads in modern physics lead back to Sir Isaac Newton. This book begins with a summary of Newton's laws, which fundamentally changed our concepts about space, time, and motion. Speyer then explains six of the most important theoretical developments since Newton, and how they have changed our understanding of the universe. EDWARD SPEYER (Irvine, California) teaches physics at the California State University. He has 30 years of experience as a research physicist in industrial laboratories and has served as chief investigator for the National Science Foundation.


Contents

The Newtonian Universe. Waves and Their Differences from Particles. Fields: Space Is Not Empty. Probability: What Does It Measure? Special Relativity: Only One Velocity Is Absolute. Quantum Theory: New Phenomena, New Principles. General Relativity: Gravity as Field Distortions. A Look Down Further Roads. Neither Determinism Nor Indeterminism. Road to the Stars. Appendices. Index.


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Biography

EDWARD SPEYER teaches physics at California State University, Fullerton. He has thirty years' experience as a research physicist in industrial laboratories and has served as chief investigator for the National Science Foundation.

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