Book , Print in English

Physics for poets

Robert H. March.
  • Chicago : Contemporary Books, [1978]
  • Copyright Notice: ©1978
  • x, 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Subjects
Contents
  • Falling Bodies and the Birth of Mechanics. The First Modern Physicist
  • Galileo Takes on Aristotle
  • The Mathematical Language of Motion
  • The Crucial Test
  • Was Aristotle So Wrong After All?
  • Toward a Science of Mechanics. Projectiles Follow Parabolas
  • Descartes, Huygens, and Momentum Conservation
  • An Amusing Result: The Center of Mass Doesn't Move
  • The Denoument: Newton's Laws. Newton's Laws
  • The Crucial Peg
  • Going Around in Circles
  • Falling Bodise in Newton's Scheme
  • The Newton Cult
  • The Moon is Falling. The Law of Universal Gravitation
  • The Mangy Dog and the Man with the Golden Nose
  • The Two Great Rival Cosmologies
  • Kepler Charts the Motions of the Planets
  • Newton Uses the Laws
  • The Moon is the Link
  • Hypotheses Non Fingo
  • The Romance of Energy. How Do We "Pay" for a Force?
  • Work and Kinetic Energy
  • Can We Get Our Money Back?
  • Energy and Atoms
  • Binding Energy
  • Stars, Planets, and Life
  • Completing the Job: The Classical Physicist's "World View". Electricity and Magnetism
  • Faraday and the concept of Field
  • An Almost Final Unity
  • Epilogue: The Nightmare of Determinism
  • Waves. Moving Bumps
  • Superposition
  • Repeated Waves
  • Water Waves and Such
  • How Light Was Shown to Be a Wave
  • What Kind of Wave is Light?
  • Surprise: The Earth Doesn't Move!. Swimming across a Stream
  • A Racecourse for Light
  • Early Attempts to Explain the Result
  • Origins of Relativity: How Long is a Moving Train?. The Postulate of Relativity
  • Ships that Pass in the Night
  • The Elastic Train
  • The Feeling is Mutual
  • The Garage Paradox
  • The Wedding of Space and Time. How Slow Does the Clock Run?
  • The Fitzgerald Shrinkage
  • Space-Time: A Four-dimensional World
  • The Twin Paradox
  • E = mc² and all that. The Mass Increase
  • Newton's Laws and the Relativistic Speed Limit
  • Energy and Mass
  • The Meaning of E = mc²
  • An Incomplete Revolution
  • Did God Have Any Choice?. The Loneliness of Deep Space
  • Frames of Reference
  • The Principle of Equivalence
  • The Warp and the Woof
  • Does Anybody Have the Right Time?
  • The Flat-Earthers
  • Newton's Last Stand
  • Goodbye Physics, Hello Geometry
  • The Tao of Space Time
  • A Cosmic Vacuum Cleaner
  • Not With Whimper
  • The Einstein Cult
  • The Atom Returns. The Ancient Origins of Atomism
  • The Birth of Modern Chemistry
  • The Physicists Pick Up the Ball
  • How Big is an Atom?
  • What's "Inside" an Atom
  • Ions and Cathode Rays
  • The Electron and the Atom
  • Rutherford Picks Apart the Atom. Light Emission is the Arbiter
  • Order in the Confusion of Spectral Lines
  • Ernest Rutherford
  • The Cannonbll in the Hailstorm
  • The Atom and the Quantum. Planck's Stab in the Dark
  • Einstein and 1905 Again
  • Bohr Asks the Right Question
  • Where the Action Is
  • Numbers and Powerful Convincers
  • The Battle is Joined
  • Physics in the Twenties
  • When is a Particle a Wave?. The Bohr Atom is Not Enough
  • A Prince Has a Crazy Idea
  • Help from America
  • A Wave Equation
  • Where is the Electron?
  • Does God Play Dice?. Max Born's Dice Game
  • Uncertainty
  • The "Old Men" Won't Buy It
  • Why the Wave Expands
  • The Problem of Prediction
  • The Orbit Disappears
  • Whatever Became of Reality?. Young's Experiment with Electrons
  • Can We Outwit the Uncertainty Relations?
  • The Copenhagen Interpretation
  • The Determinists Strike Back
  • The Dreams Stuff is Made Of. Farewell to Innocence
  • Quantizing the Field
  • Matter and Antimatter
  • The Proton and Neutron Won't Do
  • The Atom Smashers
  • The Quark Theory
  • Democritus or Boscovich?
  • The Unbreakable String
  • The Quantum Foam
  • A Phoenix Universe?
Other information
  • Reprint. Originally published: 2nd ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1978.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-256) and index.
  • Eisenhower copy: Gift of Anthony Hecht Library; FY2016.
ISBN
  • 0809255324
  • 9780809255320
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 82022147
  • OCLC: 09043242
  • OCLC: 9043242