Annus Mirabilis 1905
Call Number: QC 16 .E5 G73 2005
Publication Date: 2005-03-29
The year the future was born. At the dawn of the twentieth century, young physicist Albert Einstein had quit university life, proved a failure as a teacher, and, in desperate need of means to support his wife and newborn child, had taken a job as a patent office expert. It was during this time, in the year 1905, that Einstein truly established his presence as one of the greatest minds in the history of humankind. In this period of self-imposed isolation from colleagues and academia-which has since been dubbed by the scientific community annus mirabilis (the miracle year)-Einstein, at twenty-six years of age, wrote a series of three papers whose subject eventually became known as the Theory of Relativity. Now, bestselling authors John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin present, for the 100th anniversary of that astounding year, the fascinating story of how one man's genius helped shape our world.
Changes within physical systems and/or conservation of energy and momentum : an anthology of current thought
Call Number: QB 461 .C48 2006
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Anthology of articles discussing the changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum.
College Physics: based on Schaum's Outline of college physics by Frederick J. Bueche and Eugene Hecht
Call Number: QC 31 .C65 2000
Publication Date: 1999-10-22
Boiled-down essentials of the top-selling Schaum's Outline series for the student with limited time What could be better than the bestselling Schaum's Outline series? For students looking for a quick nuts-and-bolts overview, it would have to be Schaum's Easy Outline series. Every book in this series is a pared-down, simplified, and tightly focused version of its predecessor. With an emphasis on clarity and brevity, each new title features a streamlined and updated format and the absolute essence of the subject, presented in a concise and readily understandable form. Graphic elements such as sidebars, reader-alert icons, and boxed highlights stress selected points from the text, illuminate keys to learning, and give students quick pointers to the essentials. Designed to appeal to underprepared students and readers turned off by dense text Cartoons, sidebars, icons, and other graphic pointers get the material across fast Concise text focuses on the essence of the subject Delivers expert help from teachers who are authorities in their fields Perfect for last-minute test preparation So small and light that they fit in a backpack!
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Call Number: qQD 65 .C88 2008
Publication Date: 2008-06-17
The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Editioncontinues to offer the most authoritative, up-to-date data to scientists around the world. This edition contain revisions, updates, and expansions as well as ten new tablesof data on molecular structure, biochemistry, environmental issues, material properties, and more. Major revisions include newly approved fundamental physical constants, properties of fatty acids, bond dissociation energies, and molecular structures of free molecules. New tables includeEnergy Content of Fuels, Global Warming Potential of Greenhouse Gases, Weather-Related Scales, Index of Refraction of Gases, Molecular Internal Rotation, Atomic Radii of Elements, Composition and Properties of Various Natural Oils and Fats, Melting Curve of Mercury, Properties of Gas Clathrate Hydrates, Enthalpyof Hydration of Gases, and Properties of Graphite and Nanotubes.
Gravitational, Electric, and Magnetic Forces: an anthology of current thought
Call Number: QC 760.25 .G73 2006
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Current information on electromagnetism and gravitational forces, electric grids, satellites and ground imaging, and photographing electron flow.
How Things Work: the physics of everyday life
Call Number: QC 21.3 .B56 2010
Publication Date: 2009-01-09
How Things Work uses familiar objects to introduce basic physics concepts, demonstrating the excitement and relevance to professionals in a variety of technical fields. Because its structure is defined by real-life examples, this book explores concepts as they're needed and then revisits them later on when they reappear in other objects. It integrates case studies throughout the chapters to easily convey an understanding and appreciation for physics. For example, discussions of skating, falling balls, and bumper cars are included to explain the Laws of Motion. Air conditioners and automobiles are used to explore thermodynamics. Engineers, architects, and professionals in other technical fields will benefit from the material that connects science to our everyday world.
Out of This Worldcolliding universes, branes, strings, and other wild ideas of modern physics
Call Number: QC 24.5 .W43 2004
Publication Date: 2004-05-25
Stephen Webb, author of WHERE IS EVERYBODY?, takes the interested amateur on a thrilling and enlightening tour of the amazing, even bizarre, new ideas of modern physics, including alternatives to the Big Bang, parallel universes, and an imaginary trip to the other side of the black hole.
Physics in Biology and Medicine
Call Number: QH 505 .D36 2001
Publication Date: 2000-10-09
This interdisciplinary introductory text covers topics in physics as they apply to the life sciences, specifically medicine, physiology, nursing and other applied health fields. Physics for Biology and Medicine, Second Edition is a concise introductory paperback that surveys and relates basic physics to living systems. It discusses biological systems that can be analyzed quantitatively and how advances in the life sciences have been aided by physical or engineering analysis. Applicable courses are Biophysics and Applied Physics * Provides many practical techniques for applying knowledge of physics to the study of living systems * Explains the operation of modern medical devices such as Computerised Axial Tomography (CAT) scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in simple understandable terms * Presents material in a straightforward manner requiring very little background in physics or biology * Includes many figures, examples, and illustrative problems * Includes appendices which provide convenient access to the most important concepts of mechanics, electricity, and optics
The Accidental Universe
Call Number: QB 981 .D268 1982
Publication Date: 1982-09-09
Among the 'accidents of nature' discussed is the curious and unexpected concurrence of certain very large numbers computed from atomic physics and cosmology, apparently unrelated subject areas.
The Character of Physical Law
Call Number: QC 28 .F4 1994
Publication Date: 1994-11-08
Analyzes selected physical laws, demonstrating the interaction of physics and mathematics and revealing the incredible order of nature.
The Comprehensible Cosmos : where do the laws of physics come from?
Call Number: QC 6 .S8119 2006
Publication Date: 2006-07-05
For those fascinated by how physics explains the universe and affects philosophy, this in-depth presentation of the cosmos, complete with an appendix of mathematical formulas, makes accessible to lay readers findings normally available only to professional scientists. In a series of remarkable developments in the 20th century and continuing into the 21st, elementary particle physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists have removed much of the mystery that surrounds our understanding of the physical universe. We now have mathematical models that are consistent with all observational data, including measurements of incredible precision, and we have a good understanding of why those models take the form they do. But the question arises: Where do the "laws" revealed by the mathematical models come from? Some conjecture that they represent a set of restraints on the behavior of matter that are built into the structure of the universe, either by God or some other ubiquitous governing principle. In this challenging, stimulating discussion of physics and its implications, the author disputes this notion. Instead, he argues that physical laws are simply restrictions on the ways physicists may draw the models they use to represent the behavior of matter if they wish to do so objectively. Since mathematical descriptions of data must be independent of any specific point of view, that is, they must possess "point-of-view invariance" (maximum objectivity), they naturally conform to certain fundamental laws that insure that objectivity, such as the great conservation principles of energy and momentum. The laws of physics, however, are not simply an arbitrary set of rules since the observed data beautifully demonstrate their accuracy.
Wacky Science fun and exciting hands-on activities for the classroom
Call Number: qLB 1585 .P38 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
<i>Wacky Science</i> helps teachers embark on an extremely exciting adventure—teaching hands-on science in the classroom! Gifted students love science, and they particularly love hands-on science. One of the most exciting things about teaching hands-on science is being able to observe how students gravitate toward these motivating activities and their extraordinary ability to extrapolate additional scientific information from the concepts being taught.
When Physics Became King
Call Number: QC 9 .E89 M67 2005
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
As recently as two hundred years ago, physics as we know it today did not exist. Born in the early nineteenth century during the second scientific revolution, physics struggled at first to achieve legitimacy in the scientific community and culture at large. In fact, the term "physicist" did not appear in English until the 1830s. When Physics Became King traces the emergence of this revolutionary science, demonstrating how a discipline that barely existed in 1800 came to be regarded a century later as the ultimate key to unlocking nature's secrets. A cultural history designed to provide a big-picture view, the book ably ties advances in the field to the efforts of physicists who worked to win social acceptance for their research. Beginning his tale with the rise of physics from natural philosophy, Iwan Morus chronicles the emergence of mathematical physics in France and its later export to England and Germany. He then elucidates the links between physics and industrialism, the technology of statistical mechanics, and the establishment of astronomical laboratories and precision measurement tools. His tale ends on the eve of the First World War, when physics had firmly established itself in both science and society. Scholars of both history and physics will enjoy this fascinating and studied look at the emergence of a major scientific discipline.
More Physics Books
E = Einstein : his life, his thought and his influence on our culture
Call Number: QC 16 .E5 E18 2006
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
In the history of physics, there has been no greater visionary than Albert Einstein. Through his revolutionary Theory of Relativity, he fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe. But there is more to Einstein than just E=mc2#151;and this anthology of 30 fascinating essays, presented by three renowned scientist/editors, captures his various facets. Complete with more than 125 color illustrations and explanatory sidebars that make the information accessible to the layperson, these revelatory articles explore his life, theories, and legacy. They range from the scientific (#147;The Cosmos According to Eintein,” #147;Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe”) to the political (#147;Einstein as Jew and Zionist,” #147;Einstein and Nazi Science”) to discussions of his role as an icon (#147;What’s with the Hair?”). nbsp;
Einstein : his life and universe
Call Number: QC 16 .E5 I76 2007
Publication Date: 2007-04-10
By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk-a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate-became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.
Encyclopedia of Physics
Call Number: qQC 5 .R596 2004
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Physics is a challenging yet rewarding science for students in high school and college. A comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of physics, Encyclopedia of Physics presents a broad overview of the field at a level and in a format suitable for students and general readers. Focused on pure physics - which deals with the most fundamental aspects of nature such as light, sound, movement, and force - its scope of coverage is wide and significant, including entries on concepts, terms, effects, laws, principles, theories, experiments, observations, people, institutions, organizations, issues, laboratories, and other subjects. discuss interdisciplinary subjects, such as applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, and medical physics. Biographical entries present personal profiles of important physicists, past and present, and list their accomplishments. Details about their achievements are presented in separate, cross-referenced entries. While the emphasis is on the present state of physics, the science's historical background and development are explained, as appropriate, to give perspective on current issues in physics. With more than 600 entries, 11 prose essays on particularly interesting topics in physics, and more than 180 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, this is an ideal reference to this core area of science.
Faster Than the Speed of Light: the story of a scientific speculation
Call Number: QC 407 .M34 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-07
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, and light travels at one fixed speed. This idea is considered a foundation of modern physics, but what if it is wrong?Theoretical physicist Magueijo presents the idea that light traveled faster in the early universe than it does today. The varying speed of light theory solves some of the most intractable problems in cosmology, and could have major implications for the study of physics.
Fun Physics Projects for Tomorrow's Rocket Scientists
Call Number: qQC 26 .G54 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
Learn about physics with fun projects and experiments Created in partnership with Thames & Kosmos, Fun Physics Projects for Tomorrow's Rocket Scientists introduces you to essential physics concepts through do-it-yourself projects that you can then use to perform experiments. Experience the thrill of scientific discovery when you observe the physics of motion, including constant speed, acceleration, and free fall, through your own experiments. All of the projects use inexpensive, readily available materials and software. No experience required! Chapters feature: Things You'll Need--lists of all the components and equipment required for each project Be Careful--important safety tips Famous Scientists--introductions to people who've made significant contributions to our understanding of physics Online Videos--link to the author's demonstrations of the projects Step-by-step projects include: Constant-speed vehicle Uniform acceleration fan car Tennis ball cannon to investigate speed and study free fall Trebuchet for observing the force of weight Projectile-motion catapult Water rocket to demonstrate Newton's Laws of Motion Mousetrap-powered car that displays energy transformations Model rocket engine to calculate momentum and impulse Rocket launch ignition system and launch pad Cool model rockets that demonstrate acceleration,speed, and altitude
Quantum Physics and Theology: an unexpected kinship
Call Number: BL 265 .P4 P58 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-20
Despite the differences of their subject matter, science and theology have a cousinly relationship, John Polkinghorne contends in his latest thought-provoking book. nbsp;From his unique perspective as both theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, Polkinghorne considers aspects of quantum physics and theology and demonstrates that the two truth-seeking enterprises are engaged in analogous rational techniques of inquiry. His exploration of the deep connections between science andnbsp;Christology shows with new clarity a common kinship in the search for truth. nbsp; Among the many parallels he identifies are patterns of historical development in quantum physics and in Christology; wrestling with perplexities such as quantum interpretation and the problem of evil; and the drive for an overarching view in the Grand Unified Theories of physics and in Trinitarian theology. Both theology and science are propelled by a desire to understand the world through experienced reality, and Polkinghorne explains that their viewpoints are by no means mutually exclusive. nbsp;
The Einstein Almanac
Call Number: QC 16 .E5 C35 2005
Publication Date: 2004-12-01
"The Einstein Almanac" takes a look at Einstein's year-by-year output, explaining his 300 most important publications and setting them into the context of his life, science, and world history.
The Emperor's New Mind: concerning computers, minds, and the laws of physics
Call Number: Q 335 .P413 1991
Publication Date: 1991-01-01
"Ranks among the most innovative and exciting science books [of] the last 40 years."-The New York Times Book Review.
The Laws of Motion: an anthology of current thought
Call Number: QC 133 .L39 2006
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
From soccer kicks to the flight of birds, anthology offers the latest thinking on principles of physics and how they manifest in everyday life.