The how and the why: An Essay on the Origins and Development of Physical Theory

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Princeton University Press, Sep 21, 1990 - Science - 459 pages
"This is an excellent and stimulating account of the history and development of physics, a pleasure to read and of great value to anyone with an interest in the nature of science."--John Polkinghorne, The Times Higher Education Supplement"A marvelous, technically competent, literate, engagingly written book that every student (whether a science major or not) in a science courseand instructorsshould have to read."--James T. Cushing, American Journal of Physics"Physicists should make every effort to enjoy this well-conducted tour of the history of physics."--John Barrow, New Scientist"A brilliant presentation of the ideas of modern physics presented in a richly painted historical setting. . . . This book contains more physics than most physicists know, and more intellectual history than most historians know, woven together in a thoughtful, erudite, and enthusiastic presentation that is unique in both popular and academic science writing. . . . The rise of statistical physics, quantum mechanics, particle physics, and cosmology are accompanied by trenchant examples that encapsulate the core of current controversy, and the older material is informed by recent sophistications of historical scholarship."--Choice

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Contents

What Is the World?
3
How Is It Built? M
24
The Sky Is a Machine
54
The Christian Cosmos
78
What Are These Things I See?
95
The Wider Shores of Knowledge
109
Illumination
124
The Spheres Are Broken
142
3 A World of Bronze and Marble
275
5 Very Small and Far Away
305
Does It Make Sense?
334
Moving Down the Scale
352
8 And Now the Universe
372
CHAPTER f Order and Law
387
NOTE A Heros Principle
407
NOTE The TwoSlit Experiment in Quantum
420

chapter to Influences
170
1 They Move According to Number
202
Time Space and Form
224

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