A Cultural History of Physics

A Cultural History of Physics

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While the physical sciences are a continuously evolving source of technology and of understanding about our world, they have become so specialized and rely on so much prerequisite knowledge that for many people today the divide between the sciences and the humanities seems even greater than it was when C. P. Snow delivered his famous 1959 lecture, qThe Two Cultures.q In A Cultural History of Physics, Hungarian scientist and educator KAiroly Simonyi succeeds in bridging this chasm by describing the experimental methods and theoretical interpretations that created scientific knowledge, from ancient times to the present day, within the cultural environment in which it was formed. Unlike any other work of its kind, Simonyia€™s seminal opus explores the interplay of science and the humanities to convey the wonder and excitement of scientific development throughout the ages. These pages contain an abundance of excerpts from original resources, a wide array of clear and straightforward explanations, and an astonishing wealth of insight, revealing the historical progress of science and inviting readers into a dialogue with the great scientific minds that shaped our current understanding of physics. Beautifully illustrated, accurate in its scientific content and broad in its historical and cultural perspective, this book will be a valuable reference for scholars and an inspiration to aspiring scientists and humanists who believe that science is an integral part of our culture.First, it can be shown by simple substitution that the difference x ct x ct 2 2 2 2 aˆ’ = a€² aˆ’ a€² () () is invariant with respect to the Lorentz transformation. ... from an coordinate grid and read offthe corresponding space and time points (Figure 5.25 ). explanatory picture like this one. ... The lines of the coordinate grid parallel to the t-axis are the world lines of the times ta€² = 0 and t= 0; then observers Ba€² and B 2anbsp;...

Title:A Cultural History of Physics
Author:Károly Simonyi
Publisher:CRC Press - 2012-01-25


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