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Black Bodies and Quantum Cats : Tales from the Annals of Physics

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats : Tales from the Annals of Physics - 05 edition

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats : Tales from the Annals of Physics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780143036036

ISBN10: 0143036033

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats : Tales from the Annals of Physics by Jennifer Ouellette - ISBN 9780143036036
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No
Black Bodies and Quantum Cats : Tales from the Annals of Physics by Jennifer Ouellette - ISBN 9780143036036

ISBN13: 9780143036036

ISBN10: 0143036033

Edition: 05

Summary

A delightfully readable history of physics for armchair physicists and other curious readers.

Physics, once known as ''natural philosophy,'' is the most basic science, explaining the world we live in, from the largest scale down to the very, very, very smallest, and our understanding of it has changed over many centuries. In Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, science writer Jennifer Ouellette traces key developments in the field, setting descriptions of the fundamentals of physics in their historical context as well as against a broad cultural backdrop. Newton's laws are illustrated via the film Addams Family Values, while Back to the Future demonstrates the finer points of special relativity. Poe's ''The Purloined Letter'' serves to illuminate the mysterious nature of neutrinos, and Jeanette Winterson's novel Gut Symmetries provides an elegant metaphorical framework for string theory.

An enchanting and edifying read, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats shows that physics is not an arcane field of study but a profoundly human endeavor--and a fundamental part of our everyday world.