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Galileo's Finger : The Ten Great Ideas of Science

Galileo's Finger : The Ten Great Ideas of Science - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198609414

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ISBN13: 978-0198609414
ISBN10: 0198609418
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2003
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Galileo's Finger : The Ten Great Ideas of Science - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198609414

Peter Atkins

ISBN13: 978-0198609414
ISBN10: 0198609418
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Galileo, one of whose fingers is preserved in a vessel displayed in Florence, provided much of the impetus for modern science, pointing the way out of medieval ignorance. In this brilliant account of the central ideas of contemporary science, bestselling author Peter Atkins celebrates the power of the scientific method to reveal the nature of our universe, our world, and ourselves.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Emergence of Understanding

1 Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity
2 DNA: The Rationalization of Biology
3 Energy: The Universalization of Accountancy
4 Entropy: The Spring of Change
5 Atoms: The Reduction of Matter
6 Symmetry: The Quantification of Beauty
7 Quanta: The Simplification of Understanding
8 Cosmology: The Globalization of Reality
9 Spacetime: The Arena of Action
10 Arithmetic: The Limits of Reason

Epilogue: The Future of Understanding

Further reading
Acknowledgements
Index

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