The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
Ferris (Timothy)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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    ‘Science and mathematics are to our technically inclined societies what the composition of epic poetry was to the Homeric Greeks, or shipbuilding to the ninth-century Norsemen or landscape painting to the Sung Dynasty Chinese: they are what we do best.... Science has been called the twentieth century's greatest art form, and it is natural to expect that writers will increasingly find inspiration in the grandeur, rigor, and elegance of science. Surely something of that sort has been going on at least sporadically since the days of the Greek and Latin poets. We may be a long way from producing a modern-day Lucretius who can weave real poetry out of cosmology or quantum physics. But this book will have served its function if its readers find, here and there within its pages, a few sparks of the illumination with which art and science alike serve to brighten our darkling times:'
    … Timothy Ferris

Contents
    Foreword – ix
    Preface – xi
  1. The Realm Of The Atom
    Atoms And Quarks
    • Atoms In Motion – Richard P. Feynman – 3
    • The Large And The Small – Kenneth W. Ford – 18
    • The Gay Tribe Of Electrons – George Gamow – 38
    • Radioactive Substances – Pierre Curie – 50
    • E = mc2 – Albert Einstein – 56
    • The Man Who Listened – Robert P. Crease And Charles C. Mann – 60
    • Theory Of Electrons And Positrons – Paul A. M. Dirac – 80
    • The Copenhagen Interpretation Of Quantum Theory1 – Werner Heisenberg – 86
    • Uncertainty And Complementarity – Heinz R. Pagels – 97
    • Schrodinger's Cat – Heinz R. Pagels – 111
    • Unified Theories Of Physics – Timothy Ferris – 116
    • Butterflies And Superstrings – Freeman J. Dyson – 128
    Time And Space
    • The Distinction Of Past And Future – Richard P. Feynman – 147
    • The Second Law Of Thermodynamics – Max Planck – 163
    • The Age Of The Elements – David N. Schramm – 170
    • The Two Masses – Isaac Asimov – 184
    • Einstein's Law Of Gravitation – Bertrand Russell – 194
    • Black Holes – Roger Penrose – 203
    • Black Holes Ain't So Black – Stephen W. Hawking – 226
  2. The Wider Universe
    The Sun And Beyond
    • Total Eclipse – Annie Dillard – 241
    • Astride The Comet – Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan – 254
    • Cosmic Terrorist – Richard Muller – 261
    • I Think I See It – Richard Muller – 268
    • Classifying The Stars – Annie J. Cannon – 272
    • How A Supernova Explodes – Hans A. Bethe And Gerald Brown – 277
    • Measuring The Universe – Harlow Shapley – 292
    • The Milky Way Galaxy – Bart J. Bok – 299
    The Structure Of The Universe
    • Cosmology: The Quest To Understand The Creation And Expansion Of The Universe – Allan Sandage – 321
    • The Exploration Of Space – Edwin Hubble – 335
    • Spherical Space – Arthur Stanley Eddington – 346
    • The Primeval Atom – Georges Lemaitre – 360
    • The New Physics And The Universe – James Trefil – 365
    • Let There Be Light: Modern Cosmogony And Biblical Creation – Owen Gingerich – 378
    Beginnings And Endings
    • The First Three Minutes – Steven Weinberg – 395
    • The Magic Furnace – Harald Fritzsch – 410
    • The Origin Of The Universe – Alan Lightman – 419
    • How Will The World End? – John D. Barrow And Joseph Silk – 425
  3. The Cosmos Of Numbers
    About Mathematics
    • A Mathematician's Apology – Godfrey Harold Hardy – 431
    • Mathematics And Creativity – Alfred Adler – 435
    • How Long Is The Coast Of Britain? – Benoit B. Mandelbrot – 447
    • Chaos – James Gleick – 456
    Artificial Intelligence And All That
    • Computers – Lewis Thomas – 475
    • The Computer And The Brain – John Von Neumann – 478
    • Can A Machine Think? – Alan Turing – 492
    Math Angst
    • The Loss Of Certainty – Morris Kline – 520
    • The Unreasonable Effectiveness Of Mathematics In The Natural Sciences – Eugene P. Wigner – 526
    • What Is Mathematics? – John D. Barrow – 541
    • The Limits Of Mathematics – Philip J. Davis And Reuben Hersh – 559
  4. The Ways Of Science
    Scientists' Lives And Works
    • Albert Einstein – John Archibald Wheeler – 563
    • Autobiographical Notes – Albert Einstein – 577
    • A Tribute To Max Planck – Albert Einstein – 590
    • Rutherford – C. P. Snow – 591
    • Dirac – Jagdish Mehra – 603
    • Hilbert – Paul A. M. Dirac – 604
    • Quest For Order – John Tierney – 605
    • The Legend Of John Von Neumann – P. R. Halmos – 614
    • On The Beach – Andrew Hodges – 629
    • Ramanujan And Pi – Jonathan M. Borwein and Peter B. Borwein – 647
    • Paul Erdos: Mathematician – Lee Dembart – 660
    • A Man Of Science — Abdus Salam – Nigel Calder – 665
    • Two Shakers Of Physics: Memorial Lecture For Sin-itiro Tomonaga – Julian Schwinger – 675
    • Robert Wilson And The Building Of Fermilab - Philip J. Hilts – 696
    • Los Alamos – Stanislaw M. Ulam – 705
    • Coming Into My Own – Luis W. Alvarez – 730
    • The Two Cultures C. P. Snow 741
    • Women In Science – Vivian Gornick – 747
    • Iron – Primo Levi – 751
    The Poetry Of Science
    • When I Heard The Learn'd Astronomer – Walt Whitman – 762
    • "I Am Like A Slip Of Comet..." – Gerard Manley Hopkins – 762
    • Arcturus – Emily Dickinson – 763
    • Star-Swirls – Robinson Jeffers – 764
    • Galaxy – Richard Ryan – 765
    • Molecular Evolution – James Clerk Maxwell – 766
    • Atomic Architecture – A. M. Sullivan – 767
    • Seeing Things – Howard Nemerov – 768
    • Cosmic Gall – John Updike – 768
    • Nomad – Anthony Piccione – 769
    • Little Cosmic Dust Poem – John Haines – 770
    • Connoisseur Of Chaos – Wallace Stevens – 771
    • "The Kings Of The World ..." – Rainer Maria Rilke – 772
    • The Windy Planet – Annie Dillard – 773
    • Space Shuttle – Diane Ackerman – 774
    • Epistemology – Richard Wilbur – 775
    • What Science Says To Truth – William Watson – 775
    • From An Essay On Man – Alexander Pope – 776
    • True Enough: To The Physicist – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – 776
    • About Planck Time – George Bradley – 777
    • The Observatory Ode John Frederick Nims – 778
    Philosophy And Science
    • The Nature Of Science – Isaac Asimov – 781
    • The Art Of Discovery – Horace Freeland Judson – 784
    • The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas S. Kuhn – 787
    • The Logic Of Scientific Discovery – Karl Popper – 795
    • Causality2 And Complementarity – Niels Bohr – 801
    • From Letters To Max Born – Albert Einstein – 808
    • Black Magic And White Magic – Jacob Bronowski – 810
    • Positivism, Metaphysics, And Religion – Werner Heisenberg – 821
    • Science And Religion – Albert Einstein – 828
    Acknowledgments – 837
    Index – 849



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