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

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Penguin, 1 dec. 2005 - 336 pagina's
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.
 

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Foreword by Alan Chodos PhD xi
Lens Crafters
Gravitys Guru
FRANKLINS KITE EXPERIMENT
Trompe lOeil
Rules of Attraction
Ingenious Engines
Emperors of the
Its All Relative
Rocket
That Darn
Copy That
Life During Wartime
Gimme Shelter
Tiny Bubbles
Mimicking Mother Nature

Disorderly Conduct
Queens of Science
Calling Mister Watson
Thrill Seekers
Current Affairs
Shadow Casters
Radio Days
Contents
A Thousand Points of Light
Quantum Leap
Energize
Small World
Contemplating Chaos
DISCOVERY OF THE TOP QUARK 254
DEEP BLUE DEFEATS KASPAROV 261
DISCOVERY OF THE ACCELERATING
SOLUTION TO SOLAR NEUTRINO PROBLEM 276
NOVA SPECIAL ON STRING THEORY 291
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Jennifer Ouellette†is the author of three previous books, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, Physics of the Buffyverse, and The Calculus Diaries. She writes the popular science and culture blog†Cocktail Party Physics†for†Scientific American. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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