A Universe of Atoms, An Atom in the Universe

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2002 - 417 pagine
The essays in this book are based on researches the author has undertaken on a wide range of topics, some using equipment no more elaborate than what one can find in an ordinary kitchen, others making elegant use of sophisticated experimental apparatus. Presenting a personal odyssey in physics, Silverman investigates processes for which no visualizable mechanism can be given, or that seem to violate fundamental physical laws (but do not), or that appear to be well understood but turn out to be subtly devious. Written in an engagingly personal style, the essays will be of interest to students of physics and related disciplines as well as professional physicists. Though they deal with subtle concepts, the discussions use little mathematics, and anyone with a little college physics will be able to read the book with pleasure. Silverman's researches deal with in quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, electromagnetism and optics, gravity, thermodynamics, and the physics of fluids, and these essays address .such questions as: How does one know that atomic electrons move? Would an "anti-atom" fall upward? How is it possible for randomly emitted particles to arrive at a detector preferentially in pairs? Can one influence electrons in London by not watching them in New York? Can a particle be influenced by a magnetic field through which it does not pass? A basketball is not changed by turning it once around its axis, but what about an electron? Can more light reflect from a surface than is incident upon it? "A Universe of Atoms" is the second edition of Silverman's "And Yet It Moves"; each essay in the earlier collection has been revised and updated, and some new essays on the uncommon physics of common objects have been added
 

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Indice

The Wirbelrohrs Roar
7
11 Wirbelrohr Followup
24
Musical Bottles Flying Balloons and Hot Stoves The Uncommon Physics of Common Things
30
What Every Aeronaut Needs to Know
38
Radiation Conduction and Newtons Hot Block Experiment
48
The Unimaginably Strange Behavior of Free Electrons
63
32 Electron Interference in a Space with Holes
76
33 The TwoElectron Quantum Interference Disappearing Act
92
Two Worlds Large and Small Earth and Atom
245
Computers Coins and Quanta Unexpected Outcomes of Random Events
279
82 To Switch or Not to SwitchThat Is the Question
281
How Random Is Random?
283
84 Random Acts of Measurement
294
85 Do Radioactive Nuclei Decay Randomly?
299
86 Mark off Time with Markov
316
The Quantum Perspective
320

34 Heretical Correlations
102
35 HBT Update
119
Quantum Beats and Giant Atoms
127
42 Anomalous Reversals
140
43 Quantum Implications of Traveling in Circles
155
44 LongDistance Beats
168
And Yet It Moves Exotic Atoms and the Invariance of Charge
181
52 The Electric Charge of a Moving Electron
187
53 The Exotic Atom
191
54 The Planetary Atom
197
Reflections on Light
203
How Light Gets Brighter When It Is up Against a Wall
206
63 Left and RightHanded Reflection
224
A Universe of Atoms Symmetry Unity Gravity and the Problem of Missing Mass
325
92 Symmetries for the Minds Eye
329
93 Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
342
94 What Is the Matter with Gravity?
348
95 Shedding Light on Dark Matter
364
96 A Galactic Superfluid?
371
97 And So
377
Science and Wonder
386
Selected Papers by the Author
396
About the Author
409
Index
411
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