The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - 315 pagine

Philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease tells the stories behind ten of the greatest equations in human history. Was Nobel laureate Richard Feynman really joking when he called Maxwell's electromagnetic equations the most significant event of the nineteenth century? How did Newton's law of gravitation influence young revolutionaries? Why has Euler's formula been called "God's equation," and why did a mysterious ecoterrorist make it his calling card? What role do betrayal, insanity, and suicide play in the second law of thermodynamics?

The Great Equations tells the stories of how these equations were discovered, revealing the personal struggles of their ingenious originators. From "1 + 1 = 2" to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Crease locates these equations in the panoramic sweep of Western history, showing how they are as integral to their time and place of creation as are great works of art.

 

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Review: The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

Recensione dell'utente  - CS Kahzinksy - Goodreads

Thick prose and winding explorations of involved physical concepts quickly turns this initially interesting read into a slog. This book requires more than a general (or rusty) understanding of math and physics to enjoy as a reader. Disappointing. Leggi recensione completa

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21
III
42
IV
46
V
65
VI
69
VII
88
VIII
91
IX
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XV
180
XVI
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XVII
209
XVIII
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XIX
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XXI
261
XXII
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XIV
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XXIII
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XXIV
299
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XXVI
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Informazioni sull'autore (2008)

Robert P. Crease is the chairman of the philosophy departmentat Stony Brook University and the author of severalbooks on science, including The Quantum Moment and TheGreat Equations. He lives in New York City.

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