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From clockwork to crapshoot : a history of physics, Roger G. Newton

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From clockwork to crapshoot : a history of physics
Title
From clockwork to crapshoot
Title remainder
a history of physics
Statement of responsibility
Roger G. Newton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"SCIENCE is about 6,000 years old, while physics emerged as a distinct branch some 2,500 years ago. As scientists discovered virtually countless facts about the world during this great span of time, the manner in which they explained the underlying structure of that world underwent a philosophical evolution. From Clockwork to Crapshoot provides the perspective needed to understand contemporary developments in physics in relation to philosophical traditions as far back as ancient Greece."--BOOK JACKET
Review
  • Popular science author Newton (Galileo's Pendulum ) misses many nooks and crannies of his subject in this too brief survey of the history of physics. He focuses primarily on astrophysics and atomic physics, which no such book can be without, but which many excellent books focus on exclusively. A third of the way through, Newton spends a chapter on other subjects; it's hard to believe that there were no advances in, say, mechanics before 1800 worthy of discussion. Toward the end of the book, the author discusses advanced properties of magnetism. Developments in mathematics take up space that could have been given to the nooks and crannies. Capsule biographies of giants of physics, such as Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell, help them come alive for readers. Newton writes well enough for general readers, but they would be advised to leave that space on their shelf for a more comprehensive overview of the field. B&w illus., 1 map. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 30, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 43, p48)
  • This book's subtitle is a bit misleading as the text is not a history of physics but rather a personal investigation into the development of scientific thought over the past six millennia. Writing from a physics perspective, Newton (emeritus, Indiana Univ.; Galileo's Pendulum ) uses biographical sketches combined with a history of the development of naturalistic theories to illustrate how the nature of basic philosophical questioning has evolved over time. Starting with the ancient Greeks, the author documents the shifting postulates of science from causality to probability, concluding with the equally interesting questions facing the 21st century. The text, which is written for lay readers interested in science, minimizes the use of technical language, figures, pictures, and notes. Suitable for all larger public libraries.— Ian Gordon, Brock Univ. Lib., St. Catharines, Ont. --Ian Gordon (Reviewed October 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 17, p86)
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Newton, Roger G
Dewey number
530
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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a history of physics
Label
From clockwork to crapshoot : a history of physics, Roger G. Newton
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
1. Beginnings -- 2. The Greek miracle -- 3. Science in the middle ages -- 4. The first revolution -- 5. Newton's legacy -- 6. New physics -- 7. Relativity -- 8. Statistical physics -- 9. Probability -- 10. The quantum revolution -- 11. Fields, nuclei, and stars -- 12. The properties of matter -- 13. The constituents of the universe
Control code
000040217930
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 340 p.
Isbn
9780674023376
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
From clockwork to crapshoot : a history of physics, Roger G. Newton
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
1. Beginnings -- 2. The Greek miracle -- 3. Science in the middle ages -- 4. The first revolution -- 5. Newton's legacy -- 6. New physics -- 7. Relativity -- 8. Statistical physics -- 9. Probability -- 10. The quantum revolution -- 11. Fields, nuclei, and stars -- 12. The properties of matter -- 13. The constituents of the universe
Control code
000040217930
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 340 p.
Isbn
9780674023376
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Other physical details
ill.

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