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Great Ideas in Physics

(1991)
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The conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics--together, these concepts form the foundation upon which modern physics was built. But the influence of these four landmark ideas has extended far beyond hard science. There is no aspect of twentieth-century culture--including the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics--that has not been profoundly influenced by them.

In Great Ideas in Physics, Alan Lightman clearly explains the physics behind each of the four great ideas and deftly untangles for lay readers such knotty concepts as entropy, the relativity of time, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Throughout the book he uses excerpts from the writings of scientific luminaries such as Newton, Kelvin, Einstein, and de Broglie to help place each in its proper historical perspective. And with the help of expertly annotated passages from the works of dozens of writers, philosophers, artists, and social theorists, Lightman explores the two-way influences of these landmark scientific concepts on our entire human culture and the world of ideas.



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January 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: Great Ideas in Physics
Author(s): Alan P Lightman
ISBN: 0-07-037935-1 / 978-0-07-037935-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
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June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Great Ideas in Physics
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-07-135738-6 / 978-0-07-135738-8 (USA edition)
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October 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Great Ideas in Physics
Author(s): Alan P Lightman
ISBN: 0-07-038048-1 / 978-0-07-038048-6 (USA edition)
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November 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Great Ideas in Physics
Author(s): Alan Lightman
ISBN: 0-07-037937-8 / 978-0-07-037937-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill
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