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50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know by Joanne Baker

50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

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The perfect introduction to the central ideas of physics in 50 concise essays.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Popular science is an entertaining way to gain a better understanding of the world, or universe around us. It is sorely needed in the most intimidating of sciences, physics, and Baker does her best to offer us a foundation course in the key areas of the subject, bringing us up-to-date with where the subject stands today. With section on motion, waves, quantum theories, atoms, and space and time, this book explains the principles, presents the laws and explains the nuances. From Pauli’s exclusion principle to Bragg’s law, it is all here in digestible, but non-patronising, black-and-white.
~ Jonathan North


50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know by Joanne Baker

We encounter physics before we've even left the house in the morning; an alarm clock tracks time, a mirror reflects light waves and our mobile phones rely on satellites held in their orbit by gravity. Where would we be without the Bernoulli equation to explain how planes fly, electromagnetic waves enabling us to communicate around the world or the discovery of X-rays? In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Joanne Baker will uncover the physics all around us, from basic concepts like gravity, light and energy through to the complexities of quantum theory, chaos and dark energy. Featuring short biographies of iconic physicists, explanatory diagrams and timelines showing discoveries within their historical context, this book is the perfect guide to the fundamental concepts of physics, making even the most challenging theories easy to understand. Contents include: Newton's law of gravitation, Brownian motion, Chaos theory, Fleming's right hand rule, Planck's law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's cat, Superconductivity, Rutherford's atom, Nuclear fission and fusion, The God particle, String theory, Special and general relativity, The big bang and the Anthropic principle.

About the Author

Joanne Baker studied Physics at Cambridge and took her PhD at the University of Sydney in 1995. She is a physical science editor at Science magazine, where her speciality is space and earth science. She has also written Universe: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know for Quercus.

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Publication date

31st July 2014


Joanne Baker

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Quercus Publishing


208 pages


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