50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Joanne Baker

Part of the 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series Series

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50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Synopsis

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.

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.

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ISBN: 9781848667068
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848667068
Publication date: 31st July 2014
Author: Joanne Baker
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science,
Categories: Popular science, Physics,

About Joanne Baker

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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