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By Clifford Pickover

ISBN-10: 0195336119

ISBN-13: 9780195336115

</em>Archimedes to Hawking</em> takes the reader on a trip around the centuries because it explores the eponymous actual laws--from Archimedes' legislation of Buoyancy and Kepler's legislation of Planetary movement to Heisenberg's Uncertainty precept and Hubble's legislations of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our daily lives and our figuring out of the universe.
all through this attention-grabbing publication, Clifford Pickover invitations us to percentage within the notable adventures of tremendous, quirky, and passionate humans after whom those legislation are named. those lawgivers change into a desirable, diversified, and infrequently eccentric workforce of individuals. Many have been super flexible polymaths--human dynamos with a doubtless endless provide of interest and effort and who labored in lots of diverse parts in technological know-how. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their strange skills from an early age. a few skilled resistance to their principles, inflicting major own discomfort. Pickover examines greater than forty nice legislation, offering short and cogent introductions to the technology at the back of the legislation in addition to enticing biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. all through, he contains interesting, little-known tidbits on the subject of the legislation or lawgiver, and he offers cross-references to different legislation or equations pointed out within the ebook. For a number of entries, he comprises easy numerical examples and solved difficulties in order that readers may have a hands-on knowing of the applying of the law.
A sweeping survey of medical discovery in addition to an interesting portrait gallery of a few of the best minds in historical past, this marvelous quantity will interact every person drawn to technological know-how and the actual international or within the brilliant creativity of those impressive thinkers.

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Even at these dizzying heights we must ponder the same deep questions that troubled both Plato and Immanuel Kant. What is reality? Does it lie in our mind, expressed by mathematical formulae, or is it “out there”? —Sir Michael Atiyah, “Pulling the Strings,” Nature Our mathematical models of physical reality are far from complete, but they provide us with schemes that model reality with great precision—a precision enormously exceeding that of any description that is free of mathematics. ” New Scientist Marilyn vos Savant has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest IQ in the world—an awe-inspiring 228.

This book is organized chronologically, according to the year that a law was discovered. In some cases, the literature may report slightly different dates for the discovery of a law because some sources give the publication date as the discovery date of a law, while other sources give the actual date that a law was discovered, regardless of the fact that the publication date is sometimes a year or more later. In many cases, if I am uncertain of a precise earlier date of discovery, I have used the publication date for a law.

My goal in writing Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them is to provide a wide audience with a brief guide to important scientific ideas and thinkers, with entries short enough to digest in a few minutes. Most laws are accompanied by an equation. Readers need not dwell on these formulas to understand the gist of an idea. Sometimes, simply seeing how the laws are expressed in a mathematical notation gives readers an indication of the compactness of a law. D. may be required to master some of these laws, only a few pages are needed to state their essence.

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