50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

Hardback 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know Series

By (author) Joanne Baker

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 201mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847240070
  • ISBN 13: 9781847240071
  • Illustrations note: 50 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 47,084

Product description

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.

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Author information

Joanne Baker studied Natural Sciences 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.

Table of contents

Mach's principle Fraunhofer diffraction Nuclear fission Newton's laws of motion Doppler effect Nuclear fusion Kepler's laws of planetary motion Ohm's Law Feynman diagram Newton's laws of gravitation Fleming's right-hand rule The God particle Conservation of energy Maxwell's equations String theory Simple harmonic motion Planck's law Special relativity Hooke's law Photoelectric effect General relativity Ideal gas law Schrodinger's wave equation Black holes Second law of thermodynamics Heisenberg's uncertainty principle Olber's paradox Absolute zero Copenhagen interpretation Hubble's law Brownian motion Schrodinger's cat The Big Bang Chaos Einstein Podolsky Rosen paradox Inflation Bernouilli equation Pauli exclusion principle Dark matter Newton's theory of colour Superconductivity Dark energy Huygen's principle Rutherford's model of the atom Fermi Paradox Snell's law Antimatter Anthropic principle Bragg's law The standard model of particle physics