On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants : The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS tells a compelling story, using original papers from Einstein, Copernicus, Galilei, Kepler and Newton. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explains how these works changed the course of science, ushering astronomy and physics out of the Middle Ages and into the modern world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1280 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 54mm | 864g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0141015713
  • 9780141015712
  • 85,669

Table of contents

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543): his life and work; "On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - his life and work; "Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences". Johannes Kepler (1571-1630): his life and work; "Harmony of the World" book five. Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727): his life and work; "Principia". Albert Einstein (1879-1955): his life and work; selections from "The Principle of Relativity".
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..".Hawking gives these works a setting that is elegantly simple, and in its simplicity, effectively broadening."
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About Stephen Hawking

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge (Newton's old position). He is the author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Curiously, Hawking was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died.
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