Archimedes to Hawking 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 legislation of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our daily lives and our figuring out of the universe.
all through this interesting publication, Clifford Pickover invitations us to percentage within the outstanding adventures of fabulous, quirky, and passionate humans after whom those legislation are named. those lawgivers become a desirable, varied, and infrequently eccentric staff of individuals. Many have been super flexible polymaths--human dynamos with a possible countless offer of interest and effort and who labored in lots of diverse components 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 affliction. Pickover examines greater than forty nice legislation, offering short and cogent introductions to the technology in the back of the legislation in addition to enticing biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. all through, he comprises attention-grabbing, little-known tidbits when it comes to 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 could have a hands-on realizing of the appliance of the law.
A sweeping survey of clinical discovery in addition to an interesting portrait gallery of a few of the best minds in heritage, this outstanding quantity will have interaction every person attracted to technology and the actual international or within the staggering creativity of those impressive thinkers.
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