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Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Sidney Perkowitz

July 2019

ISBN: 9780198813941

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Physics encompasses all levels of nature from the subatomic to the cosmic, and underlies much of the technology around us. From modern quantum mechanics to cosmology, digital electronics, and energy production, this book discusses why physics is worth doing and how physicists do it.

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Physics encompasses all levels of nature from the subatomic to the cosmic, and underlies much of the technology around us. From modern quantum mechanics to cosmology, digital electronics, and energy production, this book discusses why physics is worth doing and how physicists do it.

  • Covers all areas of physics, from quantum mechanics to energy production
  • Explores how experiment and theory are involved in the doing of physics, and recent results such as the discovery of gravitational waves
  • Discusses the applications of physics in society, technology, and medicine
  • Analyses how physics works, including who funds it, how physicists are trained, and how they think
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Physics, Emory University

Sidney Perkowitz is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University, during which time he has produced over 100 research papers and books with funding from the US government, industry, and foundations. Now, as Professor Emeritus, he presents science for non-scientists, and is the author of several books, including Universal Foam: From Cappuccino to the Cosmos (Walker Publishing, 2000), and Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, the Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley's Creation (Pegasus Books, 2018). He has written articles for publications including the Washington Post, New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and has appeared on outlets including CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, in 2015, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Table of Contents

    1: It all began with the Greeks
    2: What physics covers and what it doesn't
    3: How physics works
    4: Physics applied and extended
    5: A force in society
    6: Future physics: unanswered questions
    Further reading
    Index

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