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The Great Equations

Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

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The Great Equations by Robert P Crease
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While we may be familiar with some of science's greatest equations, we may not know that each and every equation emerged not in "Eureka!" moments but in years of cultural developments and scientific knowledge. With vignettes full of humor, drama, and eccentricity, philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease shares the stories behind ten of history's greatest equations, from the "first equation," 1 + 1 = 2, which promises a rational, well-ordered world, to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which reveals the limitations of human knowledge. For every equation, Crease provides a brief account of who discovered it, what dissatisfactions lay behind its discovery, and what the equation says about the nature of our world.

Author Biography

Robert P. Crease writes the "Critical Point" column in Physics World and is a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University. His books include The Great Equations and World in the Balance.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
43 illustrations
Imprint
WW Norton & Co
Pages
320
Dimensions
140x208x20
ISBN-13
9780393337938
Product ID
3683496

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