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Accurate Clock Pendulums

Accurate Clock Pendulums

Robert J. Matthys

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The Shortt clock, made in the 1920s, is the most famous accurate clock pendulum ever known, having an accuracy of one second per year when kept at nearly constant temperature. Almost all of a ... More

The Age of InnocenceNuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars

The Age of Innocence: Nuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars

Roger H. Stuewer

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827870
eISBN:
9780191866586
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827870.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Nuclear and Plasma Physics

Nuclear physics emerged as the dominant field in experimental and theoretical physics between 1919 and 1939, the two decades between the First and Second World Wars. Milestones were Ernest ... More

Atoms, Mechanics, and ProbabilityLudwig Boltzmann's Statistico-Mechanical Writings - An Exegesis

Atoms, Mechanics, and Probability: Ludwig Boltzmann's Statistico-Mechanical Writings - An Exegesis

Olivier Darrigol

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198816171
eISBN:
9780191853661
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816171.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics, History of Physics

One of the pillars of modern science, statistical mechanics, owes much to one man, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (1844–1906). As a result of his unusual working and writing styles, his ... More

Beyond the Dynamical UniverseUnifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey, and Timothy McDevitt

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807087
eISBN:
9780191844850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807087.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, History of Physics

Theoretical physics and foundations of physics have not made much progress in the last few decades. There is no consensus among researchers on how to approach unifying general relativity and quantum ... More

Budapest ScientificA Guidebook

Budapest Scientific: A Guidebook

István Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198719076
eISBN:
9780191788420
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719076.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This guidebook introduces the reader—the scientific tourist and others—to the visible memorabilia of science and scientists in Budapest—statues, busts, plaques, buildings, and other artefacts. ... More

Civilized Life in the UniverseScientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

George Basalla

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book records the long scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Although philosophical speculation about alien civilizations dates to antiquity, the invention of the telescope ... More

Climbing the MountainThe Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Jagdish Mehra and Kimball Milton

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198527459
eISBN:
9780191709593
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Julian Schwinger was one of the leading theoretical physicists of the 20th century. His contributions are as important, and as pervasive, as those of Richard Feynman, with whom he shared the 1965 ... More

Cosmic AngerAbdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist

Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist

Gordon Fraser

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199208463
eISBN:
9780191708954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208463.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book presents a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for Science (Physics 1979), who was nevertheless excommunicated and branded as a heretic in his own country. His ... More

Crystal ClearThe Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg

Crystal Clear: The Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg

A.M. Glazer and Patience Thomson (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198744306
eISBN:
9780191805721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744306.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography, History of Physics

This book takes you behind the scenes in the life of one of the most prominent scientists of the twentieth century, William Lawrence Bragg (WLB). He was an innovative genius who, together with his ... More

Discussing Chemistry and SteamThe Minutes of a Coffee House Philosophical Society 1780-1787

Discussing Chemistry and Steam: The Minutes of a Coffee House Philosophical Society 1780-1787

Trevor H. Levere and Gerard L'E Turner (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198515302
eISBN:
9780191705694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515302.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book contains an edition of the Minutes of the Coffee House Philosophical Society 1780-1787, as transcribed by William Nicholson, the secretary to the society. The 1780s were exciting years for ... More

Energy, the Subtle ConceptThe discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein

Energy, the Subtle Concept: The discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein

Jennifer Coopersmith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716747
eISBN:
9780191800955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716747.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

Energy is explained through its history. Newton missed ‘energy’, Leibniz defined kinetic energy, and potential energy emerged from ideas about stored ‘live force’, the concept of ‘work’, analyses of ... More

Ether and ModernityThe recalcitrance of an epistemic object in the early twentieth century

Ether and Modernity: The recalcitrance of an epistemic object in the early twentieth century

Jaume Navarro (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198797258
eISBN:
9780191838750
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797258.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book is a snapshot of the ether qua epistemic object in the early twentieth century. It shows that the ether was not necessarily regarded as the residue of old-fashioned science, but often as ... More

Exploring the PlanetsA Memoir

Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Fred Taylor

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book is an informal, semi-autobiographical history, from the particular viewpoint of someone who was involved, of the exploration of the Solar System using spacecraft. The author is a ... More

From Strange Simplicity to Complex FamiliarityA Treatise on Matter, Information, Life and Thought

From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity: A Treatise on Matter, Information, Life and Thought

Manfred Eigen

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780198570219
eISBN:
9780191748974
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570219.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book presents a vivid argument for the almost lost idea of a unity of all natural sciences. It starts with the "strange" physics of matter, including particle physics, atomic and quantum ... More

Galileo UnboundA Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

David D. Nolte

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198805847
eISBN:
9780191843808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805847.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, The Universe and Everything traces the journey that brought us from Galileo’s law of free fall to today’s geneticists measuring evolutionary drift, entangled ... More

Geophysics, Realism, and IndustryHow Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900–1960

Geophysics, Realism, and Industry: How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900–1960

Aitor Anduaga

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755159
eISBN:
9780191816529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755159.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Have industry and commerce affected the concepts, values, and epistemic foundations of different sciences? If so, how and to what extent? This book suggests that the most significant influence of ... More

Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind

Hans Christian Ørsted: Reading Nature's Mind

Dan Ch. Christensen

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199669264
eISBN:
9780191748745
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Hans Christian Ørsted (1777–1851), the discoverer of electromagnetism, came to be of great importance as a scientist and philosopher far beyond the borders of Denmark and his own time. The centre of ... More

HologramsA Cultural History

Holograms: A Cultural History

Sean F. Johnston

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198712763
eISBN:
9780191781131
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712763.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Holograms have been in the public eye for over a half-century, but their influences have deeper cultural roots. No other visual experience is quite like interacting with holograms; no other cultural ... More

Holographic VisionsA History of New Science

Holographic Visions: A History of New Science

Sean Johnston

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198571223
eISBN:
9780191718908
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198571223.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Holography exploded on the scientific world in 1964, but its slow fuse had been burning much longer. Over the next four decades, the echoes of that explosion reached scientists, engineers, artists, ... More

Illustrating the PhaenomenaCelestial cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Illustrating the Phaenomena: Celestial cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Elly Dekker

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199609697
eISBN:
9780191745645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609697.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The introduction in antiquity of the moving sphere as a model for understanding the celestial phenomena provided the momentum for making celestial globes and mapping the stars. The globe is the most ... More

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