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From clockwork to crapshoot

a history of physics

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        StatementBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
        PublishersBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
        LC Classifications2006
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 84 p. :
        Number of Pages62
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        ISBN 100674023374

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Newton manages to maintain a consistent level and style, and to say just enough about the difficult issues to get the reader interested but not overwhelmed Stephen G. Along the way, he gives brief explanations of the scientific concepts at issue, biographical thumbnail sketches of the protagonists, and descriptions of the changing instruments that enabled scientists to make their discoveries. If the earth were rotating, the bow would share the horizontal motion of the ground and impart it to the arrow launched by it.

He is magnificent at explaining the profound influence of mathematics on the development of physics. With this change, Newton finds another fundamental shift in the focus of physicists—from the cause of dynamics or motion to structure of the world.

Democritus From clockwork to crapshoot Abdera, born c. Science is about 6000 years old while physics emerged as a distinct branch some 2500 years ago. Science News Newton's account is superb. The newly acquired writing skills enabled them to advance beyond the oral Homeric lore. Sign in to use this feature. It is enhanced by lucid exposition of challenges and concepts, with engaging portraits of many avid actors in a grand, abiding drama.

As scientists discovered virtually countless facts about the world during this great span of time, the manner in which they explained the underlying structure of that world underwent a philosophical evolution.


His work identifies what may well be the defining characteristic of physics in the twenty-first century.From the properties of matter to the constituents of the universe, this book illustrates how discoveries old and new have created modern physics.

Archimedes later credited Democritus with the discovery that the volumes of a cone and a pyramid are one third of those of a cylinder and prism, respectively, of the same base ckockwork height, though exactly clockkwork he discovered historh fact, later proved by Eudoxos, is not known.