50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series)

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9781848667068: 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series)
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We encounter physics before we've even left the house in the morning; an alarm clock tracks time, a mirror reflects light waves and our mobile phones rely on satellites held in their orbit by gravity.

Where would we be without the Bernoulli equation to explain how planes fly, electromagnetic waves enabling us to communicate around the world or the discovery of X-rays? In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Joanne Baker will uncover the physics all around us, from basic concepts like gravity, light and energy through to the complexities of quantum theory, chaos and dark energy.

Featuring short biographies of iconic physicists, explanatory diagrams and timelines showing discoveries within their historical context, this book is the perfect guide to the fundamental concepts of physics, making even the most challenging theories easy to understand.

Contents include: Newton's law of gravitation, Brownian motion, Chaos theory, Fleming's right hand rule, Planck's law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's cat, Superconductivity, Rutherford's atom, Nuclear fission and fusion, The God particle, String theory, Special and general relativity, The big bang and the Anthropic principle.


In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know author Joanne Baker describes, in a sequence of 50 clear and concise essays, the discovery, significance and functioning of the laws, principles and theories that govern the workings of our universe.
As well as outlining and explaining such historic breakthroughs in human understanding of the physical world as Kepler's law of planetary motion and Newton's law of gravitation, Joanne Baker unravels the sometimes baffling complexities of modern scientific theory - from black holes to the Higgs boson and from Schrödinger's cat to string theory. The essays are accompanied by a range of useful features, including biographies of iconic physicists, timelines of related ideas, explanatory diagrams and quotations.
Lucid, readable and accessible, i>50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know is the perfect introduction to quantum theory, relativity and all of modern physics for the non-specialist, from a writer with a real gift for making its most complex and challenging concepts readily comprehensible to all.

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