Twentieth Century Physics

ISBN 13: 9780750303101

Twentieth Century Physics

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9780750303101: Twentieth Century Physics

Twentieth Century Physics, Second Edition is a major historical study of the scientific and cultural development of physics in the twentieth century. This unique three-volume work offers a scholarly but highly readable overview of the development of physics, addressing both the cultural and the scientific aspects of the discipline. The three volumes deal with the major themes of physics in a quasi-chronological manner. The first volume covers the early part of the century while the second and third volumes discuss more recent issues. In each case, the development of the theme is traced from its inception to the present day. The list of contributors includes Nobel laureates, fellows of the Royal Society, and other distinguished international physicists. Where appropriate, specialists in the history of physics have written their own commentaries, providing a valuable counterpoint to the physicists' perspectives.

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The three volumes are easy to handle, there are excellent subject and name indices and extensive lists of references at the ends of most of the chapters ... Twentieth Century Physics ought to be in every library used by graduate or undergraduate students. If it falls between two stools-neither a reference book nor exactly science history-this is not a bad thing.
-Times Higher Educational Supplement, 15 March 1996

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