The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy by John L. HeilbronThe Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy by John L. Heilbron

The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy

EditorJohn L. Heilbron

Hardcover | April 22, 2005

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With over 150 alphabetically arranged entries about key scientists, concepts, discoveries, technological innovations, and learned institutions, the Oxford Guide to Physics and Astronomy traces the history of physics and astronomy from the Renaissance to the present. For students, teachers,historians, scientists, and readers of popular science books such as Galileo's Daughter, this guide deciphers the methods and philosophies of physics and astronomy as well as the historical periods from which they emerged. Meant to serve the lay reader and the professional alike, this book can beturned to for the answer to how scientists learned to measure the speed of light, or consulted for neat, careful summaries of topics as complicated as quantum field theory and as vast as the universe. The entries, each written by a noted scholar and edited by J. L. Heilbron, Professor of History and Vice Chancellor, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, reflect the most up-to-date research and discuss the applications of the scientific disciplines to the wider world of religion, law,war, art and literature. No other source on these two branches of science is as informative or as inviting. Thoroughly cross-referenced and accented by dozens of black and white illustrations, the Oxford Guide to Physics and Astronomy is the source to turn to for anyone looking for a quickexplanation of alchemy, x-rays and any type of matter or energy in between.

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John L. Heilbron is Professor of History and Vice Chancellor, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. His most recent books include The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories, and Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, Technique.
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Title:The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and AstronomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:April 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195171985

ISBN - 13:9780195171983

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