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The Resource Explaining the universe : the new age of physics, John M. Charap

Explaining the universe : the new age of physics, John M. Charap

Label
Explaining the universe : the new age of physics
Title
Explaining the universe
Title remainder
the new age of physics
Statement of responsibility
John M. Charap
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: John Charap offers a panoramic view of the physicist's world as the twenty-first century opens. The view is entirely different from the one that greeted the twentieth century. We have learned that the universe is billions of galaxies larger than we imagined--and billions of years older. We know more about how it came to be and what it is. Because of physics, we live in a world of greater danger and more convenience, smaller particles and bigger ideas. Charap introduces these ideas but spares us the math behind them. After a review of the twentieth century's thorough transformation of physics, he checks in on the latest findings from particle physics, astrophysics, chaos theory, and cosmology. His tour includes ongoing efforts to find the universe's missing matter and to account for the first moments after the big bang. Taking readers right to the field's speculative edge, he explains how superstring theory may finally unite quantum mechanics with general relativity to produce a consistent quantum theory of gravity. Along the way, Charap poses the questions that continue to inspire research. Why is the universe flat? Why can't we forecast weather better? Can Schrodinger's cat really be simultaneously dead and alive? Why does fractal geometry keep showing up in strange places? Might spacetime have eleven dimensions? What does quantum mechanics mean about the nature of our world? In this book's pages, the nonphysicist will accept as commonsensical Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, and physicists can meet across specialties. Students can access physics' critical concepts, and poets can learn a new language to describe the universe's many wonders. Taking us from the ultraviolet catastrophe that undid the Newtonian world to tomorrow's Theory of Everything, Charap brings today's most fascinating science down to Earth, where we can all enjoy it
Cataloging source
INARC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Charap, John M
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physics
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Physics
Label
Explaining the universe : the new age of physics, John M. Charap
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-217) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Order out of Chaos
  • 6.
  • Your Place or Mine
  • 7.
  • Many Histories, Many Futures
  • 8.
  • Microcosm
  • 9.
  • Weighty Matters
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Strings
  • 11.
  • In the Beginning
  • 12.
  • Down to Earth
  • 13.
  • Epilogue
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Physics 1900
  • 3.
  • Heavens Above
  • 4.
  • Chance and Certainty
Control code
on1034674016
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187006
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations (some color))
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv323ftp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1034674016
Label
Explaining the universe : the new age of physics, John M. Charap
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-217) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Order out of Chaos
  • 6.
  • Your Place or Mine
  • 7.
  • Many Histories, Many Futures
  • 8.
  • Microcosm
  • 9.
  • Weighty Matters
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Strings
  • 11.
  • In the Beginning
  • 12.
  • Down to Earth
  • 13.
  • Epilogue
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Physics 1900
  • 3.
  • Heavens Above
  • 4.
  • Chance and Certainty
Control code
on1034674016
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187006
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations (some color))
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv323ftp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1034674016

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