Archimedes to Hawking takes the reader on a trip around the centuries because it explores the eponymous actual laws--from Archimedes' legislations of Buoyancy and Kepler's legislation of Planetary movement to Heisenberg's Uncertainty precept and Hubble's legislations of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our daily lives and our realizing of the universe.
all through this attention-grabbing booklet, Clifford Pickover invitations us to proportion within the awesome adventures of fabulous, quirky, and passionate humans after whom those legislation are named. those lawgivers grow to be a desirable, different, and occasionally eccentric crew of individuals. Many have been super flexible polymaths--human dynamos with a doubtless endless provide of interest and effort and who labored in lots of diverse components in technological know-how. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their strange skills from an early age. a few skilled resistance to their rules, inflicting major own ache. Pickover examines greater than forty nice legislation, offering short and cogent introductions to the technology at the back of the legislation in addition to enticing biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. all through, he contains attention-grabbing, little-known tidbits with regards to the legislation or lawgiver, and he presents cross-references to different legislation or equations pointed out within the e-book. For numerous entries, he comprises easy numerical examples and solved difficulties in order that readers may have a hands-on figuring out of the appliance of the law.
A sweeping survey of clinical discovery in addition to an interesting portrait gallery of a few of the best minds in heritage, this fantastic quantity will interact every body drawn to technology and the actual global or within the remarkable creativity of those fabulous thinkers.
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