9780465025275

Six Easy Pieces

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465025275

  • ISBN10:

    0465025277

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-22
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

The six easiest chapters from Feynman's landmark work, Lectures on Physics-- specifically designed for the general, non-scientist reader.

Author Biography

The late Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the twentieth century, both in physics and in the public arena.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Notep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Special Prefacep. xix
Feynman's Prefacep. xxv
Atoms in Motionp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Matter is made of atomsp. 4
Atomic processesp. 10
Chemical reactionsp. 15
Basic Physicsp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Physics before 1920p. 27
Quantum physicsp. 33
Nuclei and particlesp. 38
The Relation of Physics to Other Sciencesp. 47
Introductionp. 47
Chemistryp. 48
Biologyp. 49
Astronomyp. 59
Geologyp. 61
Psychologyp. 63
How did it get that way?p. 64
Conservation of Energyp. 69
What is energy?p. 69
Gravitational potential energyp. 72
Kinetic energyp. 80
Other forms of energyp. 81
The Theory of Gravitationp. 89
Planetary motionsp. 89
Kepler's lawsp. 90
Development of dynamicsp. 92
Newton's law of gravitationp. 94
Universal gravitationp. 98
Cavendish's experimentp. 104
What is gravity?p. 107
Gravity and relativityp. 112
Quantum Behaviorp. 115
Atomic mechanicsp. 115
An experiment with bulletsp. 117
An experiment with wavesp. 120
An experiment with electronsp. 122
The interference of electron wavesp. 124
Watching the electronsp. 127
First principles of quantum mechanicsp. 133
The uncertainty principlep. 136
Indexp. 139
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