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Laws and models : science, engineering, and technology
Hall, Carl W.
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Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, [2000]

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xxxi, 524 pages ; 26 cm
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Q40 .H35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The "laws" that govern our physical universe come in many guises-as principles, theorems, canons, equations, axioms, models, and so forth. They may be empirical, statistical, or theoretical, their names may reflect the person who first expressed them, the person who publicized them, or they might simply describe a phenomenon. However they may be named, the discovery and application of physical laws have formed the backbone of the sciences for 3,000 years.

They exist by thousands. Laws and Models: Science, Engineering, and Technology-the fruit of almost 40 years of collection and research-compiles more than 1,200 of the laws and models most frequently encountered and used by engineers and technologists. The result is a collection as fascinating as it is useful. Each entry consists of a statement of the law or model, its date of origin, a one-line biography of the people involved in its formulation, sources of information about the law, and cross-references.
Illustrated and highly readable, this book offers a unique presentation of the vast and rich collection of laws that rule our universe. Everyone with an interest in the inner workings of nature-from engineers to students, from teachers to journalists-will find Laws and Models to be not only a handy reference, but an engaging volume to read and browse.

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Discovery in the sciences and engineering is based on the systematic gathering of data that is underpinned by laws: laws form the framework of research. Collectively, they explain the interaction of the constituent elements that compose our physical environment. Students learn about or sometimes stumble over applicable laws through lectures and textbooks, but often the laws are only names attached to mathematical expressions. Hall comes to the rescue, bringing together for perhaps the first time in a single reference work more than 1,500 of the most common or important laws and models (sometimes better known as principles, theorems, equations, canons, axioms, etc.). He provides in alphabetical arrangement the name of the law, often the year most associated with its articulation, a brief definition, mathematical expressions, keywords, full name of the discoverer of the law with birth and death dates, professional field, and references to key works in the literature. For example, Nerst Law on the solubility of salt in solution was developed in 1889 by Walther Hermann Nerst (1854-1941), a German physical chemist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1920); keywords are "chemistry," "ion," "salt," and "solubility." Although illustrations are few in number, the entry for each law is sufficient for a handbook. An excellent purchase and one not likely to become dated for many years. J. M. Robson; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology