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Physics over easy : breakfasts with Beth and physics
Azároff, Leonid V.
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Publication Information:
Singapore ; River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, [1996]

Physical Description:
ix, 243 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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QC24.5 .A93 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In easy-to-follow conversational language, this book reveals the mysteries of physics and tells about the physicists who made it possible, from the discovery of the laws of gravity by Isaac Newton and the construction of the first electric battery by Alessandro Volta, to the present century's development of solid-state electronics, nuclear arms and nuclear reactors, lasers, etc. The evolution of physics during four centuries is related in sixteen conversations that actually took place between the author, a professor of physics, and his wife, an intelligent listener not familiar with the subject. By asking questions and interjecting her own observations, she insists on sufficient clarity in the presentation so as to make the somewhat difficult seeming topics clearly understandable.

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Important ideas and theories are presented during "breakfast conversations" between Azaroff and his psychologist wife. Topics range from Aristotle to modern cosmology, and include Newtonian physics, thermodynamics, electricity, solid state physics, magnetism, waves, optics, special theory of relativity, the hydrogen atom, wave mechanics, structure of the atom, radioactivity, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, conservation laws, and the Standard Model. All topics are presented descriptively, without mathematics; no mathematical or science preparation is necessary to read the book. Previous informal or formal experience with physics or science would help most readers, since the author does not treat in depth any of the many areas discussed. Appropriate for individuals with little or no formal training in science, for whom it could stimulate an interest in physics. General. D. S. Fielder SUNY College at Oneonta