Four Laws That Drive the Universe


Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191614386
Category: Science
Page: 120
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The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.

Galileos Finger

die zehn großen Ideen der Naturwissenschaft
Author: Peter W. Atkins
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783608941258
Category: Discoveries in science
Page: 526
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Relativitätstheorien


Author: Russell Stannard
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783150186923
Category:
Page: 172
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Es funktioniert!

Vom Vergnügen, endlich Physik zu verstehen
Author: Walter Lewin,Warren Goldstein
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 3641069610
Category: Science
Page: 384
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Die besten Erklärungen des Kult-Professores. Physik verstehen und dabei auch noch Spaß haben? Unmöglich? Generationen begeisterter Zuhörer beweisen das Gegenteil. Mit Wissenschaftsstar Walter Lewin wird das, was jeder über Physik wissen sollte, zum rasanten Abenteuer. Wildly entertaining! Über 30 Jahre lang hält Walter Lewin am MIT eine Einführungsvorlesung für Physik, die unter Studenten Kultstatus hat. Hinter jeder Stunde Unterricht stecken 40 Stunden Vorbereitung. Sein Publikum soll Spaß haben an Fragen, die es sich ohne Physik nie gestellt hätte. Es soll die Schönheit der Naturgesetze entdecken - nicht einfach Formeln von der Tafel abschreiben. Vor einer Abrissbirne begibt sich der Kultprofessor in Lebensgefahr, und keiner vergisst jemals die Umwandlung von Lage- in Bewegungsenergie. Aus Liebe zur Physik wird bei Walter Lewin Begeisterung, und die ist hochansteckend!

50 Schlüsselideen Physik


Author: Joanne Baker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3827421691
Category: Science
Page: 208
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In diesem Band der "50 Schlüsselideen"-Reihe präsentiert Joanne Baker für ein breites Publikum die grundlegenden Konzepte der Physik. Sie führt ihre Leser in 50 Stationen durch die historischen Meilensteine in der Entwicklung der Disziplin, durch die bedeutsamen Theorien und die großen Fragen. Jedem Konzept sind zwei Doppelseiten gewidmet; zahlreiche informative Exkurse, einfache Grafiken und kurze Zeitleisten begleiten den Grundtext. Endlich wird Physik nachvollziehbar und verständlich. Lassen Sie sich zu einer spannenden Entdeckungsreise in den Mikro- und Makrokosmos einladen und gewinnen Sie Schritt für Schritt ein Gefühl für das Gedankengebäude der modernen Physik.

Quantentheorie

eine Einführung
Author: John C. Polkinghorne
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783150188613
Category:
Page: 176
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Warum ist E = mc2?

Einsteins berühmte Formel verständlich erklärt
Author: Brian Cox,Jeff Forshaw
Publisher: Kosmos
ISBN: 3440152065
Category: Science
Page: 256
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E = mc2 ist die berühmteste Formel der Welt. Mit ihr brachte Einstein es auf den Punkt: Energie und Masse sind zwei Seiten derselben Medaille und die Lichtgeschwindigkeit c ist ihr Wechselkurs. Doch warum besteht dieses so einfache Verhältnis? Wie ist Albert Einstein zu diesem Schluss gekommen? Und welche Folgen für das Verständnis des Universums ergeben sich daraus? Brian Cox, Professor für Physik und in England durch seine Sendungen auf BBC sehr bekannt, hat sich zusammen mit seinem Kollegen Jeff Forshaw, Professor für theoretische Physik, die scheinbar einfache Einstein-Gleichung vorgenommen, um sie mit viel Energie ausführlich und verständlich zu erklären.

LaborARTorium

Forschung im Denkraum zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst. Eine Methodenreflexion
Author: Anna-Sophie Jürgens,Tassilo Tesche
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839429692
Category: Art
Page: 336
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Im Fokus von »LaborARTorium« stehen hochaktuelle theoretische und praktische Zugänge zur künstlerischen Forschung als epistemische und welterschließende Praxis. Beiträge namhafter Akteure (Dombois, Klein, Lang) präsentieren Momentaufnahmen zu Fragen der Institutionalisierung künstlerischer Forschung, blicken zurück und visionär voraus. Aufsätze aus verschiedenen geisteswissenschaftlichen Perspektiven reflektieren zudem Forschung im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft und Kunst. Die Herangehens- und Sichtweisen von 17 einzigartigen Forschungsprojekten lassen sich als Grundlage für eine interdisziplinäre Methodenreflexion verstehen und geben konkrete Antworten auf die Frage, wie Kunst und Wissenschaft in der Forschung als gegenseitige Bereicherung gedacht werden können.

Conjuring the Universe

The Origins of the Laws of Nature
Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198813376
Category: Science
Page: 208
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The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? Peter Atkins considers the minimum effort needed to equip the Universe with its laws and its constants. He explores the origin of the conservation of energy, of electromagnetism, of classical and quantum mechanics, and of thermodynamics, showing how all these laws spring from deep symmetries. The revolutionary result is a short but immensely rich weaving together of the fundamental ideas of physics. With his characteristic wit, erudition, and economy, Atkins sketches out how the laws of Nature can spring from very little. Or arguably from nothing at all.

Four Laws That Drive the Universe


Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191647632
Category: Science
Page: 144
View: 9686
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The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.

Physikalische Chemie


Author: Peter W. Atkins,Julio de Paula,Michael Bär,Anna Schleitzer,Carsten Heinisch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527315462
Category: Science
Page: 1220
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Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191003115
Category: Science
Page: 144
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With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there can be no doubt that physical chemistry is a vitally important field. It is also perceived as the most daunting branch of chemistry, being necessarily grounded in physics and mathematics and drawing as it does on quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical thermodynamics. With his typical clarity and hardly a formula in sight, Peter Atkins' Very Short Introduction explores the contributions physical chemistry has made to all branches of chemistry. Providing an insight into its central concepts Atkins reveals the cultural contributions physical chemistry has made to our understanding of the natural world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Raymond Wacks
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191510645
Category: Law
Page: 152
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The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life. Legal philosophy, or jurisprudence, explores the notion of law and its role in society, illuminating its meaning and its relation to the universal questions of justice, rights, and morality. In this Very Short Introduction Raymond Wacks analyses the nature and purpose of the legal system, and the practice by courts, lawyers, and judges. Wacks reveals the intriguing and challenging nature of legal philosophy with clarity and enthusiasm, providing an enlightening guide to the central questions of legal theory. In this revised edition Wacks makes a number of updates including new material on legal realism, changes to the approach to the analysis of law and legal theory, and updates to historical and anthropological jurisprudence. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Chemistry

A Very Short Introduction
Author: Peter Atkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199683972
Category: Science
Page: 144
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A look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, in order to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture.

Chemical Fundamentals of Geology and Environmental Geoscience


Author: Robin Gill
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118957946
Category: Science
Page: 288
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Chemical principles are fundamental to the Earth sciences, andgeoscience students increasingly require a firm grasp of basicchemistry to succeed in their studies. The enlarged third editionof this highly regarded textbook introduces the student to such‘geo-relevant’ chemistry, presented in the same lucidand accessible style as earlier editions, but the new edition hasbeen strengthened in its coverage of environmental geoscience andincorporates a new chapter introducing isotope geochemistry. The book comprises three broad sections. The first (Chapters1–4) deals with the basic physical chemistry of geologicalprocesses. The second (Chapters 5–8) introduces thewave-mechanical view of the atom and explains the various types ofchemical bonding that give Earth materials their diverse anddistinctive properties. The final chapters (9–11) survey thegeologically relevant elements and isotopes, and explain theirformation and their abundances in the cosmos and the Earth. Thebook concludes with an extensive glossary of terms; appendicescover basic maths, explain basic solution chemistry, and list thechemical elements and the symbols, units and constants used in thebook.

Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Peter Molnar
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191043966
Category: Science
Page: 152
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The 1960s revealed a new and revolutionary idea in geological thought: that the continents drift with respect to one another. After having been dismissed for decades as absurd, the concept gradually became part of geology's basic principles. We now know that the Earth's crust and upper mantle consist of a small number of rigid plates that move, and there are significant boundaries between pairs of plates, usually known as earthquake belts. Plate tectonics now explains much of the structure and phenomena we see today: how oceans form, widen, and disappear; why earthquakes and volcanoes are found in distinct zones which follow plate boundaries; how the great mountain ranges of the world were built. The impact of plate tectonics is studied closely as these processes continue: the Himalaya continues to grow, the Atlantic is widening, and new oceans are forming. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Molnar provides a succinct and authoritative account of the nature and mechanisms of plate tectonics and its impact on our understanding of Earth. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The American West: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Stephen Aron
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199858950
Category: History
Page: 240
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Part geographical location, part time period, and part state of mind, the American West is a concept often invoked but rarely defined. Though popular culture has carved out a short and specific time and place for the region, author and longtime Californian Stephen Aron tracks "the West" from the building of the Cahokia Mounds around 900 AD to the post-World War II migration to California. His Very Short Introduction stretches the chronology, enlarges the geography, and varies the casting, providing a history of the American West that is longer, larger, and more complicated than popular culture has previously suggested. It is a history of how portions of North America became Wests, how parts of these became American, and how ultimately American Wests became the American West. Aron begins by describing the expansion of Indian North America in the centuries before and during its early encounters with Europeans. He then explores the origins of American westward expansion from the Seven Years' War to the 1830s, focusing on the western frontier at the time: the territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. He traces the narrative - temporally and geographically - through the discovery of gold in California in the mid-nineteenth century and the subsequent rush to the Pacific Slope. He shows how the passage of the Newlands Reclamation Act in 1902 brought an unprecedented level of federal control to the region, linking the West more closely to the rest of the United States, and how World War II brought a new rush of population (particularly to California), further raising the federal government's profile in the region and heightening the connections between the West and the wider world. Authoritative, lucid, and ranging widely over issues of environment, people, and identity, this is the American West stripped of its myths. The complex convergence of peoples, polities, and cultures that has decisively shaped the history of the American West serves as the key interpretive thread through this Very Short Introduction. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Damien Keown
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191640506
Category: Religion
Page: 160
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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, and gender. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The European Union: A Very Short Introduction


Author: John Pinder,Simon Usherwood
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191503940
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a range of topics, including the Union's early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between 'eurosceptics' and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper. In this fully updated third edition, Pinder and Usherwood incorporate new material on the Lisbon treaty, the EU fiscal crisis, the state of the single Euro currency in its wake, and conclude by considering the future of the Union and the choices and challenges that may lie ahead. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Climate: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Mark Maslin
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191653934
Category: Science
Page: 152
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In this wide-ranging Very Short Introduction to climate, Mark Maslin considers all aspects of the global climate system, exploring and explaining the different components that control climate on Earth. He considers the processes that allow energy to reach the Earth and how it is redistributed around the planet by the ocean-atmosphere system; the relationship and differences between climate and the weather; how climate has affected life on Earth and human settlements; and the cyclic and quasi-cyclic features of climate such as the Milankovitch cycles and El Nino. He concludes by touching on the issue of climate change, and outlines some of the approaches that are now being taken to tackle it. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.