The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy
Edited by John L. Heilbron
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Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy by John L. Heilbron
Book DescriptionWith over 150 alphabetically arranged entries about key scientists, concepts, discoveries, technological innovations, and learned institutions, the Oxford Guide to Physics and Astronomy traces the history of physics and astronomy from the Renaissance to the present. For students, teachers, historians, scientists, and readers of popular science books such as Galileo's Daughter, this guide deciphers the methods and philosophies of physics and astronomy as well as the historical periods from which they emerged. Meant to serve the lay reader and the professional alike, this book can be turned to for the answer to how scientists learned to measure the speed of light, or consulted for neat, careful summaries of topics as complicated as quantum field theory and as vast as the universe. The entries, each written by a noted scholar and edited by J. L. Heilbron, Professor of History and Vice Chancellor, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, reflect the most up-to-date research and discuss the applications of the scientific disciplines to the wider world of religion, law, war, art and literature. No other source on these two branches of science is as informative or as inviting. Thoroughly cross-referenced and accented by dozens of black and white illustrations, the Oxford Guide to Physics and Astronomy is the source to turn to for anyone looking for a quick explanation of alchemy, x-rays and any type of matter or energy in between.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195171983
(241mm x 164mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, Hardback (February 2003)» View all books by John L. Heilbron
The 'Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science' offers an overview of the field of science and its development over the past few generations, ranging from biographies on Galileo and Dorothy Hodgkin to the discussions chronicling the change of science from simply a tool of learning to a major force in society.
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Author Biography - John L. Heilbron
John L. Heilbron is Professor of History and Vice Chancellor, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. His most recent books include The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories, and Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, Technique.
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