Great Ideas in Physics The Conservation of Energy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Theory of Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics
- List Price: $16.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Edition: 3
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill
- Publish date: 07/01/2000
What does it mean to say that time and space are relative? How can an electron be in two places at once? For anyone who wants a basic understanding of the physical processes that define the universe, Lightman provides the perfect introduction. In addition to explaining the physics, he brings in relevant passages from philosophy and literature to demonstrate how these great ideas have impacted the world of thought.
The four bedrock ideas -- the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, relativity theory and quantum mechanics -- are explained as a developing body of ideas. From time to time, background mathematical concepts are highlighted in boxes to provide succinct review. An appendix with problems and essay questions can add special interest to the casual reader or be used by teachers.