Hardcover ISBN: 0393051544
A layperson's introduction to the theory of relativity and its significance discusses such topics as time travel, curved space, black holes, the big bang, gravity, and twenty-first-century physics. 17,000 first printing.
No Ordinary Genius
The Illustrated Richard Feynman
Paperback ISBN: 039331393x
A life of the late Nobel Prize-winning physicist features more than a hundred photographs and interviews with family, friends, and Feynman himself, offering insight into the mind of a great creative scientist at work and play. Reprint.
Understanding and Interpreting Contemporary Science
Paperback ISBN: 0691095515
Taking us from the academies of ancient Greece to the laboratories of modern science, this book seeks to rebuild the foundations of the philosophy of knowledge. It reviews the history and development of mathematics and physical sciences to show that work in quantum theory offers answers to questions that have puzzled philosophers for centuries.
Understanding Quantum Mechanics
Hardcover ISBN: 0691004358
Here Roland Omn offers a clear, up-to-date guide to the conceptual framework of quantum mechanics. In an area that has provoked much philosophical debate, Omnès has achieved high recognition for his Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton 1994), a book for specialists. Now the author has transformed his own theory into a short and readable text that enables beginning students and experienced physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers to form a comprehensive picture of the field while learning about the most recent advances. This new book presents a more streamlined version of the Copenhagen interpretation, showing its logical consistency and completeness. The problem of measurement is a major area of inquiry, with the author surveying its history from Planck to Heisenberg before describing the consistent-histories interpretation. He draws upon the most recent research on the decoherence effect (related to the modern resolution of the famous Schrödinger's cat problem) and an exact formulation of the correspondence between quantum and particle physics (implying a derivation of classical determinism from quantum probabilism). Interpretation is organized with the help of a universal and sound language using so-called consistent histories. As a language and a method, it can now be shown to be free of ambiguity and it makes interpretation much clearer and closer to common sense.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics
Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass
Paperback ISBN: 0631225013
This book combines physics, philosophy, and history in a radical new approach to introducing the philosophy of physics. It leads the reader through several central problems in the philosophy of physics by tracing their connections to a single issue: whether a cause must be spatiotemporally local to its effect, or whether action at a distance can occur
The Dancing Wu Li Masters
An Overview of the New Physics
Paperback ISBN: 0060959681
Featuring a new introduction, an exploration of quantum physics and relativity theory is presented for the layperson reader in an accessible and occasionally whimsical format. By the author of The Seat of the Soul. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Philosophy of Space and Time
Paperback ISBN: 0486604438
A clear, penetrating exposition of developments in physical science and mathematics brought about by non-Euclidean geometries, including in-depth coverage of the foundations of geometry, theory of time, other topics.
On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Paperback ISBN: 1573920355
The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, stands as one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.