The Consolations of Physics

The Consolations of Physics
Author : Tim Radford
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 192
Release : 2018-08-23
ISBN 10 : 9781473658189
ISBN 13 : 1473658187
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Consolations of Physics Book Description:

The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation. From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space.

The Consolation of Physics

The Consolation of Physics
Author : Robin Luz Hamilton
Publisher :
Total Pages : 114
Release : 1992
ISBN 10 : OCLC:41818443
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Author : Mark Miodownik
Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2018-09-06
ISBN 10 : 9780241977316
ISBN 13 : 0241977312
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Liquid Book Description:

Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet? From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we all encounter every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination, and - just as in Stuff Matters - his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

The Consolations of History

The Consolations of History
Author : Howard Burton
Publisher : Open Agenda Publishing
Total Pages :
Release : 2021-04-24
ISBN 10 : 9781771701129
ISBN 13 : 1771701129
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Consolations of History Book Description:

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Teofilo Ruiz, Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA. Teo Ruiz is a scholar of the social and popular cultures of late medieval and early modern Spain and the Western Mediterranean. He received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for his “inspired teaching and writing”. This wide-ranging conversation provides captivating insights into his Cuban origins, how he became a professional historian, the challenges and excitement of teaching, and what the future might hold for historical research.. This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, In the Marrow, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter: I. The Terror of History - The story of a book II. Becoming a Historian- From Cuba to City College to NYU to Princeton III. Historical Ruminations - Meditations on the bigger picture IV. Progress? - Do we actually learn from the past? V. Connecting - Technology and personal factors VI. Looking Ahead - Pondering history’s future About Ideas Roadshow Conversations: This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website:

Physics And Culture

Physics And Culture
Author : Cotterell Brian
Publisher : World Scientific
Total Pages : 556
Release : 2017-08-29
ISBN 10 : 9781786343789
ISBN 13 : 1786343789
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Physics And Culture Book Description:

The role of physics in our culture is examined from the time of Newton to the present day. It has three parts: an introduction to physics and two parts covering the roles of Newtonian and Modern/Postmodern physics. It is shown how popularization enabled physics to become part of our culture, while the topics discussed include religion, philosophy, politics, literature, the visual arts, and music. An underlying theme is that physics is an intimate part of our culture which, together with the other sciences, has had a wide general influence that cannot be ignored. The book has been written for all that are genuinely interested in culture. It is well referenced and illustrated, and suitable for the general public, students and academics who are interested in bridging the sciences and humanities in today's era of specialization. Contents: Introduction: Outline of the PhysicsNewtonian Period: ReligionPopularization of Classical Newtonian PhysicsPhilosophy and PoliticsImaginative ArtsModern and Postmodern Period: Philosophy, Politics, and ReligionPopularization of Modern and Postmodern PhysicsModernism and Postmodernism Readership: General public interested in the influence of physics in culture, students and academics of physics and the humanities. Keywords: Newton; Newtonian Methods;Culture;Physics;Literature;Politics;Modern Physics;Postmodern PhysicsReview:0

Imagining Solar Energy

Imagining Solar Energy
Author : Gregory Lynall
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2020-02-20
ISBN 10 : 9781350010994
ISBN 13 : 1350010995
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imagining Solar Energy Book Description:

How has humanity sought to harness the power of the Sun, and what roles have literature, art and other cultural forms played in imagining, mythologizing and reflecting the possibilities of solar energy? What stories have been told about solar technologies, and how have these narratives shaped developments in science and culture? What can solar power's history tell us about its future, within a world adapting to climate crisis? Identifying the history of capturing solar radiance as a focal point between science and the imagination, Imagining Solar Energy argues that the literary, artistic and mythical resonances of solar power – from the Renaissance to the present day – have not only been inspired by, but have also cultivated and sustained its scientific and technological development. Ranging from Archimedes to Isaac Asimov, John Dee to Humphry Davy, Aphra Behn to J. G. Ballard, the book argues that solar energy translates into many different kinds of power (physical, political, intellectual and cultural), and establishes for the first time the importance of solar energy to many literary and scientific endeavours.


Author : Barri J. Gold
Publisher : MIT Press
Total Pages : 360
Release : 2012-02-10
ISBN 10 : 9780262288279
ISBN 13 : 0262288273
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

ThermoPoetics Book Description:

An engaging exploration of the mutually productive interaction of literature and energy science in the Victorian era, as seen in Tennyson, Dickens, Stoker, and others. In ThermoPoetics, Barri Gold sets out to show us how analogous, intertwined, and mutually productive poetry and physics may be. Charting the simultaneous emergence of the laws of thermodynamics in literature and in physics that began in the 1830s, Gold finds that not only can science influence literature, but literature can influence science, especially in the early stages of intellectual development. Nineteenth-century physics was often conducted in words. And, Gold claims, a poet could be a genius in thermodynamics and a novelist could be a damn good engineer. Gold's lively readings of works by Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Herbert Spencer, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and others offer a decidedly literary introduction to such elements of thermodynamic thought as conservation and dissipation, the linguistic tension between force and energy, the quest for a grand unified theory, strategies for coping within an inexorably entropic universe, and the demonic potential of the thermodynamically savvy individual. Gold shows us that in A Tale of Two Cities, for example, Dickens produces order in spite of the universal drive to entropy; Wilde's Dorian Gray and Stoker's Dracula, on the other hand, reveal the creative potential of chaos. Victorian literature embraced the language and ideas of energy physics to address the era's concerns about religion, evolution, race, class, empire, gender, and sexuality. Gold argues that these concerns, in turn, shaped the hopes and fears expressed about the new physics.

The Holistic Inspirations of Physics

The Holistic Inspirations of Physics
Author : Val Dusek
Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Total Pages : 387
Release : 1999
ISBN 10 : 0813526353
ISBN 13 : 9780813526355
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Holistic Inspirations of Physics Book Description:

While many books have claimed parallels between modern physics and Eastern philosophy, none have dealt with the historical influences of both Chinese traditional thought and non-mechanistic, holistic western thought on the philosophies of the scientists who developed electromagnetic field theory. In The Holistic Inspirations of Physics, R. Valentine Dusek asks: to what extent is classical field theory a product of organic and holistic philosophies and frameworks? Electromagnetic theory has been greatly influenced by holistic worldviews, Dusek posits, and he highlights three alternative scientific systems that made the development of electromagnetic theory possible: medieval Chinese science, Western Renaissance occultism, and the German romantic traditions. He situates these "alternative" approaches in their social context and background, and traces their connection with components of “accepted” physical science in relation to a number of social movements and philosophical theories. Readers will learn of specific contributions made by these alternative traditions, such as the Chinese inventing the compass and discovering the earth's magnetic field and magnetic declination. Western alchemical ideas of active forces and "occult" influences contributed to Newton's theory of gravitation force as action at a distance, rather as a result of purely mechanical collisions and contact action. Dusek also describes the extent to which women's culture supplied (often without credit) the philosophical background ideas that were absorbed into mainstream field theory.

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction
Author : Christopher J. Knight
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 298
Release : 2016-09-13
ISBN 10 : 9781315450995
ISBN 13 : 1315450992
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction Book Description:

Christopher J. Knight’s Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction is a study of the British author Penelope Fitzgerald (1916 – 2000), attending to her nine novels, especially as viewed through the lens both of "late style" (she published her first novel, The Golden Child, at age sixty) and, in her words, of "consolation, that is, for doubts and fears as well as for naked human loss." As in Shakespeare’s late, religiously inflected, romances, the two concerns coincide; and Fitzgerald’s ostensible comedies are marked by a clear experience of the tragic and the palpable sense of a world that verges on the edge of indifference to human loss. Yet Fitzgerald, her late age pessimism notwithstanding, seeks (with the aid of her own religious understandings), in each of her novels, to wrestle meaning, consolation and even comedy from circumstances not noticeably propitious. Or as she herself memorably spoke of her own "deepest convictions": "I can only say that however close I’ve come, by this time, to nothingness, I have remained true to my deepest convictions—I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as a comedy, for otherwise how can we manage to bear it?" The recipient of Britain’s Booker Prize and America’s National Book Critics Circle Award, Penelope Fitzgerald’s reputation as a novelist, and author more generally, has grown, since her death, significantly, to the point that she is now widely judged one of Britain’s finest writers, comparable in worth to the likes of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

The Infancy of Atomic Physics

The Infancy of Atomic Physics
Author : Alex Keller
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2013-10-09
ISBN 10 : 9780486149950
ISBN 13 : 0486149951
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Infancy of Atomic Physics Book Description:

This compelling history portrays the human faces and lives behind the beginnings of atomic science, from experiments in the 1880s to the era just after the First World War.