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Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe, Trade Version

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A book by Nathan Spielberg

YA A nontechnical discussion of the major aspects of physics, this is a revised edition of a college text intended for liberal arts majors. The ``seven ideas'' include: Copernican astronomy, Newtonian mechanics, the energy concept, entropy and probability, … see full wiki

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Author: Nathan Spielberg
Publisher: Wiley
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7 Ideas That Shook the Universe by Spielberg

  • Aug 27, 2005
Rating:
+5
The author discusses some very complex scientific concepts in simple English. These concepts are the following:
- Earth is not the center of the Universe
- Newton's laws of motion
- Energy and entropy
- the relativity of space and time
- quantum theory and causality limits
- symmetry

The author discusses the notion that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. In addition, there is a fine distinction
between kinetic energy and momentum. Kinetic energy is a scalar concept ; whereas, momentum is a vectorial concept because of
the element of direction.

The Copernican theory is that planets travel in circular paths. Kepler explained that planetary orbits are in an
elliptical path in relation to the Sun.

The work attempts to unite all of science into a simple model
based upon the considerable work of Copernicus, Kepler,
Newton, Einstein and others over the past millenia.

The book is a goldmine for students of science everywhere. It is
well worth the cost for the considerable value of the information content.

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