The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg Robert P. Crease

ISBN: 9780393062045

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The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg  by  Robert P. Crease

The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg by Robert P. Crease
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Philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease tells the stories behind ten of the greatest equations in human history. Was Nobel laureate Richard Feynman really joking when he called Maxwells electromagnetic equations the most significant eventMorePhilosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease tells the stories behind ten of the greatest equations in human history. Was Nobel laureate Richard Feynman really joking when he called Maxwells electromagnetic equations the most significant event of the nineteenth century? How did Newtons law of gravitation influence young revolutionaries?

Why has Eulers formula been called Gods equation, and why did a mysterious ecoterrorist make it his calling card? What role do betrayal, insanity, and suicide play in the second law of thermodynamics?The Great Equations tells the stories of how these equations were discovered, revealing the personal struggles of their ingenious originators. From 1 + 1 = 2 to Heisenbergs uncertainty principle, Crease locates these equations in the panoramic sweep of Western history, showing how they are as integral to their time and place of creation as are great works of art.



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