Good Vibrations
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Good Vibrations

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-01-01
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  • Publisher: JHU Press

Peppered throughout with anecdotes and examples illustrating key concepts, this invitingly written book provides a firm grounding in the actual and theoretical physics of music.

Alien Life
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

Alien Life

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-07-21
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  • Publisher: Basic Books

"Parker has done an outstanding job of pulling together the current scientific understanding of life on Earth and the possibilities of life elsewhere."--Christopher P. McKay, Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

Einstein
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 297

Einstein

...a well-constructed biography that shows us how the great scientist's various passionsùfor music, learning, peace, womenùexisted side by side with, and occasionally affected, his work. ...Parker does a superb job of explaining Einstein's groundbreaking early scientific papers...readers looking for a good introduction to the 20th century's leading physicist will enjoy this. -Publishers WeeklyAt last we can learn about Albert the man, rather than Einstein the myth. - Sheldon Lee Glashow, Nobel laureate, Boston UniversityEnjoyable! There are lots of books about Einstein's relativity but this is a book about Einstein's humanity. He was a quietly passionate man - passionate about the physical...

Barry Parker & Raymond Unwin
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 47

Barry Parker & Raymond Unwin

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  • Published: 1980
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Physics of War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Physics of War

This fascinating blend of popular science and military history examines the science of war, demonstrating the close connection between the discovery of basic physical principles and the development of weaponry over the ages. Physics has played a critical role in warfare since the earliest times. Barry Parker highlights famous battles of the past as well as renowned scientists and inventors such as Leonardo, Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein whose work had an impact on the technology of combat. Mechanics and the laws of motion led to improved shell trajectories; gas dynamics proved important to the interior ballistics of rifles and cannons; and space exploration resulted in intercontinental missiles, spy satellites, and drone aircraft. Parker emphasizes the special discoveries that had revolutionary effects on the art of warfare: the Chinese invention of gunpowder, the development of firearms, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the deployment of the airplane in the First World War, and in our era the unleashing of the enormous power inherent in nuclear fission and fusion.

Chaos in the Cosmos
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 307

Chaos in the Cosmos

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-11-11
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  • Publisher: Springer

'he year was 1889. The French physicist-mathematician Henry T Poincare could not believe his eyes. He had worked for months on one of the most famous problems in science-the problem of three bodies moving around one another under mutual gravita tional attraction-and what he was seeing dismayed and trou bled him. Since Newton's time it had been assumed that the problem was solvable. All that was needed was a little ingenuity and considerable perseverance, but Poincare saw that this was not the case. Strange, unexplainable things happened when he delved into the problem; it was not solvable after all. Poincare was shocked and dismayed by the result-so disheartened he left the problem and went ...

Einstein's Brainchild
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Einstein's Brainchild

Students and others looking for fascinating and painless introductions to this particular, well-traveled, but still-startling corner of the sciences will be happy with Parker as their guide. The latest book to tackle Einstein's insights and their consequences is also one of the clearest and shortest yet. - Publishers WeeklyIn clever, easy-to-follow prose, with plenty of cartoon help, Parker fleshes out Einstein's major contribution to science and mankind, while adding a bit of biography and some fun speculation about the possibilities of time travel. -San Diego TribuneIn his long-awaited new book, physicist and popular science writer Barry Parker speaks to the broadest possible audience in b...

Albert Einstein's Vision
  • Language: en

Albert Einstein's Vision

Acclaimed science writer Barry Parker completes his trilogy on Einstein with this new work showing the incredibly wide-ranging influence of Einstein's many discoveries. In the first volume, Einstein's Brainchild, Parker focused on relativity, the most famous and important of the great genius's ideas. In the second volume, Einstein's Passions, his human side and diverse interests beyond science were Parker's main topic.Now the author turns once again to Einstein as creative scientist, concentrating on his prolific output of far-reaching contributions that complement and broaden his discovery of relativity. Moreover, Parker provides an indelible portrait of the man behind the theories. Parker,...

Creation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 297

Creation

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-11-11
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  • Publisher: Springer

I remember once watching a presentation of the creation of the universe in a planetarium. It was a fascinating experience: lights flashing, particles appearing to rush by as an explosive roar echoed throughout the planetarium. Then suddenly ... black ness. And after a few seconds ... tiny lights--stars blinking into existence. I tried to imagine myself actually going back to this event. Was this really what it was like? It was an interesting facsimile, but far from what the real thing would have been like. The creation of the universe is an event that is impossible to imagine accurately. Fortunately, this has not discouraged peo ple from wondering what it was like. In Creation I have attempted to take you back to the begin ning-the big bang explosion-so that you can watch the uni verse grow and evolve. Starting with the first fraction of a sec ond, I trace the universe from its initial dramatic expansion through to the formation of the first nuclei and atoms. From here I go to the formation of galaxies and the curious distribu tion they have taken in space. Finally I talk about the formation of elements in stars, and the first life on the planets around them.

The Isaac Newton School of Driving
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 250

The Isaac Newton School of Driving

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-08-12
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  • Publisher: JHU Press

Looks at every aspect of physics as it relates to automobiles, covering such topics as velocity, momentum, torque, aerodynamics, heat transfer, and magnetism.