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The Resource Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein, Jennifer Coopersmith

Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein, Jennifer Coopersmith

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Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein
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Energy, the subtle concept
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the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein
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Jennifer Coopersmith
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eng
Summary
"Energy is at the heart of physics (and of huge importance to society) and yet no book exists specifically to explain it, and in simple terms. In tracking the history of energy, this book is filled with the thrill of the chase, the mystery of smoke and mirrors, and presents a fascinating human-interest story. Following the history provides a crucial aid to understanding: this book explains the intellectual revolutions required to comprehend energy, revolutions as profound as those stemming from Relativity and Quantum Theory. Texts by Descartes, Leibniz, Bernoulli, d'Alembert, Lagrange, Hamilton, Boltzmann, Clausius, Carnot and others are made accessible, and the engines of Watt and Joule are explained. Many fascinating questions are covered, including: - Why just kinetic and potential energies - is one more fundamental than the other? - What are heat, temperature and action? - What is the Hamiltonian? - What have engines to do with physics? - Why did the steam-engine evolve only in England? - Why S=klogW works and why temperature is IT. - Why is time linear? Using only a minimum of mathematics, this book explains the emergence of the modern concept of energy, in all its forms: Hamilton's mechanics and how it shaped twentieth-century physics, and the meaning of kinetic energy, potential energy, temperature, action, and entropy. It is as much an explanation of fundamental physics as a history of the fascinating discoveries that lie behind our knowledge today"--Provided by publisher
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QC72
LC item number
.C66 2010
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non fiction
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Energy, the subtle concept : the discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein, Jennifer Coopersmith
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [370]-394) and index
Contents
1. Introduction: Feynman's blocks -- 2. Perpetual motion is prohibited -- 3. Vis viva: the fist 'block' of energy -- 4. Heat: in the seventeenth century -- 5. Heat in the eighteenth century -- 6. The discovery of latent and specific heats -- 7. A hundred and one years of mechanics: Newton to Lagrange -- 8. A tale of two countries: the rise of the steam engine and the caloric theory of heat -- 9. Rumford, Davy and Young -- 10. Naked heat: the gas laws and the specific heat of gases -- 11. Two contrasting characters: Fourier and Herapath -- 12. Sadi Carnot -- 13. Hamilton and Green -- 14. The mechanical equivalent of heat -- 15. Faraday and Helmholtz -- 16. The laws of thermodynamics: Thomson and Clausius -- 17. A forward look -- 18. Impossible things; difficult things -- 19. Conclusions
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23 cm.
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xiv, 400 p.
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9780199546503
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(hardback)
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2010021291
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(OCoLC)640131425

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