The Nature of Science: An A-Z Guide to the Laws and Principles Governing Our Universe

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - 433 pàgines
Today science literacy - knowing how the world works, from the microscopic level to the farthest reaches of space - is more important than ever, but finding all the essential information in one place can be a daunting task. Enter The Nature of Science, the ultimate science handbook for the home, explaining in everyday terms the two hundred overarching laws, principles, and mechanisms that make sense of the physical world.
Cloning; black holes; Fermat's last theorem; genetic drift; the inflationary universe; Newton's laws of motion; string theories. With lively writing and whimsical analogies, science popularizer James Trefil leads a remarkable A-Z tour through the discovery, significance, and workings of the universe's major laws. Here are some two hundred essays on grand theories, such as Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Mendel's laws of genetics, and on more familiar phenomena, such as how airplanes fly and how polarized sunglasses work. Abundant cross-references make it easy to follow a law's connections across different fields, revealing a web of unifying theories that span the smallest cell and the largest galaxy. Timelines in each essay further spell out the evolution of each law, while biographical sidebars on scientists showcase the often quirky tales of discovery - the human stories behind nature's laws.
From atomic theory to Zeno's paradox, The Nature of Science makes understanding science a pleasure. For those who are familiar with the Big Bang (but maybe not the Big Crunch or the Big Splash), this book is essential reading - a key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe.
 

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A physics professor (George Mason Univ.) and science popularizer (The Edge of the Unknown: 101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either), Trefil has compiled a concise A-to-Z ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Ideal Gas Law
55
Animal Territoriality I5 Complementarity Principle 86 Free Electron Theory
89
Balance of Nature 30 Coulombs Law I04 Godels Incompleteness
202
Braggs Law 56 Doppler Effect I28 HersheyChase Experiment 20
209
Immune System
219
fosephson Effect
225
Kinship Selection
232
Lawson Criterion
238
Occams Razor
304
Optimal Foraging Theory
311
PeriodLuminosity Relation
317
Planck Constant
324
Proteins
330
Quantum Tunneling
336
Radiometric Dating
343
Reproductive Strategies
352

Linnaean System
244
Marginal Value Theorem
251
Maxwells Equations
258
Milankovii Cycles
264
Mimicry
271
Molecular Orbital Theory
278
Mutuality principle tit
285
aws of Motion
294
Rutherford Experimenl
358
Termmal Velocity
392
Thermodynamics second law of
399
Triune brain
407
Uniformita rian ism
413
Chronology
424
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Sobre l'autor (2003)

James Trefil, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

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