Physics Over Easy
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In easy-to-follow conversational language, this book reveals the mysteries of physics and tells about the physicists who made it possible, from the discovery of the laws of gravity by Isaac Newton and the construction of the first electric battery by Alessandro Volta, to the present century's development of solid-state electronics, nuclear arms and nuclear reactors, lasers, etc. The evolution of physics during four centuries is related in sixteen conversations that actually took place between the author, a professor of physics, and his wife, an intelligent listener not familiar with the subject. By asking questions and interjecting her own observations, she insists on sufficient clarity in the presentation so as to make the somewhat difficult seeming topics clearly understandable.Each breakfast topic can be read separately in less time than it takes to eat the meal. Anyone who has avoided studying physics so far, for whatever reason, (and this includes the author's wife) will gain an insight into what physics is and what physicists do. This book may also serve to refresh the understanding of those who have forgotten what they may have learned or who previously failed to fully grasp the subject. A glossary of commonly used terms at the back of the book provides a convenient reference to most of the concepts presented.Contents: Introduction: What Keeps Us Going?:Physicists, and Other PeopleBreakfasts: Hard Boiled Eggs with Inertia:How It All Began — with Rolling BallsEggs Bene-Bricked:What Keeps the Ball Rolling?Apple-Gravity Pancakes:Why Does an Apple Fall from a Tree?Cereal and Calories:But It Takes Energy to Keep MovingHot Cakes with Energy:How Hot is it?Putting Heat to WorkFrench Toast:You Can't WinNor Can You Break EvenCold Cuts:Go Fly a KiteStoring ElectricityBlueberry Muffins:Electricity in Mattera.c./d.c.Apple Fritters and Love:Magnetic ForcesMagnetic FieldsWhat Maxwell WroughtEggs and Crisp Bacon:Making WavesWhat Waves Can DoOat Meal with Light Cream:What is Light?How and What We SeeIt' s a Colorful WorldLox and Bagels:What's the Speed of Light?Is It Really Relative?The Paradoxes of Relativity and Black HolesFarina:Does Anyone Believe in Quanta?What About Atoms?Danish Pastry: What's a Wave Function?Born and Heisenberg have the AnswerWaffles:Atoms can be FunWhat Attracts Atoms to Each Other?O J, Donuts, and Coffee:Surrounded by FluidsWe Depend on SolidsRice Crispies:Who's Afraid of Radioactivity?What's Inside the Nucleus?For Better or for Worse — Nuclear EnergyOur Nuclear LegacyCorn Fritters:A Mess of ParticlesWhat, More Conservation Laws?Quarks and More QuarksThe GUTS of PhysicsEpilogue: What Lies Ahead?:Searching for a BeginningSymmetry and ChaosWhat's Left?Readership: General.Key Features:Gives a unique insight into the world of people involved in developing complexity scienceA moving tribute to a privotal figure by friends, many of whom are renowned scientistsHighlights a curious mind that has stayed young for 85 years