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Gravity's Century From Einstein's Eclipse to Images of Black Holes
ISBN: HB: 9780674974968, Harvard University Press, May 2019
176 pp., 21x14 cm, 10 photos, 10 illus.
Albert Einstein did nothing of note on May 29, 1919, yet that is when he became immortal. On that day, astronomer Arthur Eddington and his team observed a solar eclipse and found something extraordinary: gravity bends light, just as Einstein predicte...
Third Thoughts
ISBN: HB: 9780674975323, Harvard University Press, August 2018
240 pp., 21x14 cm
For more than four decades, one of the most captivating and celebrated science communicators of our time has challenged the public to think carefully about the foundations of nature and the inseparable entanglement of science and society. In "Third T...
After Physics
ISBN: PB: 9780674970878, Harvard University Press, October 2016
192 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 10 halftones
"After Physics" presents ambitious new essays about some of the deepest questions at the foundations of physics, by the physicist and philosopher David Albert. The book's title alludes to the close connections between physics and metaphysics, much in...
Qbism The Future of Quantum Physics
ISBN: HB: 9780674504646, Harvard University Press, October 2016
272 pp., 19x12.7 cm, 19 line illus.
Measured by the accuracy of its predictions and the scope of its technological applications, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories in science – as well as one of the most misunderstood. The deeper meaning of quantum mechanics remai...
Energy Revolution The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology
ISBN: HB: 9780674725027, Harvard University Press, March 2015
310 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 73 colour illus., 18 tables
Energy can be neither created nor destroyed – but it can be wasted. The United States wastes two-thirds of its energy, including 80 percent of the energy used in transportation. So the nation has a tremendous opportunity to develop a sensible energy...
Short History of Physics in the American Century
ISBN: PB: 9780674725829, Harvard University Press, August 2013
220 pp., 23.4x15.5 cm
As the twentieth century drew to a close, computers, the Internet, and nanotechnology were central to modern American life. Yet the advances in physics underlying these applications are poorly understood and widely underappreciated by U.S. citizens t...
Palette of Particles
ISBN: HB: 9780674072510, Harvard University Press, March 2013
224 pp., 18x11 cm, 11 halftones, 11 line illus.
From molecules to stars, much of the cosmic canvas can be painted in brushstrokes of primary color: the protons, neutrons, and electrons we know so well. But for meticulous detail, we have to dip into exotic hues – leptons, mesons, hadrons, quarks. B...
101 Quantum Questions What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See
ISBN: PB: 9780674066076, Harvard University Press, October 2012
304 pp., 21.6x16.4 cm, 9 tables, 64 line illustrations, 39 halftones
Ken Ford's mission is to help us understand the "great ideas" of quantum physics – ideas such as wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for "101 Quantum Ques...
Nuclear Forces The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe
ISBN: HB: 9780674065871, Harvard University Press, June 2012
592 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 21 halftones
On the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima, Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe called on his fellow scientists to stop working on weapons of mass destruction. What drove Bethe, the head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project,...
Sensitive Matter Foams, Gels, Liquid Crystals, and Other Miracles
ISBN: HB: 9780674064560, Harvard University Press, April 2012
208 pp., 21x14 cm, 15 halftones, 15 line illus.
Life would not exist without sensitive, or soft, matter. All biological structures depend on it, including red blood globules, lung fluid, and membranes. So do industrial emulsions, gels, plastics, liquid crystals, and granular materials. What makes...