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The Poetry Of Physics And The Physics Of Poetry

Author: Robert K. Logan
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814295949
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This is a textbook for a survey course in physics taught without mathematics, that also takes into account the social impact and influences from the arts and society. It combines physics, literature, history and philosophy from the dawn of human life to the 21st century. It will also be of interest to the general reader.

The Poetry Of Physics And The Physics Of Poetry

Author: Robert K Logan
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814338591
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This is a textbook for a survey course in physics taught without mathematics, that also takes into account the social impact and influences from the arts and society. It combines physics, literature, history and philosophy from the dawn of human life to the 21st century. It will also be of interest to the general reader.Contents: The Origins of PhysicsPhysics of the Ancient Greek EraPoetry Influenced by the Scientific RevolutionThe Concept of EnergyThermodynamics and the Atomic and Molecular Structure of MatterThe General Theory of RelativityThe Structure of the AtomWave MechanicsQuantum ElectrodynamicsElementary Particles, Quarks and Quantum ChromodynamicsCosmology and the Universe: The Big Bang, Dark Matter and Dark Energyand other papers Readership: High school students, undergraduates and general readers.

The Poetry Of Physics And The Physics Of Poetry

Author: Robert K. Logan
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814295922
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This is a textbook for a survey course in physics taught without mathematics, that also takes into account the social impact and influences from the arts and society. It combines physics, literature, history and philosophy from the dawn of human life to the 21st century. It will also be of interest to the general reader.

Poetry Of The Universe

Author: Robert Osserman
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307790584
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In the bestselling literary tradition of Lewis Thomas's Lives of a Cell and James Watson's The Double Helix, Poetry of the Universe is a delightful and compelling narrative charting the evolution of mathematical ideas that have helped to illuminate the nature of the observable universe. In a richly anecdotal fashion, the book explores teh leaps of imagination and vision in mathematics that have helped pioneer our understanding of the world around us.

Physics For Poets

Author: Robert H. March
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science, Engineering & Mathematics
ISBN: 9780072825558
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The early editions of this book were motivated by a desire to restore some equilibrium by offering professors the oppottunity to teach the twentieth-century science they knew and loved, and the nonscience student some exposure to the revolutionary ideas of which that science was built. It was inspired by a conviction that, properly viewed and properly presented, physics was a part of the humanistic as well as the scientific tradition. Today, with the demise of the Cold War as the focus around which contemporary Western society organized itself for more than four decades, the motivation for public support of fundamental research is no longer clear. More than ever, it behooves us to show yet another generation of students the human face of science. It should also be noted that the Standard Model, however successful it may have been at explaining the fleeting phenomena of the submicroworld, falls far short of the reductionist dream of stark simplicity on nature's most fundamental level. The final chapter of this work attests to that. Those who still dream that dream, which has animated physical thought for most of its modern history, seem to have entered a regime of diminishing returns on their intellectual labors. Whether this proves merely a temporary pause, or presages a major historical turning point, it is clear that much of the current science that is capable of exciting the young minds that this book is designed to reach moves along other lines. To borrow a term, these might be characterized as "C-cubed," for cosmology, chaos, and complexity. This edition introduces these topics in a modes fashion appropriate to its limited scope. Another change from recent editions is aminor upgrade in the mathematical level of the presentation, in recognition that the students currently taking this course are a bit more comfortable with numbers (but, alas, far less comfortable with history) than their predecessors.

Physics Envy

Author: Peter Middleton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022629000X
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In "Physics Envy," Peter Middleton argues that science has had a strong influence on the course of American poetry since WWII. He focuses on poets as different as Charles Olsen, Robert Duncan, John Ashbery, and others, and how they responded to advances in science (especially physics) in the development of ambitious poetry programs and poetics. For Middleton, the major shift came in the 1970s, when the more traditional New American poetry gave way to the experiments of Language poetry, and he shows surprising correlations between how poetry was conceived and written, on the one hand, and the advances in physics, chemistry, and biology at the time, on the other. Though it was discoveries in physics (e.g., the atomic bomb) that started this "science envy" after the war, Middleton finds poets borrowing and adapting language from the other sciences as well, for example, the way the language and concepts used by biologists were taken up by poets and poetry theorists to create their own recombinant poetics of language, often calling what they did, however abstract, inquiries and experiments in language. Even the ideas and language from the leading popular scientific journal, "Scientific American," began appearing in poems in magazines and books. And a poet like Gary Snyder, whose work seems to be inspired by Buddhist and shamanistic sources, also draws, as Middleton shows, on ecological science--sometimes directly from textbooks on the subject. Middleton writes a history of science and poetry that shows how they throw beneficial light on each other's dilemmas, and uncovers areas of unacknowledged exchanges of ideas between poets and scientists. As Middleton shows, poetry since WWII can often be read as a thoughtful, productive quarrel between the Oppenheimers and Watsons of science, and poets and poetic experimenters attempting an intellectual inquiry into the nature of things. Poets and poetry critics, literary historians, and those in history and philosophy of science will want to read this book.

Quantum Physics For Poets

Author: Leon M. Lederman
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ISBN: 9781616142339
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In this lucid, informative book, designed for the curious, a Nobel Prize laureate and a theoretical physicist make the seemingly daunting subject of quantum physics accessible, appealing, and exciting.

Quantum Physics For Poets

Author: Leon M. Lederman
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616142812
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The Times Literary Supplement called their previous book, Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe: [A] tour de force of physics made simple.Quantum theory is the bedrock of contemporary physics and the basis of understanding matter in its tiniest dimensions and the vast universe as a whole. But for many, the theory remains an impenetrable enigma.Nobel Prize laureate Leon M. Lederman and Fermi lab theoretical physicist Christopher T. Hill seek to remedy this situation by both drawing on their scientific expertise and their talent for communicating science to the general reader. In this lucid, informative book, designed for the curious, they make the seemingly daunting subject of quantum physics accessible, appealing, and exciting.Their story is partly historical, covering the many Eureka moments when great scientists-Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, and others-struggled to come to grips with the bizarre realities that quantum research revealed. Although their findings were indisputably proven in experiments, they were so strange and counterintuitive that Einstein refused to accept quantum theory, despite its great success.The authors explain the many strange and even eerie aspects of quantum reality at the subatomic level, from particles that can be many places simultaneously and sometimes act more like waves, to the effect that a human can have on their movements by just observing them!Finally, Drs. Lederman and Hill delve into quantum physics' latest and perhaps most breathtaking offshoots-field theory and string theory. The intricacies and ramifications of these two theories will give the reader much to ponder. In addition, the authors describe the diverse applications of quantum theory in its almost countless forms of modern technology throughout the world.Using eloquent analogies and illustrative examples, Quantum Physics for Poets render even the most profound reaches of quantum theory understandable and something for us all to savor.Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Laureate (Batavia, IL), is Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Pritzker Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the author of the highly acclaimed The God Particle, the editor of Portraits of Great American Scientists, and a contributor to Science Literacy for the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Lederman and coauthor Christopher T. Hill are also the coauthors of Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe.Christopher T. Hill, PhD (Batavia, IL), is chairman of the Department of Theoretical Physics and a theoretical physicist (Scientist III) at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Hopkins Idealism

Author: Daniel Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198183532
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The conventional picture of the young Hopkins as a conservative High-Church ritualist is starkly contested by this study which draws upon his unpublished Oxford essays on philosophy to reveal a boldly speculative intellectual liberal. Less concerned with Christian factionalism than with countering contemporary threats to faith itself, Hopkins' thought is seen to follow that of his teachers Benjamin Jowett and T. H. Green, who turned to Kant and Hegel to vouchsafe the grounds of Christianbelief against contemporary scientism. Hopkins' personal metaphysic of 'inscape' and 'instress', which has long been recognized as crucial to the understanding of his poetry, is traced here to concepts derived from the 'British Idealism' he encountered at Oxford and the new energy physics of the 1850s and 1860s. By locating his thought at the intellectual avant-garde of his age, the striking modernity of his poetry need no longer be seen as an historical anomaly. The book offers radical re-readings not only of his metaphysics and theology, but also of his best-known poems.

Virgil S Elements

Author: David O. Ross Jr.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400858623
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Professor Ross presents the Georgics as a poem of science, of the power and ultimate failure of knowledge. Exploring the science that Virgil knew and used, he analyzes the oppositions and balances of lire and water, of the qualities of hot and cold, wet and dry, throughout the poem. These the farmer manipulates to create the balance necessary for growth, yet, in Virgil's universe, the potential for destruction inevitably results in a profound pessimism. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.