Don't Be Afraid of Physics

Quantum Mechanics, Relativity and Cosmology for Everyone

Authors: Barrett, Ross, Delsanto, Pier Paolo

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  • Short stories, anecdotes, clear explanations, and interesting photographs (but no equations), explain the mysteries of modern physics and cosmology.
  • Your ticket to an entertaining guided tour from Neanderthal man to dark energy, with stops at many places of interest along the way.
  • If you feel left out of the conversation at philosophers’ dinner parties, this book is definitely for you.
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About this book

With the aid of entertaining short stories, anecdotes, lucid explanations and straight-forward figures, this book challenges the perception that the world of physics is inaccessible to the non-expert. Beginning with Neanderthal man, it traces the evolution of human reason and understanding from paradoxes and optical illusions to gravitational waves, black holes and dark energy. On the way, it provides insights into the mind-boggling advances at the frontiers of physics and cosmology. Unsolved problems and contradictions are highlighted, and contentious issues in modern physics are discussed in a non-dogmatic way in a language comprehensible to the non-scientist. It has something for everyone.

About the authors

Ross Barrett:  Formerly a Research Fellow and Lecturer at four universities in Australia and Germany, and Senior Principal Research Scientist (now retired) at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in Adelaide, his research interests range over experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics, atomic physics, signal processing, and underwater acoustics. He has published over sixty research papers, and one book. 


Pier Paolo Delsanto:   Full Professor (now retired) and Director of  Research in Condensed Matter Physics  at the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, has spent half of his professional life in Universities and Research Centres abroad. His research fields range from Nuclear Physics, Acoustics and Ultrasonics to modelling and simulations in Materials Science, Biology and Oncology, with more than two hundred scientific articles and six books (two published by Springer).


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Ultimate Question

    Pages 3-21

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  • The Meaning of Understanding

    Pages 23-37

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  • Truth and Beauty

    Pages 39-59

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  • Gödel, Hawking and the Foundations of Physics

    Pages 61-74

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  • The Incredible Quantum Mechanics

    Pages 77-99

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Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-63409-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-63408-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Don't Be Afraid of Physics
Book Subtitle
Quantum Mechanics, Relativity and Cosmology for Everyone
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63409-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63409-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-63408-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 293
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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