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History and Evolution of Concepts in Physics

Authors: Varvoglis, Harry

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Our understanding of nature, and in particular of physics and the laws governing it, has changed radically since the days of the ancient Greek natural philosophers. This book explains how and why these changes occurred, through landmark experiments as well as theories that - for their time - were revolutionary. The presentation covers Mechanics, Optics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Relativity Theory, Atomic Physics and Quantum Physics. The book places emphasis on ideas and on a qualitative presentation, rather than on mathematics and equations. Thus, although primarily addressed to those who are studying or have studied science, it can also be read by non-specialists. The author concludes with a discussion of the evolution and organization of universities, from ancient times until today, and of the organization and dissemination of knowledge through scientific publications and conferences.

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Harry Varvoglis was born in 1949 in Thessaloniki (Greece) and holds a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki. He worked as a research associate in the Astronomy Program of the University of Maryland (USA) and as a Visiting Professor in the University of Paris XI, (France), the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of Cyprus. Presently he is a full Professor in the University of Thessaloniki. He is a regular contributor to the science section of a major Greek newspaper.

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“Varvoglis (Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece) applies a historical chronology to the development of physics by focusing on people who contributed to a scientific understanding of nature. … This would be a good supplemental book for introductory physics courses. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; informed general audiences.” (D. B. Mason, Choice, Vol. 52 (3), November, 2014)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Physical Sciences and Physics

    Pages 3-10

    Varvoglis, Harry

  • The Ideas of Greeks About Nature

    Pages 11-20

    Varvoglis, Harry

  • From Classical Era to the Renaissance

    Pages 21-26

    Varvoglis, Harry

  • The Major Branches of Physics

    Pages 29-103

    Varvoglis, Harry

  • Physics of the 20th Century

    Pages 105-119

    Varvoglis, Harry

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
History and Evolution of Concepts in Physics
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04292-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04292-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04291-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37793-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 138
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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