Title: Power, the Delicate Idea: The invention of Feynman’s blocks from Leibniz to Einstein
Writer: Jennifer Coopersmith
Hardcover: 416 pages
Writer: Oxford College Press; Revised version (July 14, 2015)
Power is on the coronary heart of physics and of giant significance to society and but no ebook exists particularly to elucidate it, and in easy phrases. In monitoring the historical past of power, this e-book is crammed with the joys of the chase, the thriller of smoke and mirrors, and presents a captivating human-interest story. Furthermore, following the historical past offers an important help to understanding: this e-book explains the mental revolutions required to grasp power, revolutions as profound as these stemming from Relativity and Quantum Concept. Texts by Descartes, Leibniz, Bernoulli, d’Alembert, Lagrange, Hamilton, Boltzmann, Clausius, Carnot and others are made accessible, and the engines of Watt and Joule are defined.
Many desirable questions are coated, together with:
– Why simply kinetic and potential energies – is another elementary than the opposite?
– What are warmth, temperature and motion?
– What’s the Hamiltonian?
– What have engines to do with physics?
– Why did the steam-engine evolve solely in England?
– Why S=klogW works and why temperature is IT.
Utilizing solely a minimal of arithmetic, this ebook explains the emergence of the fashionable idea of power, in all its varieties: Hamilton’s mechanics and the way it formed twentieth-century physics, and the which means of kinetic power, potential power, temperature, motion, and entropy. It’s as a lot an evidence of elementary physics as a historical past of the fascinating discoveries that lie behind our information right now.