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Physics; History; Congresses

  • It From Bit or Bit From It?by Anthony Aguirre; Brendan Foster; Zeeya Merali

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 89.99

    The essays in this book look at the question of whether physics can be based on information, or ? as John Wheeler phrased it ? whether we can get ?It from Bit?. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition of the same name, which drew over 180 entries. The eighteen contributions address topics as diverse as quantum... more...

  • Questioning the Foundations of Physicsby Anthony Aguirre; Brendan Foster; Zeeya Merali

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 89.99

    The essays in this book look at way in which the fundaments of physics might need to be changed in order to make progress towards a unified theory. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition ?Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong??, which drew over 270 entries. As Nobel Laureate physicist Philip... more...

  • The Invisible Universeby Gerrit Verschuur

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 29.99

    Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome... more...

  • The Quantum Dissidentsby Olival Freire Junior

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2014; US$ 99.00

    This book tells the fascinating story of the people and events behind the turbulent changes in attitudes to quantum theory in the second half of the 20 th century. The huge success of quantum mechanics as a predictive theory has been accompanied, from the very beginning, by doubts and controversy about its foundations and interpretation. This book... more...

  • General Relativity, Cosmology and Astrophysicsby Bič; á; Jiř k; í; ; Tomá? Ledvinka

    Springer 2014; US$ 149.00

    The articles included in this Volume represent a broad and highly qualified view on the present state of general relativity, quantum gravity, and their cosmological and astrophysical implications. As such, it may serve as a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration for experts in these fields, as well as an advanced source of information for young... more...

  • Jacobus Cornelius Kapteynby Pieter C. van der Kruit

    Springer International Publishing 2014; US$ 279.00

    Jacobus C. Kapteyn (1851-1922) was a Dutch astronomer who contributed heavily to major catalogs of star positions, such as the Cape Photographic Durchmusterung and the Harvard-Groningen Durchmusterung, and arranged extensive international collaboration through his Plan of Selected Areas. He contributed to the establishment of statistical astronomy... more...

  • Henri Poincaré, 1912?2012by Bertrand Duplantier; Vincent Rivasseau

    Springer Basel 2014; US$ 109.00

    This thirteenth volume of the Poincaré Seminar Series, Henri Poincaré, 1912-2012 , is published on the occasion of the centennial of the death of Henri Poincaré in 1912. It presents a scholarly approach to Poincaré?s genius and creativity in mathematical physics and mathematics. Its five articles are also highly pedagogical, as befits their origin... more...

  • Universe Unveiledby C. V. Vishveshwara

    Springer International Publishing 2014; US$ 34.99

    The bubbles were swirling all around me, massaging my body. As I luxuriated in this fantastic bath, I gasped realizing that those bubbles carried with them miniature galaxies bringing the entire Cosmos into my bathtub... Alfie is back. And so are George and other characters from the author?s previous book Einstein?s Enigma or Black Holes in My... more...

  • La Planete Marsby Camille Flammarion; William Sheehan; Patrick Moore

    Springer International Publishing 2014; US$ 179.00

    Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) began his career at 16 as a human computer under the great mathematician U. J. J. Le Verrier at the Paris Observatory.  He soon tired of the drudgery; he was drawn to more romantic vistas, and at 19 wrote a book on an idea that he was to make his own?the habitability of other worlds.  There followed a career as France?s... more...

  • Nonequilibrium and Irreversibilityby Giovanni Gallavotti

    Springer 2014; US$ 109.00

    This book concentrates on the properties of the stationary states in chaotic systems of particles or fluids, leaving aside the theory of the way they can be reached. The stationary states of particles or of fluids (understood as probability distributions on microscopic configurations or on the fields describing continua) have received important new... more...