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Unifying the Universe

The Physics of Heaven and Earth, 1st Edition

By Hasan S. Padamsee

CRC Press

668 pages

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Unifying the Universe: The Physics of Heaven and Earth provides a solid background in basic physics. With a humanistic perspective, it shows how science is significant for more than its technological consequences. The book includes clear and well-planned links to the arts and philosophies of relevant historical periods to bring science and the humanities together.

Reviews

"… a beautiful discussion of the progression of our understanding of the physical world and universe. The book is ideally suited to provide a scientific background for university students not majoring in science."

-Professor David Lee (Nobel Laureate in Physics), Cornell University

"… a masterful synthesis of humanity's long search to understand the deep workings of the universe. Richly illustrated and expertly told, you want to read this book slowly to savor our species' bold and creative attempts to understand our place in the cosmos."

-Professor Brian Greene, Columbia University, author of The Elegant Universe

Table of Contents

PART 1: THE EARTH

The Shapes of Nature: Beginnings of Scientific Thought

Matter in Motion-An Elementary Quest: Beyond Reason and Observation

Science Lost, Science Regained: The Rise of Empiricism

Terrestrial Motion: Dynamic Symmetries

PART 2: THE HEAVENS

Celestial Motion: A Heavenly Romance with the Solar System

Spherical Models: Scaling the Cosmos

Reformation and Revolution: Changing Perspectives

Laws of Motion in the Heavens: Opening New Doors through Precision

A New Heaven: A Wide-Open Universe

PART 3: SYNTHESIS

Rise of the Mechanical Universe: Unifying Space and Time

Universal Gravitation: The First Synthesis

Epilogue: Unity in Physics

Chapter End Notes

Sources and Bibliography

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics