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.
"… 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
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