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From x-rays to quarks : modern physicists and their discoveries / Emilio Segrè.


San Francisco : W.H. Freeman, [1980] .
ISBN 9780716711476, 071671146X, 0716711478, 9780716711469

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Standard Title Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea. English
Subjects Atomphysik.
Elementarteilchenphysik.
Natuurkundigen.
Physiciens -- Biographies.
Physicists -- Biography.
Physicists.
Physics -- History.
Physics.
Physik.
Physique -- Histoire.
Description ix, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1980]
©1980
Notes Includes indexes.
Translation of Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-326).
Translation of Personaggi e scoperte nella fisica contemporanea.
Summary A Nobel Laureate offers impressions and recollections of the development of modern physics. Rather than a chronological approach, Segrè emphasizes interesting, complex personalities who often appear only in footnotes. Readers will find that this book adds considerably to their understanding of science and includes compelling topics of current interest.
Contents Introduction -- H. Becquerel, the Curies, and the discovery of radioactivity -- Rutherford in the new world : the transmutation of elements -- Planck, unwilling revolutionary : the idea of quantization -- Einstein, new ways of thinking : space, time, relativity, and quanta -- Sir Ernest and Lord Rutherford of Nelson -- Bohr and atomic models -- A true quantum mechanics at last -- The wonder year 1932 : neutron, positron, deuterium, and other discoveries -- Enrico Fermi and nuclear energy -- E.O. Lawrence and particle accelerators -- Beyond the nucleus -- New branches from the old stump -- Conclusions -- Appendix 1. Stefan's law, Wien's law -- Appendix 2. Planck's hunt for the blackbody radiation formula -- Appendix 3. Einstein's heuristic argument for postulating the existence of light quanta -- Appendix 4. Brownian motion -- Appendix 5. Blackbody energy fluctuations according to Einstein -- Appendix 6. Specific heat of solids according to Einstein -- Appendix 7. A and B of Einstein -- Appendix 8. J.J. Thomson's parabola method for finding e/m of ions -- Appendix 9. Bohr's hydrogen atom -- Appendix 10. Quantum mechanics in a nutshell.
Genre Biography.
History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5946636
(OCoLC)ocm05946636
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WorldCat Identities Segrè, Emilio.
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