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The equations : icons of knowledge / Sander Bais.

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Author/Creator:
Bais, Sander.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2005
Imprint:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2005.
Format:
  • Book
  • 96 p. : ill ; 20 cm.
Contents:
  • The tautological toolkit
  • Rise and fall : the logistic equation
  • Mechanics and gravity : Newton's dynamical equations and universal law of gravity
  • The electromagnetic force : the Lorentz force law
  • A local conservation law : the continuity equation
  • Electrodynamics : the Maxwell equations
  • Electromagnetic waves : the wave equations
  • Solitary waves : the Korteweg-De Vries equation
  • Thermodynamics : the three laws of thermodynamics
  • Kinetic theory : the Boltzmann equation
  • Hydrodynamics : the Navier-Stokes equations
  • Special relativity : relativistic kinematics
  • General relativity : the Einstein equations
  • Quantum mechanics : the Schrödinger equation
  • The relativistic electron : the Dirac equation
  • The strong force : quantum chromodynamics
  • Electro-weak interactions : the Glasgow-Weinberg-Salam model
  • String theory : the superstring action
  • Back to the future : a final perspective
Summary:
"In this book Sander Bais takes the reader on a journey, unveiling the beauty and meaning of seventeen equations that constitute the basis of our knowledge of the physical world."--BOOK JACKET.
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ISBN:
0674019679
9780674019676

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