The equations : icons of knowledge
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 Sander Bais.
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2005.
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 96 p. : ill ; 20 cm.
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 Bais, Sander.
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 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 KortewegDe Vries equation
 Thermodynamics : the three laws of thermodynamics
 Kinetic theory : the Boltzmann equation
 Hydrodynamics : the NavierStokes 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
 Electroweak interactions : the GlasgowWeinbergSalam model
 String theory : the superstring action
 Back to the future : a final perspective
 Publisher's Summary
 The mysteries of the physical world speak to us through equations  compact statements about the way nature works, expressed in nature's language, mathematics. In this book by the renowned Dutch physicist Sander Bais, the equations that govern our world unfold in all their formal grace  and their deeper meaning as core symbols of our civilisation. Trying to explain science without equations is like trying to explain art without illustrations. Consequently Bais has produced a book that, unlike any other aimed at nonscientists, delves into the details  historical, biographical, practical, philosophical and mathematical  of seventeen equations that form the very basis of what we know of the universe today. A mathematical objet d'art in its own right, the book conveys the transcendent excitement and beauty of these icons of knowledge as they reveal and embody the fundamental truths of physical reality. These are the seventeen equations that represent radical turning points in our understanding  from mechanics to electrodynamics, hydrodynamics to relativity, quantum mechanics to string theory  their meanings revealed through the careful and critical observation of patterns and motions in nature. Mercifully short on dry theoretical elaborations, the book presents these equations as they are  with the information about their variables, history and applications that allows us to chart their critical function, and their crucial place, in the complex web of modern science. Reading The Equations, we can hear nature speaking to us in its native language.
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 Publication date
 2005
 ISBN
 0674019679
 9780674019676