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Pursuing power and light : technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein, Bruce J. Hunt

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Pursuing power and light : technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein
Title
Pursuing power and light
Title remainder
technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein
Statement of responsibility
Bruce J. Hunt
Title variation
Technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The most important advancements in physics, the science of energy and the theory of the electromagnetic field, were deeply rooted in the new technologies of the steam engine, the telegraph, and electric power and light. The author here explores how the leading technologies of the industrial age helped reshape modern physics. This particular period in history marked a watershed in how human beings exerted power over the world around them. Sweeping changes in manufacturing, transportation, and communications transformed the economy, society, and daily life in ways never before imagined. At the same time, physical scientists made great strides in the study of energy, atoms, and electromagnetism. In this book the author shows how technology informed science and vice versa, examining the interaction between steam technology and the formulation of the laws of thermodynamics, for example, and that between telegraphy and the rise of electrical science. This introduction to the history of physics points to the shift to atomic and quantum physics. It closes with a brief look at Albert Einstein's work at the Swiss patent office and the part it played in his formulation of relativity theory
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Hunt, Bruce J
Dewey number
609.034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
T173.8
LC item number
.H92 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science
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  • Technological innovations
  • Technological innovations
  • Research
  • Research
  • Physical sciences
  • Physical sciences
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Pursuing power and light : technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein, Bruce J. Hunt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-176) and index
Contents
  • Einstein at the patent office
  • A world transformed
  • Steam and work
  • Energy and entropy
  • The kinetic theory: chaos and order
  • Electricity: currents and networks
  • Electromagnetism: ether and field
  • Electric power and light
  • Into a new century
Control code
ocn344061957
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
182 p.
Isbn
9780801893582
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009020235
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)344061957
Label
Pursuing power and light : technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein, Bruce J. Hunt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-176) and index
Contents
  • Einstein at the patent office
  • A world transformed
  • Steam and work
  • Energy and entropy
  • The kinetic theory: chaos and order
  • Electricity: currents and networks
  • Electromagnetism: ether and field
  • Electric power and light
  • Into a new century
Control code
ocn344061957
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
182 p.
Isbn
9780801893582
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009020235
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)344061957

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