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The Natural Laws of the Universe : Understanding Fundamental Constants (Paperback)

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Constants, such as the gravitational constant and the speed of light, are present in all the laws of physics, yet recent observations have cast doubt on one of them. This book examines constants, the role they play in the laws of physics, and whether indeed constants can be verified. The authors provide an overview of the history of the ideas of physics, evoking major discoveries from Galileo and Newton to Planck and Einstein and raising questions provoked by ever more current accurate observations. Theyinvestigate the solidity of the foundations of physics and discuss the implications of the discovery of the non-constancy of a constant. From the laboratory to the depths of space, this highly instructive survey explores the paths of gravitation, generalrelativity and new theories such as that of superstrings. It even goes beyond the subject of constants to explain and discuss many ideas in physics, encountering along the way, for example, such exciting details as the discovery of a natural nuclear reactor at Oklo in Gabon-- *Author: Uzan, Jean-philippe/ Leclercq, Benedicte *Series Title: Springer Praxis Books *Subtitle: Understanding Fundamental Constants *Publication Date: 2008/09/01 *Number of Pages: 135 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.25


Publisher Praxis
Mfg Part# 9780387734545
SKU 205536074
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0387734546
Release Date 6/1/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0135
Publisher Springer
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