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1 Weinert, Friedel The Demons of Science I10450 2016 eBook  
2 d'Espagnat, Bernard The Quantum World I10434 2017 eBook  
3 Webb, Stephen All the Wonder that Would Be I10373 2017 eBook  
4 Vanderwerf, Dennis F The Story of Light Science I10368 2017 eBook  
5 Barrett, Ross Physics: The Ultimate Adventure I10296 2016 eBook  
6 Genta, Giancarlo A Man From Planet Earth I10269 2016 eBook  
7 Cramer, John G The Quantum Handshake I10248 2016 eBook  
8 Bahr, Benjamin Quirky Quarks I10192 2016 eBook  
9 van Holten, Theo The Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So! I10170 2017 eBook  
10 Nahin, Paul J Time Machine Tales I10155 2017 eBook  
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TitleThe Demons of Science : What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World
Author(s)Weinert, Friedel
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionIX, 251 p. 40 illus., 8 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplace???s Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell???s Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche???s thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demons???s worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cannot tell us about our world.
ISBN,Price9783319317083
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. Philosophy and science 6. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 7. PHYSICS 8. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleThe Quantum World : Philosophical Debates on Quantum Physics
Author(s)d'Espagnat, Bernard;Zwirn, Herv??
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXVII, 299 p. 11 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this largely nontechnical book, eminent physicists and philosophers address the philosophical impact of recent advances in quantum physics. These are shown to shed new light on profound questions about realism, determinism, causality or locality. The participants contribute in the spirit of an open and honest discussion, reminiscent of the time when science and philosophy were inseparable. After the editors??? introduction, the next chapter reveals the strangeness of quantum mechanics and the subsequent discussions examine our notion of reality. The spotlight is then turned to the topic of decoherence. Bohm???s theory is critically examined in two chapters, and the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics is likewise described and discussed. The penultimate chapter presents a proposal for resolving the measurement problem, and finally the topic of loop quantum gravity is presented by one of its founding fathers, Carlo Rovelli. The original presentations and discussions on which this volume is based took place under the auspices of the French ???Acad??mie des Sciences Morales et Politiques???. The book will appeal to everybody interested in knowing how our description of the world is impacted by the results of the most powerful and successful theory that physicists have ever built
ISBN,Price9783319554204
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. Philosophy and science 5. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 6. PHYSICS 7. Popular Science in Physics 8. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleAll the Wonder that Would Be : Exploring Past Notions of the Future
Author(s)Webb, Stephen
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXIII, 344 p. 80 illus., 71 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteIt has been argued that science fiction (SF) gives a kind of weather forecast ??? not the telling of a fortune but rather the rough feeling of what the future might be like. The intention in this book is to consider some of these bygone forecasts made by SF and to use this as a prism through which to view current developments in science and technology. In each of the ten main chapters - dealing in turn with antigravity, space travel, aliens, time travel, the nature of reality, invisibility, robots, means of transportation, augmentation of the human body, and, last but not least, mad scientists - common assumptions once made by the SF community about how the future would turn out are compared with our modern understanding of various scientific phenomena and, in some cases, with the industrial scaling of computational and technological breakthroughs. A further intention is to explain how the predictions and expectations of SF were rooted in the scientific orthodoxy of their day, and use this to explore how our scientific understanding of various topics has developed over time, as well as to demonstrate how the ideas popularized in SF subsequently influenced working scientists. Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books
ISBN,Price9783319517599
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. LIFE SCIENCES 5. PHYSICS 6. Popular Life Sciences 7. Popular Science in Astronomy 8. Popular Science in Physics 9. Popular Science in Technology 10. TECHNOLOGY
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TitleThe Story of Light Science : From Early Theories to Today's Extraordinary Applications
Author(s)Vanderwerf, Dennis F
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXIV, 332 p. 218 illus., 5 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book traces the evolution of our understanding and utilization of light from classical antiquity and the early thoughts of Pythagoras to the present time. From the earliest recorded theories and experiments to the latest applications in photonic communication and computation, the ways in which light has been put to use are numerous and astounding. Indeed, some of the latest advances in light science are in fields that until recently belonged to the realm of science fiction. The author, writing for an audience of both students and other scientifically interested readers, describes fundamental investigations of the nature of light and ongoing methods to measure its speed as well as the emergence of the wave theory of light and the complementary photon theory. The importance of light in the theory of relativity is discussed as is the development of electrically-driven light sources and lasers. The information here covers the range of weak single-photon light sources to super-high power lasers and synchrotron light sources. Many cutting-edge topics are also introduced, including entanglement-based quantum communication through optical fibers and free space, quantum teleportation, and quantum computing. The nature and use of "squeezed light" - e.g. for gravitational wave detection - is another fascinating excursion, as is the topic of fabricated metamaterials, as used to create invisibility cloaks. Here the reader also learns about the realization of extremely slow speed and time-reversed light. The theories, experiments, and applications described in this book are, whenever possible, derived from original references. The many annotated drawings and level of detail make clear the goals, procedures, and conclusions of the original investigators. Where they are required, all specialist terms and mathematical symbols are defined and explained. The final part of the book covers light experi ments in the free space of the cosmos, and also speculates about scenarios for the cosmological origins of light and the expected fate of the photon in a dying universe. The final part of the book covers light experiments in the free space of the cosmos, and also speculates about scenarios for the cosmological origins of light and the expected fate of the photon in a dying universe
ISBN,Price9783319643168
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. LASERS 5. MICROWAVES 6. Microwaves, RF and Optical Engineering 7. OPTICAL ENGINEERING 8. Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices 9. PHOTONICS 10. PHYSICS 11. Popular Science in Physics 12. QUANTUM COMPUTERS 13. Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics 14. SPINTRONICS
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TitlePhysics: The Ultimate Adventure
Author(s)Barrett, Ross;Delsanto, Pier Paolo;Tartaglia, Angelo
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXVI, 218 p. 39 illus., 25 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book explains - in simple terms and with almost no math - the physics behind recent and glamorous discoveries in Cosmology, Quantum Mechanics, Elementary Particles (e.g. Higgs bosons) and Complexity Theory. En route it delves into the historical landmarks and revolutions that brought about our current understanding of the universe. The book is written mainly for those with little scientific background, both college students and lay readers alike, who are curious about the world of modern physics. Unsolved problems are highlighted and the philosophical implications of the sometimes astounding modern discoveries are discussed. Along the way the reader gains an insight into the mindset and methodology of a physicist
ISBN,Price9783319316918
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. Classical and Continuum Physics 5. Continuum physics 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Elementary particles (Physics) 9. Elementary Particles, Quantum Field Theory 10. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 11. PHYSICS 12. Popular Science in Physics 13. QUANTUM FIELD THEORY 14. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleA Man From Planet Earth : A Scientific Novel
Author(s)Genta, Giancarlo
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXI, 308 p. 6 illus., 1 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteSometime in the not-too-distant future ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is home to a number of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any contact with civilizations that have not yet achieved both a substantial spacefaring capability and sufficient maturity to control the technology explosion before triggering their own extinction. ?? While this policy is intended to only bring in peaceful new members, matters change entirely when the confederation is threatened by some unknown entity - is the menace real or imagined? ??The confederation decides to break with the rules and sends a delegate to Earth to hire one of the supposedly belligerent Earthlings to investigate and to revive the confederation???s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman agrees, but demands a high price: should he succeed, the confederation will have to accept Earth as a new member. As the threat becomes ever more acute, the question soon becomes which mission will prove harder - saving the confederation or convincing it to accept the deal! ?? The extensive appendix, written in non-technical language, reviews the scientific and technological topics underlying the plot - ranging from the Fermi paradox, space travel and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on possible universal convergences in technological and biological development
ISBN,Price9783319211152
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EARTH 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GEOLOGY 7. LIFE SCIENCES 8. PHYSICS 9. Popular Earth Science 10. Popular Life Sciences 11. Popular Science in Astronomy 12. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleThe Quantum Handshake : Entanglement, Nonlocality and Transactions
Author(s)Cramer, John G
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXXV, 218 p. 90 illus., 34 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book shines bright light into the dim recesses of quantum theory, where the mysteries of entanglement, nonlocality, and wave collapse have motivated some to conjure up multiple universes, and others to adopt a "shut up and calculate" mentality. After an extensive and accessible introduction to quantum mechanics and its history, the author turns attention to his transactional model. Using a quantum handshake between normal and time-reversed waves, this model provides a clear visual picture explaining the baffling experimental results that flow daily from the quantum physics laboratories of the world. To demonstrate its powerful simplicity, the transactional model is applied to a collection of counter-intuitive experiments and conceptual problems
ISBN,Price9783319246420
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 4. PHYSICS 5. Popular Science in Physics 6. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleQuirky Quarks : A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics
Author(s)Bahr, Benjamin;Lemmer, Boris;Piccolo, Rina
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016.
DescriptionXVIII, 319 p : online resource
Abstract NoteHard Science Doesn't Have to be Hard Do you love quantum physics, cosmology, and the humor behind the popular television show The Big Bang Theory? Have you been on the lookout for a fun, non-technical explanation of the science behind things like time travel, wormholes, antimatter, and dark energy? You???ll find all of that, and more, inside this fact-filled, cartoon-packed book. In Quirky Quarks: A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics you???ll get: The latest science behind the mysteries of our universe explained in common everyday language. A major dose of cartoons, comics, and humor. A good grasp on the often-bizarre nature of reality. Start reading and you???ll find that hard science does not have to be hard. Whether you???re a teacher, a physicist, or just a lover of the curious, this is the book that delivers the facts in an engaging and entertaining cartoon world inhabited by two dogs, a cat, and some very quirky quarks. With cutting edge science articles by physicists Boris Lemmer and Benjamin Bahr, and drawings by cartoonist Rina Piccolo, this may be the most fun science reading you???re likely to find out there
ISBN,Price9783662495094
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. PHYSICS 4. Physics, general 5. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleThe Atomic World Spooky? It Ain't Necessarily So! : Emergent Quantum Mechanics, How the Classical Laws of Nature Can Conspire to Cause Quantum-Like Behaviour
Author(s)van Holten, Theo
PublicationParis, 1. Atlantis Press 2. Imprint: Atlantis Press, 2017.
DescriptionXX, 561 p. 241 illus., 191 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThe present book takes the discovery that quantum-like behaviour is not solely reserved to atomic particles one step further. If electrons are modelled as vibrating droplets instead of the usually assumed point objects, and if the classical laws of nature are applied, then exactly the same behaviour as in quantum theory is found, quantitatively correct! The world of atoms is strange and quantum mechanics, the theory of this world, is almost magic. Or is it? Tiny droplets of oil bouncing round on a fluid surface can also mimic the world of quantum mechanics. For the layman - for whom the main part of this book is written - this is good news. If the everyday laws of nature can conspire to show up quantum-like phenomena, there is hope to form mental pictures how the atomic world works. The book is almost formula-free, and explains everything by using many sketches and diagrams. The mathematical derivations underlying the main text are kept separate in a -peer reviewed - appendix. The author, a retired professor of Flight Mechanics and Propulsion at the Delft University of Technology, chose to publish his findings in this mixed popular and scientific form, because he found that interested laymen more often than professional physicists feel the need to form visualisations of quantum phenomena
ISBN,Price9789462392342
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. EPISTEMOLOGY 4. PHYSICS 5. Popular Science in Physics 6. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleTime Machine Tales : The Science Fiction Adventures and Philosophical Puzzles of Time Travel
Author(s)Nahin, Paul J
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXLIX, 383 p. 53 illus., 3 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book contains a broad overview of time travel in science fiction, along with a detailed examination of the philosophical implications of time travel. The emphasis of this book is now on the philosophical and on science fiction, rather than on physics, as in the author's earlier books on the subject. In that spirit there are, for example, no Tech Notes filled with algebra, integrals, and differential equations, as there are in the first and second editions of TIME MACHINES. Writing about time travel is, today, a respectable business. It hasn???t always been so. After all, time travel, prima facie, appears to violate a fundamental law of nature; every effect has a cause, with the cause occurring before the effect. Time travel to the past, however, seems to allow, indeed to demand, backwards causation, with an effect (the time traveler emerging into the past as he exits from his time machine) occurring before its cause (the time traveler pushing the start button on his machine???s control panel to start his trip backward through time). Time Machine Tales includes new discussions of the advances by physicists and philosophers that have appeared since the publication of TIME MACHINES in 1999, examples of which are the chapters on time travel paradoxes. Those chapters have been brought up-to-date with the latest philosophical thinking on the paradoxes. Paul Nahin is THE authority on the intricate physics of time travel, paradoxes and all. He makes the field as clear as it can be. ??? Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
ISBN,Price9783319488646
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. GRAVITATION 5. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 6. PHILOSOPHY 7. Philosophy and science 8. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science in Philosophy 11. Popular Science in Physics
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