S. Chandrasekhar, Kameshwar C. Wali's A quest for perspectives: selected works of S. PDF

By S. Chandrasekhar, Kameshwar C. Wali

ISBN-10: 1860942016

ISBN-13: 9781860942013

This necessary paintings provides chosen papers of S. Chandrasekhar, co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983 and a systematic huge renowned for his prolific and enormous contributions to astrophysics, physics and utilized arithmetic. The reader will locate the following so much of Chandrasekhar's articles that ended in significant advancements in numerous components of physics and astrophysics. There also are articles of a favored and old nature, in addition to a few hitherto unpublished fabric in accordance with Chandrasekhar's talks at meetings. every one part of the e-book includes annotations by way of the editor.

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And can I manage to describe and explain this “condensation” invented by Einstein without equations? Is it possible to explain in plain English the nature of a discovery made in the arena of quantum physics—a branch of physics renowned for being so completely removed from our daily experience? Let’s see. Around a hundred years ago, quantum physics was born out of the need to explain the structure of the atom—I’ll come back to that in the next chapter. Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Bose, Fermi, Dirac, de Broglie, and many others overturned our understanding of what matter and waves are, especially light, by discovering that everything was both wave and particle at the same time.

But, for the moment, I’ll settle for a few words about biology, archeology, and history—regarding the Earth and its daughter, the Moon, to show you that the reality of science sometimes outdoes science fiction. At the time when Henri Becquerel and Pierre and Marie Curie discovered natural radioactivity, the phenomenon seemed so extraordinary that some people thought they would be able to cure anything by irradiating people. But Marie Curie died from leukemia, which was caused by the massive doses of radiation she absorbed while manipulating her radium all day.

By way of all of these digressions, I’ve gone from radioactivity to the history of the Earth. While we’re here, I may as well add two more things: one on dinosaurs and one on extraterrestrials. pdf WBG Soft Proof 4/21/08 2:51:46 PM Pg 36 CHAPTER 3 –1___ 0___ +1___ start with the dinosaurs. All twenty-first century schoolchildren know that there was once a wide variety of dinosaurs and that they have practically all disappeared. When was that? Once again, we’ve learned through dating methods that the last dinosaurs died exactly 65 million years ago, just at the end of the Secondary Period (the Cretaceous) and the beginning of the Tertiary.

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