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BeschreibungGalileo, one of whose fingers is preserved in a vessel displayed in Florence, provided much of the impetus for modern science, pointing the way out of medieval ignorance. A brilliant account of the central ideas of contemporary science, exploring the effectiveness of Galileo's symbolic finger for revealing the nature of our universe, our world, and ourselves.
InhaltsverzeichnisPrologue: the emergence of understanding ;
1. Evolution: the emergence of complexity ;
2. DNA: the rationalization of biology ;
3. Energy: the universalization of accountancy ;
4. Entropy: the spring of change ;
5. Atoms: the reduction of matter ;
6. Symmetry: the quantification of beauty ;
7. Quanta: the simplification of understanding ;
8. Cosmology: the globalization of reality ;
9. Spacetime: the arena of action ;
10. Arithmetic: the limitation of explanation ; Epilogue: the future of understanding ; Further Reading ; Index
PortraitPeter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College at Oxford University. He is the author of several world-famous chemistry textbooks. One reason why these continue to be leaders throughout the world after more than two decades is his remarkable gift for being able to explain things - especially challenging concepts - memorably and with great clarity. This gift has regularly been deployed in his books for the general reader (Richard Dawkins hasdescribed one of them, The Creation, as 'the most beautifully written popular science book ever'), but never to better effect than now, in Galileo's Finger.
Pressestimmen"An accessible and informative introduction to Western scientific thought."--Science News
"For the uninitiated, this is remedial education that is pleasurable rather than punishing."--Booklist
"The Nobel Prize for Literature has never been won by a scientist. It is high time it happened, and Peter Atkins would be my candidate. He is not a popularizer of science in the ordinary sense.... He is not afraid to lead us toward the far horizons of scientific understanding but, rather than oversimplify and trivialise, he uses his powerful mastery of the English language to open our eyes to the poetry of deep science.... Atkins's literate prose leaves us inspired, fulfilled, enriched, and properly alive."--Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and Unweaving the Rainbow
Untertitel: The Ten Great Ideas of Science. numerous halftones & figures. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 398 Seiten