On Gravity

On Gravity

In On Gravity, physicist A. Zee combines profound depth with incisive accessibility to take us on an original and compelling tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Author: A. Zee

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691202662

Category: Science

Page: 198

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"Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity might be the least understood and yet the one with which we are most intimate. From the months each of us spent suspended in the womb anticipating birth to the moments when we wait for sleep to transport us to other realities, we are always aware of gravity. In On Gravity, physicist A. Zee combines profound depth with incisive accessibility to take us on an original and compelling tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Inspired by Einstein's audacious suggestion that spacetime could ripple, Zee begins with the stunning discovery of gravity waves. He goes on to explain how gravity can be understood in comparison to other classical field theories, presents the idea of curved spacetime and the action principle, and explores cutting-edge topics, including black holes and Hawking radiation. Zee travels as far as the theory reaches, leaving us with tantalizing hints of the utterly unknown, from the intransigence of quantum gravity to the mysteries of dark matter and energy. Concise and precise, and infused with Zee's signature warmth and freshness of style, On Gravity opens a unique pathway to comprehending relativity and gaining deep insight into gravity, spacetime, and the workings of the universe"--Publisher's website.
Categories: Science

Fly by Night Physics

Fly by Night Physics

From Zee, A. On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject, Princeton University Press, 2018. was the shortest possible path between Los Angeles and Taipei. The answer to the universality of the mystery force is to be sought, ...

Author: A. Zee

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691182544

Category: Science

Page: 454

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The essential primer for physics students who want to build their physical intuition Presented in A. Zee's incomparably engaging style, this book introduces physics students to the practice of using physical reasoning and judicious guesses to get at the crux of a problem. An essential primer for advanced undergraduates and beyond, Fly by Night Physics reveals the simple and effective techniques that researchers use to think through a problem to its solution—or failing that, to smartly guess the answer—before starting any calculations. In typical physics classrooms, students seek to master an enormous toolbox of mathematical methods, which are necessary to do the precise calculations used in physics. Consequently, students often develop the unfortunate impression that physics consists of well-defined problems that can be solved with tightly reasoned and logical steps. Idealized textbook exercises and homework problems reinforce this erroneous impression. As a result, even the best students can find themselves completely unprepared for the challenges of doing actual research. In reality, physics is replete with back of the envelope estimates, order of magnitude guesses, and fly by night leaps of logic. Including exciting problems related to cutting-edge topics in physics, from Hawking radiation to gravity waves, this indispensable book will help students more deeply understand the equations they have learned and develop the confidence to start flying by night to arrive at the answers they seek. For instructors, a solutions manual is available upon request.
Categories: Science

Quantum Field Theory as Simply as Possible

Quantum Field Theory  as Simply as Possible

... retitled as Einstein's Universe: Gravity at Work and Play, Oxford University Press, 2001. Unity of Forces in the Universe, World Scientific, 1982. On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject, 2018. Fly by Night Physics, 2020.

Author: A. Zee

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691239279

Category: Science

Page: 393

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An exceptionally accessible introduction to quantum field theory Quantum field theory is by far the most spectacularly successful theory in physics, but also one of the most mystifying. Quantum Field Theory, as Simply as Possible provides an essential primer on the subject, giving readers the conceptual foundations they need to wrap their heads around one of the most important yet baffling subjects in physics. Quantum field theory grew out of quantum mechanics in the late 1930s and was developed by a generation of brilliant young theorists, including Julian Schwinger and Richard Feynman. Their predictions were experimentally verified to an astounding accuracy unmatched by the rest of physics. Quantum field theory unifies quantum mechanics and special relativity, thus providing the framework for understanding the quantum mysteries of the subatomic world. With his trademark blend of wit and physical insight, A. Zee guides readers from the classical notion of the field to the modern frontiers of quantum field theory, covering a host of topics along the way, including antimatter, Feynman diagrams, virtual particles, the path integral, quantum chromodynamics, electroweak unification, grand unification, and quantum gravity. A unique and valuable introduction for students and general readers alike, Quantum Field Theory, as Simply as Possible explains how quantum field theory informs our understanding of the universe, and how it can shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of physics.
Categories: Science

The Atlantic Monthly

The Atlantic Monthly

This request confers upon me a cer- tain right to express my opinion on this weighty subject without fear and with- out reproach even from those who might be ready to take offence at one of the laity for meddling with pulpit questions .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015030108016

Category: American essays

Page: 970

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Categories: American essays

Over the Teacups

Over the Teacups

... a certain right to express my opinion on this weighty subject without fear and without reproach even from those who ... There is a certain gravity in the position of one who is , in the order of nature , very near the undiscovered ...

Author: Holmes

Publisher:

ISBN: UBBE:UBBE-00034265

Category:

Page:

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Things new and old

Things new and old

thoughts on this most weighty subject . We are in danger , while seeking to avoid error on one side , of falling into error on the other . We are poor , feeble , ignorant , erring creatures , whose only security is in our being kept ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:555011225

Category:

Page: 360

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Over the Teacups

Over the Teacups

right to express my opinion on this weighty subject without fear and without reproach even from those who might be ready to take offence at one of the laity for meddling with pulpit questions . It shows also that this is not a dead ...

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HX4YAT

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 466

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A collection of humorous and mirthful observations on various issues and events.
Categories: American wit and humor

Akim Foo

Akim Foo

I answered , that this goat business was a very weighty subject ; so grave a matter , that it had better stand over ... and nonsensical platitudes delivered with an appearance of great gravity , and he will greedily swallow it all .

Author: Butler

Publisher:

ISBN: UBBE:UBBE-00007656

Category: Akyem Abuakwa (Ghana)

Page: 300

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Categories: Akyem Abuakwa (Ghana)

Akim foo

Akim foo

I answered , that this goat business was a very weighty subject ; so grave a matter , that it had better stand over ... and nonsensical platitudes delivered with an appearance of great gravity , and he will greedily swallow it all .

Author: Sir William Francis Butler

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B303649

Category: Ashanti War, 1873-1874

Page: 328

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Categories: Ashanti War, 1873-1874

The Century Dictionary The Century dictionary

   The    Century Dictionary  The Century dictionary

solemn How would an old Roman laugh , were it possible for him to see the solemn dissertations that have been made on these weighty subjects ! Addison , Ancient Medals , i . The solemn fop , significant and budge ; A fool with judges ...

Author: William Dwight Whitney

Publisher:

ISBN: NLI:3005193-70

Category: Atlases

Page: 908

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Categories: Atlases