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Title:The Character of Physical Law
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Richard Feynman, James Gleick
Publisher:Modern Library
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Number of Pages:192
Category:Physics, Non fiction, Popular science, Philosophy, Science, Essays, Mathematics, Quantum mechanics, Reference, Th century

The Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman, James Gleick

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Character of Physical Law In the Messenger Lectures originally delivered at Cornell University amp recorded for TV by the BBC Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws amp gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law isn t how clever we are to have found it out but how clever nature is to pay attention to it amp tends his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance amp simplicity of all scientific laws Rather than an essay on the most significant achievements in modern science i The Character of Physical Law i is a statement of what is most remarkable in nature His enlightened approach wit amp enthusiasm make this a memorable exposition of the scientist s craft The Law of Gravitation is the principal example Relating the details of its discovery amp stressing its mathematical character he uses it to demonstrate the essential interaction of mathematics amp physics He views mathematics as the key to any system of scientific laws suggesting that if it were possible to fill out the structure of scientific theory completely the result would be an integrated set of axioms The principles of conservation symmetry amp time irreversibility are then considered in relation to developments in classical amp modern physics In his final lecture he develops his own analysis of the process amp future of scientific discovery Like any set of oral reflections i The Character of Physical Law i has value as a demonstration of a mind in action The reader is particularly lucky in Feynman One of the most eminent amp imaginative modern physicists he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology until his death in He s best known for work on the quantum theory of the electromagnetic field as well as for later research in the field of low temperature physics In he received the Albert Einstein Award for an outstanding contribution to knowledge in mathematical amp physical sciences in he was appointed to Foreign Membership in the Royal Society amp was awarded the Nobel Prize

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