Physics used to be the top technological know-how of the 20 th century and the booklet retraces vital discoveries, made among 1895 and 2001, in a hundred self-contained episodes. each one is a quick tale of the scientists concerned, their time, and their paintings. jointly they shape a mosaic of recent physics: formulating relativity and quantum mechanics, discovering the components of topic and unravelling the forces among them, figuring out the operating of conductors and semiconductors, gaining knowledge of and explaining macroscopic quantum results (superconductivity, superfluidity, quantum corridor effect), constructing novel experimental concepts just like the Geiger counter and particle accelerators, development innovative functions just like the transistor and the laser, and staring at miraculous gains of our cosmos (expanding universe, cosmic history radiation). The textual content is meant for simple studying. sometimes, a extra thorough dialogue of experimental set-ups and theoretical innovations is gifted in detailed bins for readers attracted to extra aspect. Episodes include huge references to biographies and unique medical literature. The booklet is richly illustrated through approximately six hundred photos, pictures, and figures.

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