The Evolution of Physics : The growth of ideas from early concepts to relativity and quanta by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1951. Hardcover. 316 pages ; 21 cm. Soiling to dust jacket with a few rips and tears around the DJ edges. Faded cover cloth, pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE LAYMAN does not often have the opportunity of reading a simple exposition of advanced scientific thought written by the man who did the actual creative thinking.
In this book, which is the result of a happy collaboration between the author of the theory of Relativity and one of his own co-workers in research, there will be found an easily understood but authoritative account of the growth of ideas in physical science from the earliest concepts to the more abstruse theories of modern times. The story they have to tell of this evolutionary development is one of the most fascinating that the human mind can meet with—the story of mankind's attempt to comprehend through inventive thought its own relationship to the external world.
In simple, straightforward language, avoiding all highly technical terms and mathematical formulae, the authors have traced with beautiful clarity the steps from the mechanical view of the universe invented by the classical physicists, through the decline of this mechanical view, to the more satisfactory explanations evolved by modern science.
They illustrate their more difficult points with graphic clearness by a series of diagrams, and by using comparisons with the experiences of everyday life. They make comprehensible to the average reader the whole range of evolving thought in physical science, and they explain the significance of the most important contributions since the time of Newton—the inventions of the ideas of Field, Relativity, and Quanta.
Here is the story of man's conquest of his own ignorance. To read it is to participate in one of the greatest adventures of all time—the adventure of expanding the horizon of knowledge, the adventure of man's magnificent struggle to understand the laws governing the universe in which he lives.
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