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The Restless universe
Introduction to The restless Universe

1 The lawful Universe

2 The clockwork Universe

3 The irreversible Universe

4 The intangible Universe

5 The uncertain Universe

6 Closing items


Other titles in the Physical World series

Describing motion

Predicting motion

Classical physics of matter

Static fields and potentials

Dynamic fields and waves

Quantum physics: an introduction

Quantum physics of matter

S207 Course Team

Course Team Chair
Robert Lambourne

Academic Editors
John Bolton, Alan Durrant, Robert Lambourne, Joy Manners, Andy Norton

David Broadhurst, Derek Capper, Dan Dubin, Tony Evans, Ian Halliday, Carole Haswell, Keith Higgins, Keith Hodgkinson, Mark Jones, Sally Jordan, Ray Mackintosh, David Martin, John Perring, Michael de Podesta, Ian Saunders, Richard Skelding, Tony Sudbery, Stan Zochowski

Alan Cayless, Melvin Davies, Graham Farmelo, Stuart Freake, Gloria Medina, Kerry Parker, Alice Peasgood, Graham Read, Russell Stannard, Chris Wigglesworth

Course Managers
Gillian Knight, Michael Watkins

Course Secretaries

Tracey Moore, Tracey Woodcraft

Deborah Cohen, Tessa Coombs, Steve Evanson, Lisa Hinton, Michael Peet, Jane Roberts

Gerry Bearman, Rebecca Graham, Ian Nuttall, Peter Twomey

Graphic Designers
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Centre for Educational Software staff
Geoff Austin, Andrew Bertie, Canan Blake, Jane Bromley, Philip Butcher, Chris Denham, Nicky Heath, Will Rawes, Jon Rosewell, Andy Sutton, Fiona Thomson, Rufus Wondre

Course Assessor
Roger Blin-Stoyle

Picture Researcher
Lydia K. Eaton

The Course Team wishes to thank Mark Jones for his contribution to the multimedia package 'Space and the Universe'.

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