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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

Featured Physicists

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Seven Physicists are featured in the Restless Universe from Isaac Newton (1642-1727) to Richard Feynman (1918-1988) each one playing an important part in developing our understanding of the Physical World around us.

Isaac Newton
Combining mathematical genius and profound physical insight, Newton also possessed practical skills and was the foremost scientist of his time, or perhaps any time

Ludwig Boltzmann
Using statistical ideas to gain valuable insight into the meaning of entropy his contribution was vital, but had a tragic outcome

Michael Faraday
The field theory of electromagnetism was mainly the creation of two men, Michael Faraday and...

James Clerk Maxwell
They are, in a sense, the Galileo and the Newton of field theory.

Albert Einstein
A physicist of the first rank and an instantly recognized icon of scientific genius, probably best known for work on the special theory of relativity and his famous equation E = mc2

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
The 'discoverer' of antimatter - one of the most important discoveries of the century, his formulation of quantum mechanics has remained the basis of the subject ever since

Richard Feynman
A major figure in the development of quantum electrodynamics and one of the twentieth century's greatest exponents of intuitive - yet highly rigorous - physics


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