The Character Of Physical Law
  • The Character Of Physical Law
  • The Character Of Physical Law
  • The Character Of Physical Law
ISBN: 0262560038
EAN13: 9780262560030
Language: English
Pages: 173
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.7" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
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In these Messenger Lectures, originally delivered at Cornell University and recorded for television by the BC, Richard Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws and gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law is not how clever we are to have found it out but.how clever nature is to pay attention to it and steers his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance and simplicity of all scientific laws. Rather than an essay on the most significant achievements in modern science, The Character of Physical Law is a statement of what is most remarkable in nature. Feynman's enlightened approach, his wit, and his enthusiasm make this a memorable exposition of the scientist's craft. The law of gravitation is the author's principal example. Relating the details of its discovery and stressing its mathematical character, he uses it to demonstrate the essential interaction of mathematics and 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 mathematical axioms. The principles of conservation, symmetry, and time irreversibility are then considered Read More chevron_right

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