Conversations on the Dark Secrets of Physics

Conversations on the Dark Secrets of Physics

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An appreciation of the basic ideas and discoveries of physics, communicated with enthusiastic narrative and undaunting mathematics by the famed physicist, who is assisted by his daughter, Wendy Teller, a computer scientist, and Wilson Talley, a professor of applied science and consultant to industry and government. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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The idea for this book began over four decades ago when Edward Teller began teaching physics appreciation courses at the University of Chicago. Then, as now, Dr. Teller believes that illiteracy in science is an increasingly great danger to American society, not only for our chil­ dren but also for our growing adult population. On one hand, the future of every individual on this globe is closely related to science and its applications. Fear of the results of science, which has become prevalent in much of the Western World, leads to mistaken decisions in important political affairs. But this book speaks of no fears and of no decisions-only of the facts that can prevent one of them and indirectly guide the others. From the perspective of this book, a second point is even more vii viii PREFACE significant. The first quarter of this century has seen the most won­ derful and philosophically most important transformation in our thinking. The intellectual and aesthetic values of the points of view of Einstein and Bohr cannot be overestimated. Nor should they be hidden at the bottom of tons of mathematical rubble. Our young people must be exposed to science both because it is useful and because it is fun. Both of these qualities should be taken at a truly high value.

Publisher: New York : Plenum Press, c1991.
ISBN: 9780306437724
0306437724
Branch Call Number: 530 TEL
Characteristics: xii, 247 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Talley, Wilson
Teller, Wendy

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