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Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature

Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature

The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. Peter Atkins identifies the minimum decisions that would be needed for the Universe to behave as it does, arguing that the laws ... read full description below.

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Published 5 April 2018 by Oxford University Press (S1)
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ISBN-13 9780198813378
ISBN-10 0198813376
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 5 April 2018
International Publication Date 22 May 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Atkins, Peter
Category Applied Mathematics
Popular Science
Cosmology & The Universe
Physics
Classical Mechanics (Physics)
Physics: Thermodynamics
Quantum Physics (Quantum Mechanics)
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 337g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cosmology, Geophysics, Physical laws, Kosmologie, Cosmic physics
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 523.1
Catalogue Code 911246

Description of this Book

The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? Peter Atkins considers the minimum effort needed to equip the Universe with its laws and its constants. He explores the origin of the conservation of energy, of electromagnetism, of classical and quantum mechanics, and of thermodynamics, showing how all these laws spring from deep symmetries. The revolutionary result is a short but immensely rich weaving together of the fundamental ideas of physics. With his characteristic wit, erudition, and economy, Atkins sketches out how the laws of Nature can spring from very little. Or arguably from nothing at all.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review It's rare to find a study of physical laws that is also a bravura display of rarefied humour and experiential depth; but such is this gem by chemist Peter Atkins. * Barbara Kiser, Nature *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about seventy books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and was a member of IUPAC's Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division. Peter was the 2016 recipient of the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Award for science journalism.

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