2nd Edition, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2010, 288 pages, ISBN: 9814295450, 9814295442During a sequence of meals, the author relates the principal features of physics in easy-to-understand conversations with his wife Beth. Beginning with the studies of motion by Galileo and Newton through to the revolutionary theories of relativity and quantum mechanics in the 20th century, all important aspects of electricity, energy, magnetism, gravity and the structure of matter and atoms are explained and illustrated.The second edition similarly recounts the more recent application of these theories to nanoparticles, Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum entanglement and quantum computers. By including accurate measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background and supernovae in near and distant galaxies, an understanding of how the universe was formed in an Inflationary Big Bang is now possible. We've also gained a much better picture of the life of stars and how they may turn into red giants, white dwarfs, black holes, neutron stars or pulsars.What Keeps Us Going? Physicists and Other People Breakfast of HardBoiled Eggs with Inertia How It All Began with Rolling Balls Breakfast of Eggs BeneBricked What Keeps the Ball Rolling? Breakfast of AppleGravity Pancakes Why Does an Apple Fall From a Tree? Breakfast of Cereal and Calories But It Takes Energy to Keep Moving Breakfast of Hot Cakes with Energy How Hot is It? Putting Heat to Work Breakfast of French Toast First Law You Cant Win Second Law Nor Can You Break Even Breakfast of Cold Cuts Go Fly a Kite Storing Electricity Breakfast of Blueberry Muffins Electricity in Matter acdc Breakfast of Apple Fritters and Love Magnetic Forces Magnetic Fields What Maxwell Wrought Breakfast of Eggs and Crisp Bacon Making Waves What Waves Can Do Breakfast of Oat Meal with Light Cream What is Light? How and What We See Its a Colorful World Breakfast of Lox and Bagels Whats the Speed of Light? Is it Really Relative? The Paradoxes of Relativity and Black Holes Breakfast of Farina Does Anyone Believe in Quanta? What About Atoms? Breakfast of Danish Pastry Whats a Wave Function? Born and Heisenberg Have the Answer Breakfast of Waffles Atoms Can Be Fun What Attracts Atoms to Each Other? Breakfast of O J Donuts and Coffee Surrounded by Fluids We Depend on Solids Breakfast of Rice Krispies Whos Afraid of Radioactivity? Whats Inside the Nucleus? For Better or For Worse Nuclear Energy Our Nuclear Legacy Breakfast of Corn Fritters A Mess of Particles What More Conservation Laws? Quarks and More Quarks The GUTS of Physics Dinner at Home Einstein Centennial A Promising Nanotechnology Quantum Entanglement Quantum Computers Lunch at the Beach BoseEinstein Condensates Lunch at Venetian Bay Our Energy Problems Energy Wastes The Good News about Nukes Breakfast at the Beach How It All Began Cosmic Microwave Background Big Bang Inflationary Universe Probing the Cosmic Microwave Background Dinner Under the Stars The Stars in Heaven Red Giants and White Dwarfs After Dinner at Home Supernovae and Neutron Stars Black Holes Supernovae as Standard Candles Glossary of Physics Terms Acknowledgments Index
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