The Beautiful Invisible

The Beautiful Invisible

Creativity, Imagination, and Theoretical Physics

Book - 2011
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The realm of theoretical physics is teeming with abstract and beautiful concepts. And the task of imagining them is one that demands profound creativity, argues Giovanni Vignale. Explaining them is curiously akin to the craft of poets, or magical realist novelists such as Borges, and Musil, orBulgakov's The Master and Margarita.In this unusual and sometimes poetic book, Vignale presents his own unorthodox accounts of fundamental theoretical concepts such as Newtonian mechanics, superconductivity, and Einstein's theory of relativity, showing that what may seem at first quite simple in fact turns out to be much moreprofound. As we delve behind now-familiar metaphors such as 'electron spin' and 'black hole', the world that we take for granted melts away, leaving a glimpse of something much stranger.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univsity Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780199574841
Branch Call Number: 530/VIGNALE
Characteristics: xv, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Nov 02, 2016

A very informative book, though the explanations of a lot of physics demand the readers to concentrate in order to grasp what was presented. Fortunately, there are plentiful illustrations to help out. I did find he gave the best explanation of electron spins in all the popular physics books I have read so far.


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