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Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Sidney Perkowitz

Physics governs the world we live in. It underlies everyday technology such as smartphones and medical imaging devices, and influences major societal concerns such as nuclear proliferation, energy use, and climate change. In Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Sidney Perkowitz offers lay readers a guide to what physics covers, how physicists carry out research, and why this research matters.

Joel Shurkin

Called a "true genius" by Enrico Fermi, Richard Garwin has influenced modern life in far-reaching ways, yet he is hardly known outside the physics community. This is the first biography of one of America's great minds — a top physicist, a brilliant technological innovator, and a trusted adviser of presidents for sixty years.

Steven B. Krivit

Hacking the Atom, written for scientists and non-scientists alike, covers the period from 1990 to 2015 and explains how changes to atomic nuclei can occur with low-energy methods. The book reveals the hidden story of how the science initially and erroneously called "cold fusion" continued to progress slowly but incrementally after its near-death in 1989. The book shows that 100 years of chemistry and physics is not wrong but is incomplete and that there is something new and exciting in the physical sciences.

Steven B. Krivit

Fusion Fiasco, written for scientists and non-scientists alike, covers the period from 1989 to 1990 and tells the most accurate and complete story of the 1989 to 1990 "cold fusion" conflict. Relying heavily on archival records, the book documents one of the most divisive scientific controversies in recent history. The book explains why credible experimental LENR research emerged from the erroneous idea of room-temperature fusion, as claimed by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah.

Steven B. Krivit

Lost History, written for scientists and science historians, covers the period from 1912 to 1927, and explores the story of forgotten chemical transmutation research, a precursor to modern low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) research. The book tells the story of century-old research that has been absent from the scientific dialogue for a hundred years — research that is surprisingly similar to events in the modern era.

Beverly Orndorff

"George Gamow: The Whimsical Mind Behind the Big Bang" details the life and scientific contributions of an influential and colorful 20th century scientist. George Gamow. Gamow (1904-1968), a fun-loving Russian-born American physicist, was a science polymath who laid the foundation for the modern version of the Big Bang theory and led two colleagues to propose that the dying energy from that event should still pervade the cosmos.

Gina Hagler

This book opens with examples of fluid dynamic principles in action in nature and in the works of man. It then explores the theories of Aristotle, Archimedes, and those who followed, before examining the work of early naval architects R.E. Froude and C.W. Taylor, the first aviators and the Wright Brothers, Robert H. Goddard and the other rocket men, and the computational fluid dynamic models of today.