October 19, 2017

Review: Magnificent Principia by Colin Pask

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Thank Newton for orbital mechanics. This week, we’ll take a look at the masterpiece that started all with Magnificent Principia by Colin Pask out from Prometheus Books. Sir Isaac published his Philosphiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on July 5th, 1687. And although every high school physics student is (or hopefully, should be) familiar with the three laws of motion that it advanced, few have ever actually read the original work. [Read more...]

Review: Einstein for the 21st Century.

No 20th century icon is as instantly recognizable as Albert Einstein. Folks who know nothing of General, let alone Special Relativity can identify his lovable mad scientist visage, and his famous equation E=MC^2 adorns everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. Einstein even beat out such notables as Gandhi (whom he admired) for Time magazine’s Man of the Century. Einstein for the 21st century: His legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture, by Peter Galison, Gerald Holton, and Silvan S. Schweber and out from Princeton Press explores the far reaching effects the man has had on modern culture and science.

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