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Author Hunt, Bruce J

Title Pursuing power and light : technology and physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein / Bruce J. Hunt

Publ Info Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
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 RWU Main Library  T173.8 .H92 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript 182 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Series Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-176) and index
Contents Introduction: a world transformed -- Steam and work -- Energy and entropy -- The kinetic theory: chaos and order -- Electricity: currents and networks -- Electromagnetism: ether and field -- Electric power and light -- Into a new century -- Epilogue: Einstein at the patent office
Note "In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The most important advancements in physics - the science of energy and the theory of the electromagnetic field - were deeply rooted in the new technologies of the steam engine, the telegraph, and electric power and light. Bruce J. Hunt here explores how the leading technologies of the industrial age helped reshape modern physics
This period marked a watershed in how human beings exerted power over the world around them. Sweeping changes in manufacturing, transportation, and communications transformed the economy, society, and daily life in ways never before imagined. At the same time, physical scientists made great strides in the study of energy, atoms, and electromagnetism. Hunt shows how technology informed science and vice versa, examining the interaction between steam technology and the formulation of the laws of thermodynamics, for example, and that between telegraphy and the rise of electrical science
Hunt's groundbreaking introduction to the history of physics points to the shift to atomic and quantum physics. It closes with a brief look at Albert Einstein's work at the Swiss patent office and the part it played in his formulation of relativity theory. Hunt translates his often-demanding material into engaging and accessible language suitable for undergraduate students of the history of science and technology."--pub. desc
LC subject Technological innovations -- History -- 19th century
Technological innovations -- History -- 20th century
Research -- History -- 19th century
Research -- History -- 20th century
Physical sciences -- Research -- History -- 19th century
Physical sciences -- Research -- History -- 20th century
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