Asked to name a great physicist, most people would mention Newton or Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. But ask a physicist and there's no doubt that James Clerk Maxwell will be near the top of the list.
A superb new biography of one of the greatest scientists of the 19th or any other century
Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real? Brian Clegg explores the way that maths has become more and more detached from reality, yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics.
Even the most math-phobic have nothing to fear in the latest from English science writer Clegg… lighthearted yet far-reaching look at the history of numbers and how we use them
Brian and popular TV and radio astronomer Rhodri Evans give us a Top Ten list of physicists as the central theme to build an exploration of the most exciting breakthroughs in physics, looking not just at the science, but also the fascinating lives of the scientists themselves.
This is a lovely book, easy to read, and sure to provoke debate
As troubling as we pattern-seeking humans may find it, modern science has repeatedly shown us that randomness is the underlying heartbeat of nature.
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A fantastic look at the importance of randomness, full of interesting and philosophical ideas while still remaining open and accessible.
Infinity is a subject that teases and fascinates. It has driven more than one mathematician mad, yet young children play with the concept, counting faster and faster before triumphantly shouting 'Infinity!'
A breathtaking mix of the gradual revelation of the infinite and the amazing paradoxes it throws up: time to head for infinity and beyond.
Roger Bacon takes us back to thirteenth-century Europe, to the early years of the great universities, where learning was spiced with the danger of mob violence and a terrifyingly repressive religious censorship.
Clegg writes about the medieval world and Bacon's investigations into optics and mathematics with a contemporary liveliness that keeps the story moving
In Muybridge's work we see some of the first icons of the modern visual age. Men, women, boxers, wrestlers, racehorses, elephants and camels frozen in time, capturing in the act of moving, fighting, galloping - living.
This is a book rich in historical context, yet accessible to a broad public