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The Resource Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know, Richard A. Muller

Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know, Richard A. Muller

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Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know
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Physics and technology for future presidents
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an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know
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Richard A. Muller
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  • Introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know
  • Physics every world leader needs to know
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eng
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Physics and Technology for Future Presidentscontains the essential physics that students need in order to understand today's core science and technology issues, and to become the next generation of world leaders. From the physics of energy to climate change, and from spy technology to quantum computers, this is the only textbook to focus on the modern physics affecting the decisions of political leaders and CEOs and, consequently, the lives of every citizen. How practical are alternative energy sources? Can satellites really read license plates from space? What is the quantum physics behind iPods and supermarket scanners? And how much should we fear a terrorist nuke? This lively book empowers students possessing any level of scientific background with the tools they need to make informed decisions and to argue their views persuasively with anyone--expert or otherwise. Based on Richard Muller's renowned course at Berkeley, the book explores critical physics topics: energy and power, atoms and heat, gravity and space, nuclei and radioactivity, chain reactions and atomic bombs, electricity and magnetism, waves, light, invisible light, climate change, quantum physics, and relativity. Muller engages readers through many intriguing examples, helpful facts to remember, a fun-to-read text, and an emphasis on real-world problems rather than mathematical computation. He includes chapter summaries, essay and discussion questions, Internet research topics, and handy tips for instructors to make the classroom experience rewarding
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non fiction
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Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know, Richard A. Muller
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Energy and power and the physics of explosions. Explosions and energy ; Power ; Chapter review -- Atoms and heat. Quandaries ; Atoms and molecules and the meaning of heat ; Termperature ; Chapter review -- Gravity, force, and space. Gravity surprises ; The force of gravity ; Push accelerates : Newton's third law ; Orbiting the earth, and weightlessness ; Escape to infinity ; Air resistance and fuel efficiency ; Momentum ; Rockets ; Airplances, helicopters and fans ; Convection : thunderstorms and heaters ; Angular momentum and torque ; Chapter review -- Nuclei and radioactivity. Radioactivity ; Fission ; Fusion ; Back to the beginning ; Chapter review -- Chain reactions, nuclear reactors, and atomic bombs. A multitude of chain reactions ; Nuclear weapons basics ; Nuclear reactors ; Nuclear waste ; Chapter review -- Electricity and magnetism. Electricity is ... ; Magnetism is ... ; Electricity ; Electric power ; Magnets ; Electric and magnetic fields ; Electromagnets ; Electric motors ; Electric generators ; Transformers ; Magnetic levitation ; Rail guns ; AC versus DC ; Chapter review -- Waves including UFOs, earthquakes, and music. Two strange but true stories ; Waves ; Chapter review -- Light. High tech light ; what is light? ; Color ; Images ; Mirrors ; Slow light ; Lenses ; Eyes ; Telescopes and microscopes ; Spreading light : diffraction ; Holograms ; Polarization ; Chapter review -- Invisible light. An opening anecdote: watching illegal immigrants cross the border in darkness ; Infrared radiation ; UV : "Black light" ; The ozone layer ; Electromagnetic radiation : an overview ; Medical imaging ; Ultrasound : sonar (bats and submarines) ; Chapter review -- Climate change. Global warming ; Solutions ; Chapter review -- Quantum physics. Electron waves ; Laser : a quantum chain reaction ; The photoelectric effect ; Quantum physics of gamma rays and x-rays ; Semiconductor transistors ; Diode transistors ; Transistors ; Superconductors ; Electron microscope ; Deeper aspects of quantum physics ; Tunneling ; Quantum computers ; Chapter review -- Relativity. A dialogue ; Events : and the "fourth dimension" ; Time dilation ; Lorentz contraction ; Relative velocities ; Energy and mass ; General relativity : a theory of gravity ; Questions about time ; Chapter review -- The universe. Puzzles ; The solar system ; Galaxies ; Looking back in time ; Expansion of the universe ; Dark energy ; The beginning ; Theory of everything ; Chapter review
Control code
427704449
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xi, 517 pages
Isbn
9780691135045
Lccn
2009028490
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations (some color), color maps
Label
Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know, Richard A. Muller
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Energy and power and the physics of explosions. Explosions and energy ; Power ; Chapter review -- Atoms and heat. Quandaries ; Atoms and molecules and the meaning of heat ; Termperature ; Chapter review -- Gravity, force, and space. Gravity surprises ; The force of gravity ; Push accelerates : Newton's third law ; Orbiting the earth, and weightlessness ; Escape to infinity ; Air resistance and fuel efficiency ; Momentum ; Rockets ; Airplances, helicopters and fans ; Convection : thunderstorms and heaters ; Angular momentum and torque ; Chapter review -- Nuclei and radioactivity. Radioactivity ; Fission ; Fusion ; Back to the beginning ; Chapter review -- Chain reactions, nuclear reactors, and atomic bombs. A multitude of chain reactions ; Nuclear weapons basics ; Nuclear reactors ; Nuclear waste ; Chapter review -- Electricity and magnetism. Electricity is ... ; Magnetism is ... ; Electricity ; Electric power ; Magnets ; Electric and magnetic fields ; Electromagnets ; Electric motors ; Electric generators ; Transformers ; Magnetic levitation ; Rail guns ; AC versus DC ; Chapter review -- Waves including UFOs, earthquakes, and music. Two strange but true stories ; Waves ; Chapter review -- Light. High tech light ; what is light? ; Color ; Images ; Mirrors ; Slow light ; Lenses ; Eyes ; Telescopes and microscopes ; Spreading light : diffraction ; Holograms ; Polarization ; Chapter review -- Invisible light. An opening anecdote: watching illegal immigrants cross the border in darkness ; Infrared radiation ; UV : "Black light" ; The ozone layer ; Electromagnetic radiation : an overview ; Medical imaging ; Ultrasound : sonar (bats and submarines) ; Chapter review -- Climate change. Global warming ; Solutions ; Chapter review -- Quantum physics. Electron waves ; Laser : a quantum chain reaction ; The photoelectric effect ; Quantum physics of gamma rays and x-rays ; Semiconductor transistors ; Diode transistors ; Transistors ; Superconductors ; Electron microscope ; Deeper aspects of quantum physics ; Tunneling ; Quantum computers ; Chapter review -- Relativity. A dialogue ; Events : and the "fourth dimension" ; Time dilation ; Lorentz contraction ; Relative velocities ; Energy and mass ; General relativity : a theory of gravity ; Questions about time ; Chapter review -- The universe. Puzzles ; The solar system ; Galaxies ; Looking back in time ; Expansion of the universe ; Dark energy ; The beginning ; Theory of everything ; Chapter review
Control code
427704449
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xi, 517 pages
Isbn
9780691135045
Lccn
2009028490
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps

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