History and Evolution of Concepts in Physics

  • Harry Varvoglis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. From Ancient Greece to the Renaissance

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  3. From the Renaissance to the Present Era

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 137-138

About this book


Our understanding of nature, and in particular of physics and the laws governing it, has changed radically since the days of the ancient Greek natural philosophers. This book explains how and why these changes occurred, through landmark experiments as well as theories that - for their time - were revolutionary. The presentation covers Mechanics, Optics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Relativity Theory, Atomic Physics and Quantum Physics. The book places emphasis on ideas and on a qualitative presentation, rather than on mathematics and equations. Thus, although primarily addressed to those who are studying or have studied science, it can also be read by non-specialists. The author concludes with a discussion of the evolution and organization of universities, from ancient times until today, and of the organization and dissemination of knowledge through scientific publications and conferences.


Evolution of Concepts in Physics Evolution of Ideas in Physics History of Physical Sciences History of Science Teaching Leading Figures in Physics History Major Steps in Physics Science in Ancient Times The Road to Modern Physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Harry Varvoglis
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  1. 1.Unit of Mechanics and DynamicsUniversity of Thessaloniki Department of PhysicsThessalonikiGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04292-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04291-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04292-3
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