A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts

Volume I: The Heavens and The Earth

  • Kerry Kuehn

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

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About this book

Introduction

This book provides a chronological introduction to the sciences of astronomy and cosmology based on the reading and analysis of significant selections from classic texts, such as Ptolemy’s Almagest, Kepler’s Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, Shapley’s Galaxies, and Lemaître’s The Primeval Atom.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis, and conclusions. Numerical and observational exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text. 

The Heavens and the Earth is the first of four volumes in A Student’s Guide Through the Great Physics Texts. This book grew out of a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science, while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics.  

This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history, or philosophy. It also serves as a textbook for advanced high-school students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

Keywords

analysis of classics cosmology texts collection of major physics texts foundational science texts foundational texts in physics great physics texts history of science book history of science textbook important physicists important texts in physics introduction to Astronomy introduction to Cosmology physics and astronomy text physics history textbook science of motion significant developments in physics and astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerry Kuehn
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  1. 1.Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeMilwaukeeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1360-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1359-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1360-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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