By MARY GRIBBIN JOHN

Approximately we all know the names of the nice scientists, yet how many folks comprehend whatever approximately their paintings, not to mention their deepest lives? during this easy-to-read sequence, eminent technological know-how writers John and Mary Gribbin examine the lives and paintings of 8 significant scientists; every one booklet is on the market sufficient to be learn for enjoyable yet informative sufficient to entice scholars of technology. the long-lasting Albert Einstein emerges as a rushing women' guy and the best scientist of his time; yet why did Charles Darwin look forward to many years prior to going public along with his principles on evolution? How was once Marie Curie's nice paintings formed by means of her youth reviews of oppression lower than the Czars? And what used to be Edmond Halley, of comet status, doing as Captain of a King's send and later undercover agent for the Crown? We meet a bookbinder's apprentice, an imprecise monk, a Victorian gentleman--eventually well-known scientists all. An advent and afterword locations every one scientist's paintings within the context of the improvement in their topic, yet in response to their real worthy, no longer unavoidably in keeping with their position in well known mythology. enticing, stimulating, and instructive

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Intuition Al e rt: Action and Reaction Intuition says that, when you push an object that’s moving away from you, it pushes back more gently on you than you push on it and that, when you push an object that’s moving toward you, it pushes back harder on you than you push on it. Physics says that when you push on an object, it always pushes back on you exactly as hard as you push on it. Resolution: It’s difficult to push on an object that’s moving away from you, so you naturally push on it more gently than you expect.

26 CHAPTER 1 The Laws of Motion Newton’s Third Law of Motion For every force that one object exerts on a second object, there is an equal but oppositely directed force that the second object exerts on the first object. The universality of this law is astounding. Whether an object is large or small, hard or soft, stationary or faster than a rocket, if you can push on it, it will push back on you with an equal but oppositely directed force. In the present case, the sidewalk and piano push on one another with equal but oppositely directed forces.

30480 m † The English units of force and mass are both called the pound. To distinguish these two units, it has become standard practice to identify them explicitly as pound-mass and pound-force. Check Your Understanding #5: Going for a Walk If you’re walking at a pace of 1 meter per second, how many miles will you travel in an hour? 24 miles. Why: There are many different units in this example, so we must do some converting. First, an hour is 3600 seconds, so in an hour of walking at 1 meter per second you will have walked 3600 meters.