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The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions
How does the physics we know today - a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry - link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? John Heilbron's crisp and witty book tells the 2500-year story and highlights the implications for humankind's self-understanding.
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The book is effectively a short history of ideas that moves around the cultures of Europe depending on time and place, so there is a fascinating chapter on Islamic contributions. * Network Review * manages to pack an awful lot into that very short space ... interesting and informative for non-scientists * A Hermit's Progress * delightful... Heilbron leaves us rooted in lived reality * Nature, Robert P. Crease * This book is essential reading. Insightful ... never boring. * Frost Magazine * Elegantly written and entertaining. * Daan Wegener, Isis Review * Pick up a copy to get to grips with the 2500-year history of physics. * Tushna Commissariat, Physics World *