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For one-semester course in Physics for non-majors. Designed to help students achieve the science literacy that is essential for full participation as a citizen of our times, this text explores the grand principles of modern physics and their philosophical and societal connection to our culture and our individual lives. Non-technical and culturally sophisticated, it is a true alternative to standard technical texts and de-mathematized versions of the standard texts.
Table of Contents
FLOW CHART OF TOPICS
PART ONE PRELUDE: OF STARS AND ATOMS
CHAPTER 1 The Way of Science: Experience and Ideas
1.1 Stardust: an invitation to science (read this section even if Chapter 1 is omitted)
1.2 Observing the night sky
1.3 Ancient Greek theories: an Earth-centered universe
1.4 Copernicus's theory: a sun-centered universe
1.5 Kepler's theory: a sun-focused universe
1.6 The scientific revolution: a dialogue between nature and mind
1.7 The Copernican revolution: dawn of the modern age