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Quips, Quotes, and Quanta: An Anecdotal History of Physics [Hardcover]

By Anton Z. Capri (Author)
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This book deals with the history of physics, covering important developments in physics from the end of the nineteenth century to about 1930. Major topics include relativity theory (both special and general) and quantum mechanics. This book is unique in that it concentrates on anecdotes about the physicists creating the new ideas. Both thematic and biographical in nature, it contains a heavy emphasis on personal incidents or quotes. Readers will be entertained with humorous incidents in the lives of some famous scientists, and simultaneously learn quite a bit of modern physics without the mathematical details, but with the important concepts. Academics and anyone interested in science in the most general sense are likely to want to read this book.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2007
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812709193  
ISBN13  9789812709196  

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More About Anton Z. Capri

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anton Z. Capri was born in 1938 in Czernowitz, Romania. He came to Canada in 1949. After St. Paul's School in Toronto he attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute and finished as valedictorian in 1957. He then entered the University of Toronto and graduated in 1961with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics. In 1960 he married Skaidrite Kveps. After Anton got his degree he accepted a position with Kimberley-Clark Corporation in their Pioneering Research Department in Neenah, Wisconsin. In 1963 he entered Princeton University as a graduate student in physics and finished with a M.A in 1965 and Ph.D. under Professor Arthur S. Wightman in 1967. He then accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Alberta. This turned into a visiting professorship in 1968 and into a tenure track position in 1969. Until his retirement as a full professor in 1998, Anton has remained at the University of Alberta. He has also served as the director of the Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Alberta. He spent a year as an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute fur Physik und Astrophysik, in Munich, Germany and was frequently invited as guest professor or research scientist to the following institutions: University of Innsbruck, University of Pisa, University of Milan, University of Trento, Italy, University of Poona, India, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan. During his academic career, Anton Capri has published more than seventy research papers, five books on physics and chapters in several books on physics. In addition he has published three novels, a collection of short stories, and collection of poems. At present he continues his association with the University of Alberta as Professor Emeritus. He is also Adjunct Professor at Athabasca University, Alberta. Anton Z. Capri has three daughters, one granddaughter, three grandsons, and two great grand daughters. He lives with his wife, Skaidrite, in Edmonton and travels frequently to his cottage north of Athabasca. His activities include writing, badminton, hunting, and fishing.

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A fun book  Jan 30, 2010
A fun book, worthy of reading -- especially for lecturers -- as it supplies much material that can be used to "lighten up" lectures and, also make the presentations more human.

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