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Seven Tales of the Pendulum By Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)

Seven Tales of the Pendulum
by Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The pendulum is a unique physical system which exhibits remarkably varied and complex behavior under many different conditions. Seven 'tales', detailing different important facets of the pendulum, show the exciting diversity of the science of the pendulum, and its untold significance in the history of human intellectual development.
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Seven Tales of the Pendulum by Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)

The pendulum is a unique physical system which exhibits remarkably varied and complex behavior under many different conditions. It is also a system which, in its many manifestations, has left a significant imprint on human thought and culture. Using graphs, figures, and narrative to explain scientific ideas and models, Gregory Baker gives a lucid account of the physics of the pendulum, showing the reader how the context of the pendulum progresses over four centuries from that of a simple system of classical physics, to that of a chaotic system, and eventually to that of a modern quantum system. He also describes its fascinating presence in cultural history, from its role in timekeeping and measurements of the earth to its importance as a literary symbol of doom. Seven 'tales', detailing different important facets of the pendulum, show the exciting diversity of the science of the pendulum, and its untold significance in the history of human intellectual development.

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Seven Tales of the Pendulum Reviews


Reader friendly and educative, this book would compel one to have a second look at the pendulum the next time one crosses it. * R. Balashankar, The Organiser Weekly *
a useful and interesting book for physics students who want to find out more about pendulums. * Brian Clegg, Popular Science *
... a captivating book ... * European Journal of Physics *

About Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)


Gregory L. Baker was born and educated in Toronto receiving his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of Toronto, and his M.Sc and Ph.D. in physics, also from the University of Toronto. He has taught physics and mathematics at Bryn Athyn College since 1970, retiring from fulltime involvement in 2007. His scholarly interests have included stochastic processes (as a consultant), chaotic dynamics, and the relationship between religion and science. He has authored or co-authored more than sixty publications, many of which have appeared in peer reviewed journals. His books include the best selling Chaotic Dynamics: an Introduction, a technical/cultural book on the pendulum The Pendulum: a case study in physics, and Religion and Science: from Swedenborg to chaotic dynamics. Baker is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a recipient of the Glencairn award for scholarship at Bryn Athyn College.

Table of Contents


PART I: INTRODUCTION ; What is a Pendulum? ; PART II: SEVEN TALES OF THE PENDULUM ; 1. Pendulums measure the earth ; 2. Pendulums keep Time ; 3. Pendulums measure fundamental forces ; 4. Pendulums swing high ; 5. Pendulums go chaotic ; 6. Pendulums stick together ; 7. Pendulums in the small ; PART III: CONCLUSION ; Odds and the End ; Further Reading ; Glossary of Terms

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Seven Tales of the Pendulum by Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)
Gregory L. Baker (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2011-11-30
246
0199589518
9780199589517
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