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James Trefil

Teoksen The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy tekijä

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About the Author

James Trefil was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in physics. Currently Clarence H. Robinson Professor of physics at George Mason University, he is among the well-respected scientists who have the skill näytä lisää to translate physics for the general reader into prose worthy of an English major. For example, his "meditation trilogy," described below, recounts interesting examples, clear explanations, and the wonder of science in Trefil's beautiful and lively language. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (1988) 1,268 kappaletta
Space, Time, Infinity (1985) 169 kappaletta
A Scientist at the Seashore (1984) 124 kappaletta
From Atoms to Quarks (1980) 119 kappaletta
A Scientist in the City (1994) 99 kappaletta
The Unexpected Vista (1983) 96 kappaletta
Are We Unique? (1981) 87 kappaletta
Cassell's Laws of Nature (2002) 42 kappaletta
Why Science? (2007) 41 kappaletta
Meditations at Sunset (1988) 35 kappaletta
Living in Space (1981) 7 kappaletta
Physics As a Liberal Art (1978) 5 kappaletta
Life Science (2004) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (1987) — Avustaja — 1,716 kappaletta
The Universe (1987) — Avustaja — 115 kappaletta
Thrilling Wonder Stories - Summer 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Thrilling Wonder Stories, Volume 2 (2009) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Trefil, James
Virallinen nimi
Trefil, James Stanley
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Stanford University
University of Virginia
George Mason University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Andrew Gemant Award (2000)
Science Writing Award (2007)



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Fiac | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 4, 2023 |
Is there life elsewhere in the universe? Is it made of the same stuff as us, on an Earthlike world, or does it have different chemistry on a different kind of planet? These are fascinating questions for any space fan, but they are also frustrating, because we have so little data. At best, we can imagine what might be out there, either thought experiments firmly based in known physics or speculative fiction or some combination of the two. At the outset, Trefil and Summers’ book is an excellent introduction to the basic ideas of the study of astrobiology, explaining what experiments have shown us so far, what scientists are searching for, and the underlying physics and chemistry. The language is very accessible, always emphasizing the questions scientists are asking, how we’ve discovered answers, and how much we still don’t know. When the authors run out of facts and data—and that doesn’t take long, this is astrobiology we’re talking about—it turns speculative, considering several different kinds of exoplanetary environments where life might arise, and the reasons why (or why not) intelligent life could result. I would especially recommend this book to any kid (or adult) who enjoys writing hard science fiction, as inspiration for imagining alien life.… (lisätietoja)
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elakdawalla | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 2, 2022 |
What a delightful book. Although it is a layman's view of science, it is almost philosophical in how the author takes a day at the beach as the jumping off point for such a wide variety of topics as nuclear spin and plate tectonics.
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wahoo8895 | Nov 20, 2022 |
Las funciones de ondas limitadas por el campo eléctrico de los núcleos, ayudan a resolver el dilema del átomo y explican la tabla periódica de los elementos.Los mpropios nucleones obedecen a un tipo de tabla periódica, y siguen las reglas internas que conducen a la idea de los quarks.
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FamiliaTovarLeal | Sep 11, 2022 |



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