Atom and Cosmos: The World of Modern Physics

Atom and Cosmos: The World of Modern Physics

Atom and Cosmos: The World of Modern Physics

Atom and Cosmos: The World of Modern Physics

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The account of modern physics given in this book is an outgrowth of lectures which the author broadcast in Berlin during the winter of 1929-30. These addresses had the aim of presenting physical knowledge to non- physicists; and since these non-specialists showed great interest in problems of physics, the author felt himself justified in satisfying the numerous requests for a written version of the lectures.

In the present form much has been altered, the exposition has, in a number of places, been expanded and has received the support of illustrations. The written word is necessarily different from the spoken word; this difference distinguishes the written text here given, which was in all cases put on paper after the spoken address, from the version of the lecturesto the advantage of both, as I should like to hope.

My presentation does not presuppose any knowledge of the kind taught in schools, nor does it desire to furnish any such knowledge. It aims to give insight into the physicist's way of thinking, and a general view of the results of his research; and it wishes to show how the physical theories of to-day have united in a picture of the world.

HANS REICHENBACH

BERLIN

July 1930 . . .

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