Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists

Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists

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This revised and greatly expanded second edition of the Russian text contains a wealth of new information about the lives and accomplishments of more than a dozen scientists throughout five centuries of history: from the first steps in algebra up to new achievements in geometry in connection with physics. The heroes of the book are renowned figures from early eras, as well some scientists of last century. A unique mixture of mathematics, physics, and history, this volume provides biographical glimpses of scientists and their contributions in the context of the social and political background of their times.We will discuss Johann Bernoullia#39;s solution: it uses concepts from geometrical optics in a completely unexpected way. ... D., Claudius Ptolemy created a detailed table showing how the angle of refraction of a light ray passing from air to water depends on the ... the equality of the angles of incidence and reflection can be derived from the assumption that reflected light takes the shortest path ( Figure 19).

Title:Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists
Author: Simon Gindikin
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-04-26

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