ERIC Number: ED248109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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The Unexpected Vista: A Physicist's View of Nature.
Trefil, James S.
This 12-chapter book examines different phenomena as viewed by those trained in physics. These views (or vistas) are promulgated to demonstrate that the infinite variety of things seen in the material world can be reduced to a handful of general laws and to share with the public the richness of the scientist's world view. The phenomena examined focus on: (1) heat and energy; (2) relative position and motion; (3) the well-balanced universe; (4) properties of light (considering oil slicks and the electron); (5) why rainbows are never seen in winter; (6) why magnets won't pick up pennies; (7) thermometers and temperature; (8) why hot air comes out of the bottom of a refrigerator even though the inside is cold; (9) how an electrical current in a light bulb gives rise to so much heat and so little light; (10) what a giant would look like; (11) why the sky is blue; and (12) the grand unification theory. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Electricity, Energy, Heat, Higher Education, Light, Magnets, Physics, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science
Charles Scribner's Sons, 597 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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