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The Resource In the grip of the distant universe : the science of inertia, Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau

In the grip of the distant universe : the science of inertia, Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau

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In the grip of the distant universe : the science of inertia
Title
In the grip of the distant universe
Title remainder
the science of inertia
Statement of responsibility
Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau
Title variation
Science of inertia
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is a book about the history of the science of inertia. Nobody denies the existence of the forces of inertia, but they are branded as "fictitious" because they do not fit smoothly into modern physics. Named by Kepler and given mathematical form by Newton, the force of inertia remains aloof because it has no obvious local cause. At the end of the 19th century, Ernst Mach bravely claimed that the inertia of an object was the result of its instantaneous interaction with all matter in the universe. Many other well-known physicists, including Aristotle, Galileo, Descartes and Einstein, are shown to have tackled this difficult subject. The book also concentrates on inertia research in the 20th century, taking place under the shadow of general relativity, which is seen as uncomfortable with Mach's principle. A Newtonian paradigm, based on action-at-a-distance forces, is discussed throughout the book, allowing the revival of Mach's principle as the only coherent explanation of the inertia forces which play such an important role in the laboratory and in the cosmos
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Graneau, Peter
Dewey number
531/.12
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
QC137
LC item number
.G73 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Graneau, Neal
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Inertia (Mechanics)
  • Mach's principle
  • SCIENCE
  • Inertia (Mechanics)
  • Mach's principle
  • Traagheid
  • Algemene relativiteitstheorie
Label
In the grip of the distant universe : the science of inertia, Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. All matter instantaneously senses all other matter in the universe -- ch. 2. Johannes Kepler -- The astronomer who coined the word inertia -- ch. 3. Free Fall -- A hardly believable story of science -- ch. 4. The Cartesian interlude -- a novel cosmology -- ch. 5. Newton's force of inertia -- the basis of dynamics -- ch. 6. A century of consolidation -- the early practitioners of Newtonian dynamics -- ch. 7. Mach's magic principle -- the unique inertial system -- ch. 8. Albert Einstein -- inertia obscured by gravitation -- ch. 9. Inducing inertia -- an electromagnetic analogy -- ch. 10. Retarded action at a distance -- a short lived misnomer -- ch. 11. Clock confusion in the 20th century -- the connection between inertia and timekeeping -- ch. 12. Machian inertia and the isotropic universe -- a new force law
Control code
305130241
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 274 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789812773807
Lccn
2006284169
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)305130241
Label
In the grip of the distant universe : the science of inertia, Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. All matter instantaneously senses all other matter in the universe -- ch. 2. Johannes Kepler -- The astronomer who coined the word inertia -- ch. 3. Free Fall -- A hardly believable story of science -- ch. 4. The Cartesian interlude -- a novel cosmology -- ch. 5. Newton's force of inertia -- the basis of dynamics -- ch. 6. A century of consolidation -- the early practitioners of Newtonian dynamics -- ch. 7. Mach's magic principle -- the unique inertial system -- ch. 8. Albert Einstein -- inertia obscured by gravitation -- ch. 9. Inducing inertia -- an electromagnetic analogy -- ch. 10. Retarded action at a distance -- a short lived misnomer -- ch. 11. Clock confusion in the 20th century -- the connection between inertia and timekeeping -- ch. 12. Machian inertia and the isotropic universe -- a new force law
Control code
305130241
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 274 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789812773807
Lccn
2006284169
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)305130241

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