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A Matter of Degrees

A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe

图书分类: 科普
作者英文名: Gino Segre
ISBN: 9780142002780 商品编号: 014200278X
出版日期: 2003-07-01 上架时间: 2011-07-13
出版社: Penguin
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Segre, a theoretical physicist at the University of Pennsylvania, begins this far-ranging survey of the history of science by explaining how living organisms maintain stable temperatures and showing how adaptations to hot or cold habitats influenced animal evolution.

内容简介

In a wonderful synthesis of science, history, and imagination, Gino Segrè, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.6š? How do geologists use temperature to track the history of our planet? Why is the quest for absolute zero and its quantum mechanical significance the key to understanding superconductivity? And what can we learn from neutrinos, the subatomic "messages from the sun" that may hold the key to understanding the birth-and death-of our solar system? In answering these and hundreds of other temperature-sensitive questions, Segrè presents an uncanny view of the world around us.

作者简介

Gino Segrè is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. A distinguished expert in high-energy elementary-particle theoretical physics, Segrè has received numerous awards from top science foundations as well as the Department of Energy.