On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics And Astronomy

On the Shoulders of Giants The Great Works of Physics And Astronomy In On the Shoulders of Giants Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus Galileo Kepler Newton and Einstein showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see t

  • Title: On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics And Astronomy
  • Author: Stephen Hawking Isaac Newton Nicolaus Copernicus Albert Einstein Johannes Kepler Galileo Galilei
  • ISBN: 9780762427321
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • In On the Shoulders of Giants, Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see the world.From Copernicus revolutionary claim that the earth orbits the sun and Kepler s development of the laws of planetary motion to Einstein s interweaving of time and spaIn On the Shoulders of Giants, Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see the world.From Copernicus revolutionary claim that the earth orbits the sun and Kepler s development of the laws of planetary motion to Einstein s interweaving of time and space, each scientist built on the theories of their predecessors to answer the questions that had long mystified humanity.Hawking also provides fascinating glimpses into their lives and times Galileo s trial in the Papal inquisition, Newton s bitter feuds with rivals and Einstein absent mindedly jotting notes that would lead to his Theory of Relativity while pushing his baby son s pram Depicting the great challenges these men faced and the lasting contributions they made, Hawking explains how their works transformed the course of science and gave us a better understanding of the universe and our place in it.

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    1. Totally unreadable -- even if you are an expert on the contents by profession, you will find the methods archaic and the notation obfuscatory -- but five stars for being full of genius. The brief section from Einstein is more accessible, as are Hawking's commentaries, but Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton are very difficult indeed. It is, however, pretty neat to see what these important original works looked like.

    2. This is a really intimidating book, both in size and most definitely, in content! It's a highly recommended read for anyone who has an interest in physics as it contains much of the original material from which huge sections of classical physics are derived.The problem with this however is that four of the five texts contained in this book are between 500 and 350 years old and so the writing style is incredibly far removed from modern scientific writing. Galileo's section for example is presente [...]

    3. It took me months to finish this colossus but I did it! Right, about the bookReading On The Shoulders of Giants is like time traveling through the most significant moments of physics. At times it was challenging, I'm not going to lie, but in the end it was totally worth. Stephen Hawking's intros about each physicist were some of my most favourite parts of the book. Unfortunately, you cannot review this book in the traditional sense since it's a collection of works by different authors. So I'm ra [...]

    4. On the shoulders of giants, the reader may well have their head in the clouds. The book contains five giants of astronomy and physics, namely Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Their famous works are 'On the revolutions of heavenly spheres' by Copernicus. 'Dialogues concerning two new sciences' by Galileo Galilei, 'Harmonies of the world' by Johannes Kepler, 'Principia' by Isaac Newton and 'The principle of relativity' by Albert Einstein.All [...]

    5. Като издателски проект това е една безобразна* книга и сега ще ви кажа защо. За автор е посочен Стивън Хоукинг, обаче аз някакси не вярвам той да е написал и ред, а дори да е - загубил си е времето, защото в написаното няма нищо оригинално. Книгата съдържа 250 страници, хартията е [...]

    6. This book is really interesting in parts. I'll be likely to be reading this for the rest of my life. The biggest challenge is that all of the math (except for Einstein's) is old school geometry. Reading this book is always a stretching experience.

    7. Com todo o mérito que o trabalho científico de Stephen Hawking possui, penso que deu um tiro pouco certeiro ao dar forma a uma iniciativa (sua ou de alguma editora a acenar com dólares) onde tem uma participação quase nula. Hawking somente seleccionou os 5 físicos/astrónomos que mais o marcaram, assim como as suas mais importantes obras. Aparte disso, deu o aval à escrita de prefácios com menos conteúdo que uma página da Wikipédia e com poucas opiniões pessoais que poderiam ter dado [...]

    8. Stephen Hawking reune neste livro parte da obra científica de Nicolau Copérnico, Galileu Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, e Albert Einstein. A ideia de juntar num livro só (de quase 1300 páginas!) o evoluir da nossa compreensão do "universo" é bastante interessante, contudo ficou a faltar uma clarificação moderna a par dos textos históricos. Hawking dá-nos apenas umas pequenas biografias sobre estes cinco grandes nomes da História, explicando só de forma muito breve os seus co [...]

    9. Ovo je najgori prevod koji sam ikada citala, morate da desifrujete sta je pisac hteo da kaze, a neke recenice uopste nemaju smisla i deluje kao da je koriscen google translate za celu knjigu. Takodje je ocigledno da prevodilac ne zna ni elementarnu fiziku i mislim da bi Stephen Hawking mogao da tuzi ovu izdavacku kucu, s obzirom na to da je toliko toga izgubljeno u prevodu. A sto se tice same knjige, ikreno nisam sigurna sta ona tacno nudi, s obzirom na to da se sastoji iz kratkih biografija 5 n [...]

    10. This book took me four months to read and overall it was an amazing piece by hawking. i enjoyed reading how he piled all the research that each person he spoke into one amazing read.

    11. Stephen Hakwing is th author of this book, which is basically a compilation of some of the works/papers of 5 of the most important minds in Physics.Each chapter is preluded by a very short and simple biography of each one (Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Einstein) and then we're presented by what Hakwing considered the most important work of each one.When I bought this book I thought it was something more in the way of showing how their work had impacted our current society and/or visible c [...]

    12. While this book is an excellent collection of science writings, it also shows how science writing has evolved since the time of Copernicus. Included in each section is a short biography of each writer. Some of the works are rather confusing to me. For instance, Kepler spends most of his time talking about ratios of planetary distances and relating them to music.Copernicus speaks of his calculations and observations, finding a number of astronomical distances and things. Of course he uses Euclide [...]

    13. I didn't read it all from cover to cover because it is not as acessible as Hawking's other popular writings for the most part. Reading the scientists from Copernicus to Einstein, you will discover your favorite. Mine was Galileo because he wrote dialogues that were easy to digest and made you think. His style and characters reminded me a bit of Plato. I wonder how much work Stephen Hawking actually put into this book, all I konw for sure is that the foreword and brief biographies are probably hi [...]

    14. I've really enjoyed the 'life and works' sections, written by Hawking. The actual published works of the scientists mentioned are somewhat more tedious, especially the older ones, because of the language used and my inability to grasp some of the math easily. I'm not finished with all of the originally published stuff, but I'm working through it in bits and pieces, not in chronological order. While all of these men are fascinating, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein are clear sta [...]

    15. While the book does contain landmark works that inspired paradigm shifts, it is almost completely unreadable. This, if anything, is a testament to the good work that many scientists have done in recent days to popularise science and make it accessible to the general public.Even for someone who is studying physics at university, I found the arguments presented by Galileo and Copernicus extremely hard to follow. It is difficult to decide what rating to give this book. Clearly contains genius, yet [...]

    16. Стивън Хокинг разказва за гигантите, на чийто рамене е стъпила съвременната наукаknigolandiafo/2010/08/bСигурно всяко момче като малкo е билo запленено от космоса и неговите загадки, дори и само след прочитането на Одисеята на Артър Кларк. Тази страст никога не ме е напускала, а изпит [...]

    17. In these pages, Stephen Hawking has compiled a marvelous collection of excerpts from the science greats of the past. They are, like any serious scientific literature, extremely dense, specific, and often difficult to read. Hawkings himself gives us a Barney-style overview of the accomplishments of each scientist, followed by excerpts from their primary works. I found it absolutely fascinating to follow the logic and thoughts of these men. Not only that, but you can gain an enormous respect for t [...]

    18. Me ha decepcionado esta obra, consistente en una selección de extractos de científicos relevantes. Mi percepción es que la motivación del libro es meramente editorial y que los textos originales lucen como meros recortes inconexos. Además, las introducciones de Hawking no proporcionan una visión potente del cambio que realmente implican las teorías expuestas. A años luz de obras como La revolución copernicana de Thomas Kuhn o de las obras de Feyerabend. O de mejores obras de Hawking, co [...]

    19. Didn't read entire book, of course. But, only having scientific masterpieces from different eras is a big deal! Imagine having Copernicus' "On the revolutions of heavenly spheres", Galileo's "Dialogues", Kepler's "Harmonies of the worlds". Newton's "Principia" and Einstein's "The principles of relativity" in one place! Amazing!

    20. Great read. While some of the math is difficult to understand its enough to just read through and get an idea of how these great minds percieved the world around them. Also Hawkings write ups are almost worth it in itself.

    21. Str. 12~ mnogo sodobnih učenjakov  verjame, da je bila potrditev teorije pri religioznih avtoritetah glavna ovira za napredek znanosti, kot tudi da je dvom v Aristotelotovo teorijo istočasno pomenil dvom v avtoriteto same Cerkve.

    22. Hawking enthusiasts should beware! This particular book is likely not for you. His intended audience are people with a background and sharp understanding physics, plus those fascinated by history of science, but not afraid of a bit of math.

    23. Muy interesantes las historias de cada uno de los "gigantes", repletas de detalles. Es genial la historia de Galileo contra la Inquisición. Puede que para gente no muy cercana a la física y/o a la matemática el desarrollo de las teorías sea difícil de seguir y entender.

    24. This is a collection of essays/papers from the scientific greats: Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein. Hawking provides introductions that explain each of the selections so that you have a rough idea of what each author is attempting to communicate.

    25. book giving the history of both physics and astronomy through the works of the most influential of its practicioners. Includes a lot of sketches and some pretty technical terms but I think still a book many could pick up and read.

    26. La explicación de las grandes obras de la física y de la astronomía explicadas por el genio Stephen Hawking, hacen que este libro sea una aventura. Sin uso de lenguaje complicado, Hawking nos introduce a su mundo, a nuestro mundo.

    27. You'll need about 20 grams of caffeine, 12 months and a public storage facility to house the book when you're not reading it. It's only a few hundred pages yet it takes up like half of my bookshelf. I could do about 30 pages at a time. Fascinating stuff though.

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