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Places of Precision

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the rise of the laboratory and the development of precision measurement as the hallmark of experimental physics. Precision mattered for late nineteenth-century physics as a way ... More


Advances in the Casimir Effect

Michael Bordag, Galina Leonidovna Klimchitskaya, Umar Mohideen, and Vladimir Mikhaylovich Mostepanenko

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199238743
eISBN:
9780191716461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238743.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The subject of this book is the Casimir effect, i.e., a manifestation of zero-point oscillations of the quantum vacuum in the form of forces acting between closely spaced bodies. It is a purely ... More


When Physics Became King

Iwan Rhys Morus

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

As recently as two hundred years ago, physics as we know it today did not exist. Born in the early nineteenth century during the second scientific revolution, physics struggled at first to achieve ... More


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