By C. W. Kilmister
Many of us at the present time are unaware that again within the Thirties, Sir Arthur Eddington, the prestigious astrophysicist, made nice strides towards his personal "theory of everything". In 1936 and 1946 Eddington's final books have been released. those works are unusually tentative and vague, not like his past lucid and authoritative works. This quantity examines how Eddington got here to jot down those uncharacteristic books--in phrases of the physics and heritage of the day--and what price they need to glossy physics. the result's an illuminating description of the advance of theoretical physics within the first half the 20 th century from a special viewpoint. it is going to supply attention-grabbing analyzing for students within the philosophy of technology, theoretical physics, utilized arithmetic and the heritage of technological know-how.
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Eddington's Search for a Fundamental Theory: A Key to the Universe by C. W. Kilmister