Franklin

Going underground : the science and history of falling through the Earth / Martin Beech (Campion College, The University of Regina, Canada).

Author/Creator:
Beech, Martin, 1959- author.
Publication:
Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Science -- History.
Mathematics -- History.
Philosophy and science -- History.
Thought experiments.
Mathematics.
Philosophy and science.
Science.
Thought experiments.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"This book follows the historical trail by which humanity has determined the shape and internal structure of the Earth. It is a story that bears on aspects of the history of science, the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. At the heart of the narrative is the important philosophical practice of performing thought experiments -- that is, the art of considering an idealized experiment in the mind. This powerful technique has been used by all the great historical practitioners of science and mathematics, and this book looks specifically at the long history of considering what would happen if an object could be dropped into a tunnel that cuts all the way through the Earth's interior. Indeed, the story begins with a historical whodunit, tracing back through the historical literature the origins of what is now a classic, textbook problem in simple harmonic motion"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
A long distraction
Wishing well
Cymro's problem
The heat of ages
Terricola's questions
Flamsteed's well
Airy underground
A mind's eye view
Tik-Tok's tumble
Eratosthenes's well
Aristotle's stop and the Merton calculators
Galileo's constant cannonball
Hooke's bullet and Newton's cannon
Newton's canal
Halley's hollow Earth
Dr. Akakea's Diatribe and Euler's miracle
Collignon's slant
Fastest descent
The kola pinprick and the iron blob
A black hole falling
The elephant in the room
First and last thoughts.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9789813279032
9813279036
9789811201288
9811201285
OCLC:
1086327183
Loading...
Location Notes Your Loan Policy
Description Status Barcode Your Loan Policy