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Cosmic Numbers : The Numbers That Define Our Universe.

Author/Creator:
Stein, James D.
Publication:
New York : Basic Books, 2011.
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1 online resource (242 pages)
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Subjects:
Cosmological constants.
Cosmology.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
Our fascination with numbers begins when we are children and continues throughout our lives. We start counting our fingers and toes and end up balancing checkbooks and calculating risk. So powerful is the appeal of numbers that many people ascribe to them a mystical significance. Other numbers go beyond the supernatural, working to explain our universe and how it behaves. In Cosmic Numbers, mathematics professor James D. Stein traces the discovery, evolution, and interrelationships of the numbers that define our world. Everyone knows about the speed of light and absolute zero, but numbers like Boltzmann's constant and the Chandrasekhar limit are not as well known, and they do far more than one might imagine: They tell us how this world began and what the future holds. Much more than a gee-whiz collection of facts and figures, Cosmic Numbers illuminates why particular numbers are so important¬óboth to the scientist and to the rest of us.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Chapter 1-The Gravitational Constant
Chapter 2- The Speed of Light
Chapter 3- The Ideal Gas Constant
Chapter 4- Absolute Zero
Chapter 5- Avogadro's Number
Chapter 6- Electricity and the Proportionality Constant
Chapter 7- The Boltzmann Constant
Chapter 8- The Planck Constant
Chapter 9- The Schwarzschild Radius
Chapter 10- The Efficiency of Hydrogen Fusion
Chapter 11- The Chandrasekhar Limit
Chapter 12- The Hubble Constant
Chapter 13- Omega
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Print version: Stein, James D. Cosmic Numbers
ISBN:
9780465027880
9780465063796
OCLC:
751695167