The Resource Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything, Margaret Wertheim

Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything, Margaret Wertheim

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Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything
Title
Physics on the fringe
Title remainder
smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything
Statement of responsibility
Margaret Wertheim
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Language
eng
Summary
Centuries ago, natural philosophers puzzled out the laws of nature using the tools of observation and experimentation. Today, theoretical physics has become mathematically inscrutable, accessible only to an elite few. In rejecting this abstraction, outsider theorists insist that nature speaks a language we can all understand. Through a profoundly human profile of Jim Carter, Wertheim's exploration of the bizarre world of fringe physics challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard'-with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms
Summary
"In 1993, Jim Carter, a trailer park owner in Enumclaw, Washington, sent out to a select group of scientists a letter announcing the publication of a book in which he proposed a complete alternative theory of physics. Gravity and matter, the periodic table, and the creation of the universe-all these Carter explained through wildly creative ideas perfected through backyard experiments using garbage cans and a disco fog machine to make giant smoke rings. For the past fifteen years, acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of Jim Carter and other mavericks and outsiders who invent alternate theories of the universe. By considering the motivations behind their do-it-yourself theories and homemade experiments, Wertheim raises the question of what role an amateur can play in relationship to science. Deeply human, literally fantastical, infused with wit and humor, Physics on the Fringe challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for"--
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10024751
Cataloging source
JAI
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Wertheim, Margaret
Dewey number
530.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Physics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Grand unified theories (Nuclear physics)
Target audience
adult
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smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything
Label
Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything, Margaret Wertheim
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-314) and index
Contents
A trailer park owner imagines the world -- Outsider science. Under the hood of the universe ; Counterpart universes "excisting" ; 'A budget of paradoxes' -- Jim's world. There's diggers, and there's everyone else ; The four sexes ; Circlon science ; Smoke rings ; Creating the world ; Gravity and levity -- Sciences of imaginary solutions. A reformation of science? ; Swimming physicists ; Tree rings -- Appendix. 'The principles of circlon synchronicity and the living universe' / by James Carter
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 323 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780802715135
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 13465199
  • 13465199
Label
Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything, Margaret Wertheim
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-314) and index
Contents
A trailer park owner imagines the world -- Outsider science. Under the hood of the universe ; Counterpart universes "excisting" ; 'A budget of paradoxes' -- Jim's world. There's diggers, and there's everyone else ; The four sexes ; Circlon science ; Smoke rings ; Creating the world ; Gravity and levity -- Sciences of imaginary solutions. A reformation of science? ; Swimming physicists ; Tree rings -- Appendix. 'The principles of circlon synchronicity and the living universe' / by James Carter
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 323 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780802715135
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 13465199
  • 13465199

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