The Beautiful Invisible - Giovanni Vignale

The Beautiful Invisible by Giovanni Vignale challenges the image of theoretical physics as a dry discipline and shows that this highly abstract science is in fact teeming with beautiful concepts, and the task of imagining them demands profound creativity, just as creative as the work of poets or magical realist novelists such as Borges and Musil. "A good scientific theory is like a symbolic tale, an allegory of reality," writes Giovanni Vignale, as he uncovers the unexpected links between theoretical physics and artistic creativity. In engaging and at times poetic prose, and with ample quotations from many of the writers he admires, Vignale presents his own unorthodox accounts of fundamental theoretical concepts such as Newtonian mechanics, superconductivity, and Einstein's theory of relativity, illuminating their profound implications. Throughout, the author treats readers to glimpses of physics as "exercised in the still night, when only the moon rages." Indeed, as we delve behind now-familiar concepts such as "electron spin" and "black hole," the world that we take for granted melts away, leaving a glimpse of something much stranger.

Book Title: 

The Beautiful Invisible

Subtitle: 

Creativity, Imagination, and Theoretical Physics

Author: 

Vignale, Giovanni

Publisher: 

Oxford University Press

Edition: 

First

Year Published: 

2011

Binding: 

Hard cover

ISBN: 

9780199574841

Pages: 

303

Condition: 

Remaindered, fine

Dimensions: 

24 × 16.1 × 2.6 cm

Book Weight: 

0.611 kg

Publisher's Price: 

R429.00

Price: 

ZAR155.00 

In Stock: 

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