Book ID: CBB744269858

Unearthing Fermi's Geophysics (2021)


Segrè, Gino (Author)
Stack, John D. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 208
Language: English

Follow--for the first time--Nobel laureate and legendary teacher Enrico Fermi's lost course on geophysics. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-54) is known for his work on experimental particle physics, quantum theory, and statistical mechanics; his contributions to the Manhattan Project; and for his particular ability to condense complicated problems into approximations for understanding and testing theory in a variety of scientific disciplines. Unearthing Fermi's Geophysics opens a window onto two underrepresented facets of this extraordinary thinker: Fermi's contributions as a teacher and to the field of geophysics. Drawing on Fermi's handwritten calculations and notes, many of which are reproduced here in photographic facsimile, physicists Gino Segrè and John Stack have reconstructed a coursebook of Fermi's insights into the physics of a range of geological and atmospheric phenomena. From gravity on Earth to thermodynamics in the atmosphere, the physics of raindrops, the Coriolis effect in hurricanes, tidal physics, earthquakes, and seismic waves, Earth's magnetism, atmospheric electricity, and much more, Unearthing Fermi's Geophysics reveals the hidden workings of the world above, around, and below us--and of the mind of a great scientist who was able to bring those physical workings to light.

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Authors & Contributors
Turchetti, Simone
Robotti, Nadia
Guerra, Francisco
Bernardini, Carlo
Acocella, Giovanni
Cioci, Vincenzo
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Physics in Perspective
European Journal of Physics
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Luigi Pellegrini Editore
Raffaello Cortina Editore
Società Italiana di Fisica
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Particles (nuclear physics)
Nuclear fission
Atomic bomb
Fermi, Enrico
Wick, Gian Carlo
Rasetti, Franco
Szilard, Leo
Einstein, Albert
D'Agostino, Oscar
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Rome (Italy)
Turin (Italy)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)

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