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30-Second Newton: The 50 crucial concepts, roles and performers, each explained in half a minute Hardcover – 9 Feb 2016
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Brian Clegg, consultant editor, read Natural Sciences, focusing on experimental physics, at Cambridge University. After developing hi-tech solutions for British Airways, he formed a creative consultancy advising clients ranging from the BBC to the Met Office. He has written for Nature, The Times and The Wall Street Journal and has lectured at Oxford and Cambridge universities and the Royal Institution. He is editor of the book review site www.popularscience.co.uk, and his publications include A Brief History of Infinity and How to Build a Time Machine.
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Contents: (all contain sub-headings)
The Physics of Motion;
Isaac Asimov in his book, "Please Explain," (1973), under the heading on page 4, "Who, in your opinion, was the greatest scientist who ever lived," wrote:
"I feel that most historians of science would declare at once that Isaac Newton was the greatest scientific mind the world has even seen." "He founded higher mathematics by working out the calculus. He founded modern optics by his experiments on breaking up white light onto the colors of the spectrum. He founded modern physics by stating the laws of motion and deducing their consequences. He founded modern astronomy by working out the law of universal gravitation." "All four, taken together, put him in first place without any question."
Asimov goes on to say that Newton's "Principia Mathematica" (1687) is "the greatest single scientific book ever written, in the opinion of most scientists."
As an Apollo astronaut on his way to the Moon was asked who is doing the driving?; He said: "Isaac Newton is doing the driving."
In the book "Instant Physics" by Tony Rothman he presents Newton's three laws in short, single, sentences:
1. Law of Inertia: "An object travels at a constant velocity unless acted upon by an outside force," ("The first law addresses the motion of free bodies ...") (from "Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology," (2006), by Jose Wudka, page 122, which see):
2. F=ma: "The force acting on an object is equal to the product of the object's mass and acceleration," ("the second law states quantitatively how a motion deviates from free motion"):
3. "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction," ("the third law states the effect experienced by a body when exerting a force on another object.")