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A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature…
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A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of… (edição 2003)

por Gino Segrè (Autor)

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In a wonderful synthesis of science, history, and imagination, Gino Segrè, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.6°? How do geologists use temperature to track the history of our planet? Why is the quest for absolute zero and its quantum mechanical significance the key to understanding superconductivity? And what can we learn from neutrinos, the subatomic "messages from the sun" that may hold the key to understanding the birth-and death-of our solar system? In answering these and hundreds of other temperature-sensitive questions, Segrè presents an uncanny view of the world around us.… (mais)
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Título:A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe
Autores:Gino Segrè (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2003), Edition: Reissue, 320 pages
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It would be quite pleasant to spend an evening in the company of Segre. Although I enjoyed Faust in Copenhagen more, this conveyed much of the same passion and interest. Exploring the role of temperature in everything from biology to oosmology was an interesting concept. It makes me want to read a book on archaea. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
Temperature is a measure of the average energy of an ensemble of particles at equilibrium. For some things, like distant stars and galaxies, it is one of the few direct measurements we can make. Gino Segre walks the reader through the natural history of the universe using temperature as a guide. Why do most warm blooded animals have similar body temperature? How does one measure the internal temperature of the sun, and what does it mean to describe the temperature of the center of a neutron star or even a black hole at billions of degrees Kelvin? What happens to matter as we approach absolute zero and what does that tell us about quantum mechanics? These and other questions about our universe are asked and answered in a very accessible way.

This is Segre's first book, and there are a few instances where he seems to go off on a tangent and lose the discussion of temperature before snapping back, which I found a little distracting. A more attentive editor (or perhaps one that knew a little physics) could have helped in this regard. Despite this, I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in popular physics. ( )
1 vote craigim | Jul 15, 2010 |
A good layman's summary of science, primarily physics but a good bit of biology and a little chemistry using temperature as the organizing thread. It includes the history of ideas and concepts up into present research. The excitement of discovery was evident and much was understandable. It did not manage to budge my learning blocks (such as thermodynamics) but that's more my own resistance than poor explaining on the author's part ( )
  snash | Aug 11, 2009 |
It would be quite pleasant to spend an evening in the company of Segre. Although I enjoyed Faust in Copenhagen more, this conveyed much of the same passion and interest. Exploring the role of temperature in everything from biology to oosmology was an interesting concept. It makes me want to read a book on archaea. ( )
  jasonlf | Apr 6, 2008 |
Segré approaches the subject in some interesting ways, from deep underground and deep underwater to the earth’s atmosphere, the center of stars and the near void of space.
Please continue reading (and comment) in my 'Mostly NF' book blog.
  benjfrank | Apr 9, 2007 |
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In a wonderful synthesis of science, history, and imagination, Gino Segrè, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.6°? How do geologists use temperature to track the history of our planet? Why is the quest for absolute zero and its quantum mechanical significance the key to understanding superconductivity? And what can we learn from neutrinos, the subatomic "messages from the sun" that may hold the key to understanding the birth-and death-of our solar system? In answering these and hundreds of other temperature-sensitive questions, Segrè presents an uncanny view of the world around us.

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