From amusement park rides to critical environmental issues such as
energy generation-physics affects almost every aspect of our world.
In PHYSICS MATTERS, James Trefil and Robert Hazen examine the
fundamental physics principles at work behind the many practical
applications that fuel our society and individual lives. Their goal
is to promote a deeper understanding of how the great ideas of
physics connect to form a much larger understanding of the universe
in which we live.
Highlights Helps readers build a general knowledge of key ideas
in physics and their connection to technology and other areas of
science. Promotes an appreciation of what science is, how
scientific knowledge is developed, and how it differs from other
intellectual activities. Examines modern technologies, including
GPS, the Internet, and information technologies, as well as medical
technologies, such as MRI, PET scans, CAT scans, and radioisotope
tracers. Explores key issues facing the world today, such as global
warning, nuclear waste, and government funding for research.
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