Friday, February 17, 2006

Teoria e experiência

"Confused by curved spaces? Baffled by black holes? Then it's time to read our online introduction to relativity, Elementary Einstein!"

"Robert P. Crease, a member of the philosophy department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory, recently asked physicists to nominate the most beautiful experiment of all time. Based on the paper of George Johnson in The New York Times we list below 10 winners of this polling and accompany the short explanations of the physical experiments with computer animations."

1. Double-slit electron diffraction
2. Galileo's experiment on falling objects
3. Millikan's oil-drop experiment
4. Newton's decomposition of sunlight with a prism
5. Young's light-interference experiment
6. Cavendish's torsion-bar experiment
7. Eratosthenes' measurement of the Earth's circumference
8. Galileo's experiments with rolling balls down inclined planes
9. Rutherford's discovery of the nucleus
10. Foucault's pendulum


Recomendações de leitura: Great Experiments in Physics, Morris H. Shamos
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