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Drawing Physics2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs$
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Don S. Lemons

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035903

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035903.001.0001

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Twentieth Century and Beyond

Twentieth Century and Beyond

(p.159) Twentieth Century and Beyond
Drawing Physics

Don S. Lemons

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During this period the diagrams that convey the ideas of physics become more symbolic and less representational. Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus (1910), Niels Bohr’s model of the Hydrogen atom (1913), matter waves (1924), and the transition from an early universe with no Higgs field to a universe with a Higgs field (2012) are examples of this point. The photoelectric effect (1905), Brownian motion (1905), X-rays and crystals (1912), general relativity (1915), the expanding universe (1927-1929), and the global greenhouse effect (1988) remain accessible with a simple representational sketch.

Keywords:   photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, general relativity, Bohr orbits, Compton scattering, Hubble law, nuclear fission and fusion, greenhouse effect, Higgs boson

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