This is a near fine (almost like new) set of 3 hardcovers with accompanying slipcase. 1987 Simon & Schuster Publishing. All three volumes in the set are crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are still crisp and clean with no annotations or marks seen inside. The bindings are tight and straight. Hardcover boards under dust jackets are also near fine as are the dust jackets which are clean and shiny with only a hint of shelf wear. The accompanying slipcase is very good, showing light shelf wear but overall very good and solid. Each hardcover is medium octavo book size or 6.5" x 9.5".
The World of Physics is a small library of the literature of physics from antiquity to the present. The 3 volumes contain some of the most important and fascinating essays on physics written by the world's greatest physicists. They are carefully selected with the lay reader in mind, and all the essays are preceded by intros and headnotes that explain important concepts and clarify trends in physics. The collection includes more than 180 essays by more than 140 authors, 42 of whom are Novel laureates.
From Saint Augustine's essay "Time" to Einstein's "How I created the Theory of Relativity" to Marie Curie on radium, there is a wealth of information. Stephen Hawking comments on Black Holes, Hans Berthe on stars and Steven Weinberg on the first three minutes of the universe.
The philosophy of physics is addressed in essays such as Einstein's "Physics and Reality", Richard Feynman's "Basic Physics" and more.
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