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Brush, Stephen G.

Overview
Works: 167 works in 710 publications in 4 languages and 11,323 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Conference papers and proceedings  Records and correspondence  Sources  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, wpr, Creator
Classifications: QC175, 500
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen G Brush
Introduction to concepts and theories in physical science by Gerald James Holton( Book )

42 editions published between 1958 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kind of motion we call heat : a history of the kinetic theory of gases in the 19th century by Stephen G Brush( Book )

91 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in English and Dutch and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of modern science : a guide to the second scientific revolution, 1800-1950 by Stephen G Brush( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statistical physics and the atomic theory of matter : from Boyle and Newton to Landau and Onsager by Stephen G Brush( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kinetic theory by Stephen G Brush( Book )

8 editions published between 1934 and 1966 in English and Italian and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physics, the human adventure : from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond by Gerald James Holton( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space science comes of age : perspectives in the history of the space sciences by National Air and Space Museum( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transmuted past : the age of the Earth and the evolution of the elements from Lyell to Patterson by Stephen G Brush( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

20th centuries, the reputation of the planetary sciences changed significantly; whereas the planetary sciences once played an integral role in science, they eventually came to be accorded a status inferior to atomic physics and cosmology. Professor Brush explores this shift and shows how a planetary science such as geology can provide a useful example of the scientific approach for comparison with a humanistic discipline such as history
Maxwell on Saturn's rings by James Clerk Maxwell( Book )

8 editions published between 1883 and 1983 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Clerk Maxwell's 1856 Adams Prize Essay, "On the Stability of the Motion of Saturn's Rings," forms the central body of this book and is the work that first established his reputation as one of the greatest mathematical physicists of any generation. It is surrounded by previously unpublished materials written both before and after the essay was completed. The former group consists of sixteen letters - to William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin), George Gabriel Stokes, Peter Guthrie Tait, and other friends and colleagues - written while Maxwell was working out the problems and preparing the essay for publication, and they reveal both the sureness of his approach and false starts and errors. The post-essay documents include a review of the work by George Biddell Airy, the Astronomer Royal, and correspondence with the Harvard astronomer George Bond in 1863. Here Maxwell attempts to extend his analysis to include the effects of collisions among the particles of the ring, employing his own newly developed kinetic theory of gases. The editors' introduction provides a historical context for Maxwell's contribution
History in the teaching of physics : proceedings by Stephen G Brush( Book )

19 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resources for the history of physics: Guide to books and audio-visual materials. Guide to original works of historical importance and their translations into other languages by Stephen G Brush( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of modern physics : an international bibliography by Stephen G Brush( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maxwell on molecules and gases by James Clerk Maxwell( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The temperature of history : phases of science and culture in the nineteenth century by Stephen G Brush( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nebulous Earth : the origin of the solar system and the core of the Earth from Laplace to Jeffreys by Stephen G Brush( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nebulous Earth follows the development of the 19th century's most popular explanation for the origin of the Solar System, Laplace's Nebular Hypothesis. This theory supposes that a flattened mass of gas extending beyond Neptune's orbit cooled and shrank, throwing off in the process successive rings that in time coalesced to form the several planets. Throughout the century, the hypothesis also played an integral role in suggesting the theory of evolution's respectability in biology. Scientists long suspected that the Earth's interior is the seat of powerful forces that shape the Earth's surface and can threaten our lives with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. From fiery fluid to rigid solid to electromagnetic dynamo, Professor Brush recounts their theories about what actually occurs in the Earth's interior
Fruitful encounters : the origin of the solar system and of the moon from Chamberlin to Apollo by Stephen G Brush( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early 20th century saw the replacement of the nebular hypothesis with the Chamberlin-Moulton theory that the Solar System resulted from the encounter of the Sun with a passing star. Fruitful Encounters follows the eventual refutation of the encounter theory in the 1930s and the subsequent revival of a modernized nebular hypothesis, which was reconstructed with the help of nuclear physics. The "giant-impact" theory of the Moon's origin imagines an actual collision
The history of geophysics and meteorology : an annotated bibliography by Stephen G Brush( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making 20th century science : how theories became knowledge by Stephen G Brush( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historically, the scientific method has been said to require proposing a theory, making a prediction of something not already known, testing the prediction, and giving up the theory (or substantially changing it) if it fails the test. A theory that leads to several successful predictions is more likely to be accepted than one that only explains what is already known but not understood. This process is widely treated as the conventional method of achieving scientific progress, and was used throughout the twentieth century as the standard route to discovery and experimentation. But does science really work this way? In Making 20th Century Science, Stephen G. Brush discusses this question, as it relates to the development of science throughout the last century. Answering this question requires both a philosophically and historically scientific approach, and Brush blends the two in order to take a close look at how scientific methodology has developed. Several cases from the history of modern physical and biological science are examined, including Mendeleev's Periodic Law, Kekule's structure for benzene, the light-quantum hypothesis, quantum mechanics, chromosome theory, and natural selection. In general it is found that theories are accepted for a combination of successful predictions and better explanations of old facts. Making 20th Century Science is a large-scale historical look at the implementation of the scientific method, and how scientific theories come to be accepted."--Publisher's description
Maxwell on heat and statistical mechanics : on "avoiding all personal enquiries" of molecules by James Clerk Maxwell( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kinetic theory of gases : an anthology of classic papers with historical commentary by Stephen G Brush( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The history of modern science : a guide to the second scientific revolution, 1800-1950
Alternative Names
Brush, S.G.

Brush, S. G. 1935-

Brush, S. G. (Stephen G.)

Brush, S. G. (Stephen G.), 1935-

Brush, Stephen G.

Brush, Stephen George 1935-

Stephen Brush American physicist

Stephen Brush Amerikaans natuurkundige

Stephen Brush US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

Languages
English (317)

Spanish (17)

Dutch (5)

Italian (1)

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The history of modern science : a guide to the second scientific revolution, 1800-1950Physics, the human adventure : from Copernicus to Einstein and beyondTransmuted past : the age of the Earth and the evolution of the elements from Lyell to PattersonMaxwell on molecules and gasesNebulous Earth : the origin of the solar system and the core of the Earth from Laplace to JeffreysFruitful encounters : the origin of the solar system and of the moon from Chamberlin to ApolloThe kinetic theory of gases : an anthology of classic papers with historical commentary