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Park, David 1919-2012

Overview
Works: 74 works in 330 publications in 7 languages and 8,617 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: Q125, 509
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Park
Introduction to the quantum theory by David Park( Book )

55 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than a chance to gain new insights into physics, this book offers students the opportunity to look at what they already know about the subject in an improved way. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, it covers basic theory and selected applications. 1992 edition
The fire within the eye : a historical essay on the nature and meaning of light by David Park( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Fire within the Eye, scientist and author David Park helps us reconceive the everyday phenomenon of light in profound ways, from spiritual meanings embedded in our culture to the challenging questions put forth by great scientists and philosophers. Park, who is both a gifted teacher and physicist, takes us on a tour through history spanning ancient Greek, Neoplatonic, and Arabic philosopher together with astrology, the metaphysics of Galileo and Kepler, and the role of mathematics and experimentation in modern physics. By creatively synthesizing a broad sweep of historical events and intellectual movements around the theme of light, the author offers readers of all backgrounds a unique perspective on Western civilization itself. Readers will find themselves immersed in lively discussions conducted by a physicist equally at home exploring the invention of perspective by Brunelleschi and Alberti, the writings of Goethe, or the mathematical models inspiring Maxwell's electromagnetic theory. Park writes eloquently of the physical, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects of light, making this book an invaluable guide for all readers wishing to explore the fascinating relationship between science and culture
The grand contraption : the world as myth, number and chance by David Park( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of humankind's attempts to make sense of the world, understand its physical nature, and know its real and imagined inhabitants is chronicled in an in-depth study that brings together the fields of history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the physical sciences in an analysis of four thousand years of written history in which humans have imagined the earth they inhabit. "The Grand Contraption is the long-needed antidote to all those top-heavy histories of scientific thought that pass brusquely over the philosophies of the ancient world, eager to find the sure footing of modernity. Park tells us not only what science now knows, but how it got to know it: from an enthralling mix of myth, genius, logic, careful observation, guesswork, invention, and a dash of inspired lunacy."--Philip Ball, author of Life's Matrix and consultant editor, Nature "This book literally grabs you. The facts presented, the stories told, the author's reflections on the information he presents, are rendered beautifully-and masterfully. This is a labor of love, and the passion with which David Park has written the book is readily apparent and makes one want to keep on reading. And in doing so one is richly rewarded with keen insights, judicious appraisals, and with questions regarding courses of action and consequences that are not only thought provoking but also relevant."--Silvan S. Schweber, Brandeis University and Harvard University, author of QED and the Men Who Made It (Princeton) "The Grand Contraption is an impressive feat of scholarship in the history of science, and it is even more impressive if one considers that it is written in clear and unpretentious English. Park offers, in plain language, an attractive way to think about cosmological ideas from a single perspective. No one will put this book down without having their level of consciousness raised by a few notches."--Christian Wildberg, Princeton University Annotation. The Grand Contraption tells the story of humanity's attempts through 4,000 years of written history to make sense of the world in its cosmic totality, to understand its physical nature, and to know its real and imagined inhabitants. No other book has provided as coherent, compelling, and learned a narrative on this subject of subjects. David Park takes us on an incredible journey that illuminates the multitude of elaborate "contraptions" by which humans in the Western world have imagined the earth they inhabit--and what lies beyond. Intertwining history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the physical sciences, this eminently readable book is, ultimately, about the "grand contraption" we've constructed through the ages in an effort to understand and identify with the universe. According to Park, people long ago conceived of our world as a great rock slab inhabited by gods, devils, and people and crowned by stars. Thinkers imagined ether to fill the empty space, and in the comforting certainty of celestial movement they discerned numbers, and in numbers, order. Separate sections of the book tell the fascinating stories of measuring and mapping the Earth and Heavens, and later, the scientific exploration of the universe. The journey reveals many common threads stretching from ancient Mesopotamians and Greeks to peoples of today. For example, humans have tended to imagine Earth and Sky as living creatures. Not true, say science-savvy moderns. But truth isn't always the point. The point, says Park, is that Earth is indeed the fragile bubble we surmise, and we must treat it with the reverence it deserves
The how and the why : an essay on the origins and development of physical theory by David Park( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The image of eternity : roots of time in the physical world by David Park( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No way : the nature of the impossible by Philip J Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is possible and impossible in mountaineering, biology, medicine, chemistry, artificial intelligence, technology, physics, mathematics, law, politics, economics, psychology, education, poetry, music, philosophy
Classical dynamics and its quantum analogues by David Park( Book )

36 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primary purpose of this textbook is to introduce students to the principles of classical dynamics of particles, rigid bodies, and continuous systems while showing their relevance to subjects of contemporary interest. Two of these subjects are quantum mechanics and general relativity. The book shows in many examples the relations between quantum and classical mechanics and uses classical methods to derive most of the observational tests of general relativity. A third area of current interest is in nonlinear systems, and there are discussions of instability and of the geometrical methods used to study chaotic behaviour. In the belief that it is most important at this stage of a student's education to develop clear conceptual understanding, the mathematics is for the most part kept rather simple and traditional. In the belief that a good education in physics involves learning the history of the subject, this book devotes some space to important transitions in dynamics: the development of analytical methods in the 18th century and the invention of quantum mechanics
Contemporary physics by David Park( Book )

28 editions published between 1964 and 1979 in 5 languages and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to strong interactions; a lecture-note volume by David Park( Book )

15 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of time : proceedings of the first conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, Oberwolfach (Black Forest), West Germany by International Society for the Study of Time( Book )

39 editions published between 1976 and 1981 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The papers in this volume were delivered and responded to at the Third Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time. The meeting took place during sunny days, punctuated by an occasional brief storm, in the confer ence facilities of the Österreichisches College in Alpbach, Austria, from]uly 1 to]uly 10, 1976. In the middle of it came]uly 4, the 200th anniversary of the Declaration ofindependence, and in honor ofparticipants from the United States there was a special session of papers on the subject of Freedom and Time. [See Fraser, Park in this volume.] The effect of the papers was kaleidoscopic; reading the table of contents one can surmise the experience of those enthusiasts, and there were several, who heard them all. I think that most people who have been puzzled about time will agree that it is not clear wh at the puzzle is or from what direction the insights will come that will enable us to understand the situation a litde more clearly. As one of the participants wrote afterwards, "After all, we do not know apriori whether there exists areal unity in studies about time, but if one exists it must reveal itself progressively in the course of successive experiences such as these lectures. If it were easy to find, it would have been found already without the Society's help
Introduction to quantum theory by David Park( Book )

3 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natura e significato della luce : dall'antica Grecia alla fisica moderna by David Park( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in Italian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landmarks of science, 1479-1945 : important books relating to mathematics & physical sciences in the Chapin Library by Chapin Library( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proceedings of the Third Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, Alpbach, Austria by International Society for the Study of Time( Book )

4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aging, economic growth, and old-age security in Asia by Asian Development Bank( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Population aging is perhaps the single biggest econmoic and social obstacle confronting Asia's future. The region-wide demographic transition towards an older population is fundamentally reshaping the demographic landscape, and is giving rise to two key socio-economic challenges. This timely book provides an in-depth analysis of these challenges and presents concrete policy options for tackling them
Paintings by Richard Diebenkorn and David Park from the collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The proceedings of the 1981 International Conference on Autism by International Conference on Autism( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Den moderna fysiken by David Park( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in Swedish and Multiple languages and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study of Time 2I : Proceedings of the Third Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time AlpbachAustria by J. T Fraser( )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The fire within the eye : a historical essay on the nature and meaning of light
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The fire within the eye : a historical essay on the nature and meaning of lightThe grand contraption : the world as myth, number and chanceThe how and the why : an essay on the origins and development of physical theoryClassical dynamics and its quantum analogues