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Jeans, James 1877-1946

Works: 328 works in 2,174 publications in 15 languages and 22,932 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Juvenile works  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Honoree, Other
Classifications: QC6, 530.1
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Most widely held works by James Jeans
Science & music by James Jeans( Book )

105 editions published between 1927 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A considerable fraction of my book is merely Helmholtz modernized and rewritten in simple language"--Preface
The universe around us by James Jeans( Book )

160 editions published between 1929 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 1,909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physics & philosophy by James Jeans( Book )

100 editions published between 1924 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is no more eloquent, interesting or persuasive exposition of what may be called science of philosophy than Sir James Jeans's." {u2014} The New York Times Can we have any knowledge of the world outside us other than we gain by the methods of science? Are we humans endowed with free will, or are we mere cogs in a vast machine that must follow its predestined course until it finally runs down? Is the world we perceive the world of ultimate reality, or is it only a curtain veiling a deeper reality beyond? In this strikingly lucid and often poetic book, one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists grapples with these age-old questions, achieving in the process a brilliant and non-technical exposition of the interrelationship between physics and philosophy. He begins by defining physics and philosophy, pointing out the difference in their respective attempts to explain physical reality and man's place in it. This discussion paves the way for an outline of epistemological methods in which the rationalism of thinkers like Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant is compared to the empiricism of Locke and Hume. Over the course of the book, in a manner that is careful and methodic but never dull, Jeans marshals the evidence for his startling conclusion: recent discoveries in astronomy, mathematics, sub-atomic physics, and other disciplines have washed away the scientific basis of many older philosophic discussions. Such long-standing problems as causality, free will and determinism, the nature of space and time, materialism and mentalism must be considered anew in the light of new knowledge and information attained by twentieth-century physical science. Even then, however, Jeans cautions against drawing any positive conclusions, pointing out that both physics and philosophy are both relatively young and that we are still in Newton's words, like children playing with pebbles on the sea-shore, while the great ocean of truth rolls, unexplored, beyond our reach. Although first published in 1943, nothing in physics has happened to affect Jeans's account in this book; it remains remarkably fresh and undated, a classic exposition of the philosophical implications of scientific knowledge
The mysterious universe by James Jeans( Book )

181 editions published between 1930 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originating from the Rede Lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge in November 1930, this book is based upon the conviction that the teachings and findings of astronomy and physical science are destined to produce an immense change on our outlook on the universe as a whole, and on views about the significance of human life. The author contends that the questions at issue are ultimately one for philosophical discussion, but that before philosophers can speak, science should present ascertained facts and provisional hypotheses. The book is therefore written with these thoughts in mind while broadly presenting the fundamental physical ideas and findings relevant for a wider philosophical inquiry
The mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism by James Jeans( Book )

160 editions published between 1908 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory with the student in mind
The growth of physical science by James Jeans( Book )

87 editions published between 1947 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dynamical theory of gases by James Jeans( Book )

94 editions published between 1902 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This famous book marks an important turning-point in applied mathematics. Written by one of the great scientific expositors of our time, it introduced the notion of dissipation in kinetic theory, an innovation that has had wide application in mathematical physics and engineering."--Back cover
The new background of science by James Jeans( Book )

79 editions published between 1930 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadoutline of theoretical physics in simple terms against a background of rudimentary philosophy
An introduction to the kinetic theory of gases by James Jeans( Book )

92 editions published between 1940 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book can be described as a student's edition of the author's Dynamical Theory of Gases. It is written, however, with the needs of the student of physics and physical chemistry in mind, and those parts of which the interest was mainly mathematical have been discarded. This does not mean that the book contains no serious mathematical discussion; the discussion in particular of the distribution law is quite detailed; but in the main the mathematics is concerned with the discussion of particular phenomena rather than with the discussion of fundamentals ... A large part of the book seems to us very suitable for an Honours student of Physics; as is to be expected from Sir James Jeans, physical principles are discussed in a most lucid way and with the help of useful analogies, as, for instance, in his comparison between the distribution of molecular velocities and of rifle shots on a target."--The Mathematical Gazette
The stars in their courses by James Jeans( Book )

98 editions published between 1931 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through space & time by James Jeans( Book )

61 editions published between 1934 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through Space and Time is based upon the 1933 Christmas Lectures that James Jeans gave at the Royal Institution, London. Intended to appeal to a wide readership and presenting a broad understanding of the Earth, solar system and the universe, the book begins its journey with the history, structure and main features of our planet, and ends in the vast expanses of space among the nebulae
Astronomy and cosmogony by James Jeans( Book )

60 editions published between 1928 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This second edition, originally published in 1929, is an extensive survey at the forefront of cosmology and astronomy with particular reference to the physical state of matter, the structure, composition and life-cycle of stars, and the superstructures of nebulae and galaxies. Intended as a rigourously argued scientific treatise, every effort was made by Jeans to render the results of far-reaching advancements in cosmology intelligible to a broad range of readers
An elementary treatise on theoretical mechanics by James Jeans( Book )

50 editions published between 1907 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to being among the twentieth century's major scientific figures, Sir James Jeans (1877-1946) was also one of the greatest modern science expositors. His classic introduction to mechanics endures as a clear and concise presentation of first principles. Although brief, it encompasses a remarkably wide selection of topics. Its subjects include rest and motion, force and the laws of motion, forces acting on a single particle, statics of systems of particles, statics of rigid bodies, center of gravity, work, motion of a particle under constant forces, motion of systems of particles, moti
Scientific progress by James Jeans( Book )

19 editions published between 1936 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1936, this volume contains six of the Halley Stewart Lectures - originally founded ""For Research towards the Christian Ideal in All Social Life""--By some of the greatest of English scientists of the mid-20th century, each a leading authority in his respective field: cosmology, physics, meteorology, medicine and genetics. The final lecture considers the relationship between scientific knowledge and human ideals, commenting on the paradox that a century which produced such scientific advance also witnessed the most concentrated period of social, economic and political turmo
Eos; or, The wider aspects of cosmogony by James Jeans( Book )

26 editions published between 1928 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report on radiation and the quantum-theory by James Jeans( Book )

40 editions published between 1914 and 1925 in English and French and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Problems of cosmogony and stellar dynamics by James Jeans( Book )

31 editions published between 1919 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atomicity and quanta by James Jeans( Book )

18 editions published between 1925 and 2009 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the full text of James Jeans's Rouse Ball Lecture given in 1925 at Cambridge University, and surveys the field of atomic and subatomic physics in the early days of quantum mechanics, with a brief historical perspective on measurement
The nebular hypothesis & modern cosmogony : being the Halley lecture delivered on 23 May, 1922 by James Jeans( Book )

9 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The astronomical horizon by James Jeans( Book )

10 editions published between 1945 and 1946 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dzhins, Dzheĭms Khopvud 1877-1946

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Джэймс Хопвуд Джынс

Џејмс Х. Џинс

Џејмс Џинс британски математичар и астроном

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جيمس جينز، 1877-1946 سير،

جيمس جينز، السير، 1877-1946

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جیمز هاپوود جینز ریاضی‌دان، فیزیک‌دان، و ستاره‌شناس بریتانیایی

چينز، چيمس، 1946-1877 سير،

چينز، چيمس، سير، 1946-1877

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Physics & philosophyThe mysterious universeThe mathematical theory of electricity and magnetismThe growth of physical scienceThe dynamical theory of gasesThe new background of scienceAn introduction to the kinetic theory of gasesThe stars in their courses