Men of Physics Lord Rayleigh–The Man and His Work

Men of Physics Lord Rayleigh–The Man and His Work

The Commonwealth and International Library: Selected Readings in Physics

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Author: Robert Bruce Lindsay
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483146775

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Men of Physics: Lord Rayleigh–The Man and His Work presents an appraisal of the significance of Rayleigh's scientific work, together with extracts from his published papers. The book starts by providing a biographical sketch of John William Strutt, Third Baron Rayleigh (1842-1919). The text then discusses Lord Rayleigh's contributions to science, including the physical phenomena, optical instruments, electrical standards, and the theory of relativity. Selections from Rayleigh’s scientific papers, which are included in the book, are also considered. These selections include papers about the theory of resonance; the intensity and polarization of the scattered light; the manufacture and theory of diffraction-gratings; and the binaural effect. Other selected papers include those about the application of the principle of reciprocity to acoustics; the stability of fluid flow; the Rayleigh disk; and acoustic streaming. The study of surface waves in elastic solids; the discovery and isolation of argon; sound propagation; and electromagnetic radiation are the other topics included in the selection of papers in the book. Physicists will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part I

    Biographical Sketch of John William Strutt, Third Baron Rayleigh (1842-1919)

    Part II

    Lord Rayleigh's Contributions to Science

    Bibliography of the Writings of Lord Rayleigh

    Part III Selections from Rayleigh's Scientific Papers

    On the Theory of Resonance (1870)

    On the Light from the Sky, its Polarization and Color (1871)

    On the Manufacture and Theory of Diffraction-gratings (1874)

    Our Perception of the Direction of a Source of Sound (1876)

    On the Application of the Principle of Reciprocity to Acoustics (1876)

    On the Stability, or Instability, of Certain Fluid Motions (1880)

    Address to the Mathematical and Physical Science Section of the British Association (1882)

    On an Instrument Capable of Measuring the Intensity of Aerial Vibrations (1882)

    On the Circulation of Air Observed in Kundt's Tubes, and on Some Allied Acoustical Problems (1883)

    Presidential Address to the British Association's Montreal Meeting (1884)

    On Waves Propagated Along the Plane Surface of an Elastic Solid (1885)

    On the Physics of Media that are Composed of Free and Perfectly Elastic Molecules in a State of Motion (1892)

    Density of Nitrogen (1892)

    Argon (1895)

    On the Cooling of Air by Radiation and Conduction, and on the Propagation of Sound (1899)

    Remarks upon the Law of Complete Radiation (1900)

    Is Rotatory Polarization influenced by the Earth's Motion? (1902)

    On Electrical Vibrations and the Constitution of the Atom (1906)

    Note as to the Application of the Principle of Dynamical Similarity (1909-10)

    Letter to Professor Nernst (1911)

    The Pressure of Radiation and Carnot's Principle (1914)

    On the Pressure Developed in a Liquid During the Collapse of a Spherical Cavity (1917)

    Presidential Address to the Society for Psychical Research (1919)


Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483146775

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