The Continuing Revolution

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The Continuing Revolution: A History of Physics from the Greeks to Einstein
Author Joseph Agassi
Country United States
Language English
Subject History of science
Publisher McGraw-Hill
Publication date
Pages 225

The Continuing Revolution: A History of Physics from the Greeks to Einstein (1968) is a book by Joseph Agassi, published by McGraw-Hill Book Company. It written as a three-week discussion with Agassi's son Aaron.


The book is divided into three weeks or chapters. Each week has seven days or sections.

The first chapter—i.e., week one—has

  • Monday: What Science Is All About
  • Tuesday: From Aristarchus to Copernicus
  • Wednesday: Why Believe Scientists?
  • Thursday: Galileo's Home-made Telescope
  • Friday: The Idea of the Artificial Satellite
  • Saturday: Gravity—More or Less or the Same Everywhere?
  • Sunday: Science Versus Superstition

The second chapter—i.e., week two—has

  • Monday: The Most Important Question in Physics
  • Tuesday: Everyone Thinks the World Is Made of Something Else
  • Wednesday: From Plato to Descartes
  • Thursday: Descartes' Theory of the Universe
  • Friday: Cartesian Physics—Everything Pushes Everything Else
  • Saturday: Bacon, Boyle, and Especially Newton
  • Sunday: More on Newton, and a Little About Einstein

The third chapter—i.e., week three—has

  • Monday: Leibniz
  • Tuesday: No Such Thing as Electric Atoms
  • Wednesday: Was Newton Right or Wrong?
  • Thursday: A Mess of Theories About Ethers
  • Friday: Who Am I to Fight the Whole World?
  • Saturday: Magnetic Lines of Force
  • Sunday: from Faraday to Einstein to Tomorrow