Brilliant!: Shuji Nakamura And the Revolution in Lighting Technology (Updat…



A revolution in the way we use artificial lighting is underway, one that is every bit as sweeping and significant as Edison’s invention of the light bulb. The technology of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is ready for widespread implementation. Its impacts will include a reduction in energy consumption for electric lighting by up to 80 percent.

Brilliant! tells the story of Shuji Nakamura, a gifted Japanese engineer who came out of nowhere to stun the world with his announcement that he had…

Albert Einstein: And the Frontiers of Physics (Oxford Portraits in Science)



Albert Einstein did not impress his first teachers. They found him a dreamy child without an especially promising future. But some time in his early years he developed what he called “wonder” about the world. Later in life, he remembered two instances from his childhood–his fascination at age five with a compass and his introduction to the lucidity and certainty of geometry–that may have been the first signs of what was to come. From these ordinary beginnings, Einstein became one of the…

Ramanujan’s Lost Notebook: Part IV



In the spring of 1976, George Andrews of Pennsylvania State University visited the library at Trinity College, Cambridge, to examine the papers of the late G.N. Watson. Among these papers, Andrews discovered a sheaf of 138 pages in the handwriting of Srinivasa Ramanujan. This manuscript was soon designated, “Ramanujan’s lost notebook.” Its discovery has frequently been deemed the mathematical equivalent of finding Beethoven’s tenth symphony. This volume is the fourth of five volumes that the…

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