The journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine.Over 3,000 km below the earth's surface an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us.Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere - an iron-clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above.At the earth's core is the history of our planet written in temperature and pressure, crystals and minerals . . . Our planet appears tranquil from outer space. And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside . . .For thousands of years these phenomena were explained in legend and myth. Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged. One hundred and fifty years after the extraordinary, imaginative feat of Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, David Whitehouse embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world.
About the Author
Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, journalist and the author of five books, including The Sun, The Mooon and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC and Sky News. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.
The End of the Beginning This story starts off where many end. As I sit in front of my computer, the thoughts of many things bounce around my skull like a silver metallic ball in an old pinball machine. I need to pay my back rent. I have to prepare for a defamation trial in small claims court. I have no food in the fridge. I'm over $20,000 dollars in the hole. My company needs a new website. I haven't released a new record in months. I have one solitary quarter to my name. Literally. I need my Clonazepam. Obstacles such as these have broken many men, but I will not fall victim to the same fate. You can attribute this proclamation to my unwavering confidence, blind faith or the egotistical nature of a champion. Nevertheless, the future will be a testament to these words. I will not fail.
E = mc2 and the Periodic Table . . .<br> <br> RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN CHEMISTRY<br> <br> This century's most famous equation, Einstein's special theory of relativity, transformed our comprehension of the nature of time and matter. Today, making use of the theory in a relativistic analysis of heavy molecules, that is, computing the properties and nature of electrons, is the work of chemists intent on exploring the mysteries of minute particles.<br> <br> The first work of its kind, Relativistic Effects in Chemistry details the computational and analytical methods used in studying the relativistic effects in chemical bonding as well as the spectroscopic properties of molecules containing very heavy atoms. The first of two independent volumes, Part A: Theory and Techniques describes the basic techniques of relativistic quantum chemistry. Its systematic five-part format begins with a detailed exposition of Einstein's special theory of relativity, the significance of relativity in chemistry, and the nature of relativistic effects, especially with molecules containing both main group atoms and transition metal atoms.<br> <br> Chapter 3 discusses the fundamentals of relativistic quantum mechanics starting from the Klein-Gordon equation through such advanced constructs as the Breit-Pauli and Dirac multielectron Hamiltonian. Modern computational techniques, of importance with problems involving very heavy molecules, are outlined in Chapter 4. These include the relativistic effective core potentials, ab initio CASSCF, CI, and RCI techniques. Chapter 5 describes relativistic symmetry using the double group symmetry of molecules and the classification of relativistic electronic states and is of special importance to chemists or spectroscopists interested in computing or analyzing electronic states of molecules containing very heavy atoms.<br> <br> An exceptional introduction to one of chemistry's foremost analytical techniques, Relativistic Effects in Chemistry is also evidence of the still unending reverberations of Einstein's revolutionary theory.
This publication has been written to honour the contribution to science and education made by the Distinguished Professor Emeritus Professor Schey on his eightieth birthday. The contributors to his book are among the countless researchers who have read, studied and learned from Professor Schey's work, which includes books, research monographs, invited papers, keynote papers, scientific journals and conferences. The topics include manufacturing, sheet and bulk metal forming and tribology, amongst others.
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