Table of Contents

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About this Book

Preface

Chapter 1: Science and Faith

Faith versus Science?

What is Faith?

What is Science?

The Origin of Modern Science

How Christianity Fostered Science

A Brief History of Faithful Science

The Copernican Model

Kepler and Galileo

Galileo vs. the Aristotelians

Faithful Scientists

Chapter 2: Classical Physics

The Birth of Classical Physics

Basic Concepts

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Fundamental Properties, Forces, and Laws

Gravitational Acceleration

Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

Newtonian Explanations

Electromagnetic Forces

Electric and Magnetic Fields

Maxwell’s Equations

Waves

Light

Chapter 3: Energy and Entropy

Basic Concepts

Forms of Energy

Kinetic Energy

Potential Energy and Wave Energy

Thermal Energy

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Early Formulations of the Second Law

The Modern Formulation

Statistical Mechanics

Entropy as a Measure of Possibilities

How Entropy is Related to Probability

The Direction of Time

Irreversible Processes

The Asymmetry of Time

The Entropy of the Early Universe

Explaining the Low-Entropy Condition

Chapter 4: Atoms and Chemistry

Historical Beginnings of Atomic Theory

Pieces of Atoms

Inside the Nucleus

Theories of Atomic Structure

The Rutherford Model

The Bohr Model

Quantum Mechanical Models

Spectral Lines

Electron Shells and the Periodic Table

Periodicity of the Elements

Valence Electrons

Chemical Bonds

Chemical Reactions

Chapter 5: Subatomic Forces and Particles

Nuclear Physics

Isotopes

Nuclear Forces

Radioactivity

Nuclear Radiation

Half-life

Radiometric Dating

Nuclear Reactions

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Weapons

Particle Physics

Elementary Particles

Detecting Particles

Antimatter

Force-carrier Particles

The “God Particle” (Higgs boson)

Taxonomy of Particles

Chapter 6: Relativity

What is Relativity?

Relativity before Einstein

Galilean Relativity

A Privileged Frame of Reference?

Aether Theory

The Michelson-Morley Experiment

Stellar Aberration and the Aether Drag Hypothesis

Lorentzian Relativity

The Special Theory of Relativity

Is the Speed of Light Relative?

The Relativity of Distance and Time

Spacetime

Spacelike, Lightlike, and Timelike Intervals

Light Cones

Planes of Simultaneity

The Twin Paradox

Mass-Energy Equivalence

Relativistic Mass

The General Theory of Relativity

The Equivalence Principle

Curvy Spacetime

Reference Frames in General Relativity

Successful Predictions of General Relativity

The Principle of Relativity

Theological Implications of Relativity

Chapter 7: Quantum Physics

What is Quantum Physics?

The Double-Slit Test

Measurement and Superposition

The Schrodinger Equation and Born’s Rule

Fuzzy Photons

Quantum Entanglement and the EPR Paradox

Hidden Variables?

Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Chapter 8: Astronomy and Cosmology

How Big is the Universe?

How Old is the Universe?

Measuring Interstellar Distances

Galaxies

Groups, Clusters, and Superclusters

Hubble’s Law

The Big Bang Theory

Rewinding the Universe

Witnessing the Dawn of Creation

The Construction of Galaxies

How the Stars were Made

The Life and Death of a Star

Supernovae

Chapter 9: Evolution

Theories of Evolution

Introduction

On the Origin of Evolutionary Biology

Darwin’s Theory

Genetics

Mendel’s Laws

DNA and Modern Genetic Theory

Examining the Evidence for Evolution

Four Kinds of Evidence for Evolution

How to Date a Fossil

Interpreting the Fossil Record

Chapter 10: Creationism and Intelligent Design

Introduction

The Word of God

Understanding the Biblical Account of Creation

The Mystery of Creation

Seven Interpretations of the Seven Days

Historical Insights

Chapter 11: The Nature of Science

Appendices

Appendix A: Calculating the Mass of the Earth

Appendix B: Maxwell’s Equations

Appendix C: Boltzmann Entropy

Appendix D: Observing Spectral Lines