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Book Review: Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of Edited by Stephen Hawking

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Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of by Stephen Hawking describes classic phenomena in physics utilizing simple language and complex multi-dimensional mathematical formulas. The work includes a collection of papers by famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, and many others.

Hawking explains the work of noted scientists utilizing higher mathematics to depict the concepts. In addition, he provides valuable insights into the significance of these scientific concepts utilizing layperson’s terms. There is an intense discussion on how the spectrum of black-body radiation changes with temperature variability.

For instance, Ludwig Boltzmann discusses how the entropy of a system is a function of the probability of its state. The definition of entropy encompasses a measure of the disorder existing in a system; a measure of the energy in a system or process that is unavailable to perform work and a measure of the random errors in noise occurring from the transmission of signals and the efficiency of transmission systems.

The effective utilization of energy unavailable to perform work or entropy is  important to reduce fuel costs. These costs are reduced by using energy byproducts that would otherwise turn to waste and pollute the air.  Resolving this research question definitively could yield 200 or more miles per gallon of gas.

Resolution of random errors in noise problems will advance the state of art in telecommunications systems, as well as cloud computing. These research questions are outgrowths of the intensive interdisciplinary discussion of entropy in this work. Ultimately, overcoming the limits of entropy will help us to reduce fuel costs drastically and make progress toward cleaning the environment.

Statistical probability is adequate for treatment of thermal phenomena. New quantum mechanics gives us a better understanding of the Helium atomic structure, half quantum numbers in band spectra, continuous spatial distributions of photoelectrons and the phenomena of radioactive disintegration.

The existence of stationery states and photon theory explains quantitatively the interaction of atoms and radiation. The classic wave functions represent the probability that an event will occur; however, this probability relates to a computation of the probability that a system ends in a definitive final state.

Hawking also highlights that a particle cannot penetrate a potential barrier with a height greater than the particle kinetic energy. For a moving particle, the kinetic energy is defined as the total work from start to finish; or conversely, its kinetic energy is the total amount of work needed to attain its velocity starting from point zero.

Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of is a wonderful book which summarizes many of the classic open research questions in practical and theoretical physics. Stephen Hawking explains the phenomena both in simple language, as well as the language of higher mathematics utilizing the integral calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability and linear algebra. The presentation makes for good reading by the public, as well as the scientific community. In addition, the work enhances the public knowledge and appreciation for physics and its numerous practical applications in the consumer sector.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.