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Published by Johns Hopkins University Press in Baltimore .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Physics -- Miscellanea.

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementClifford Swartz.
GenreMiscellanea.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQC75 .S83 2003, QC75 .S83 2003
The Physical Object
Paginationxvii, 155 p. :
Number of Pages155
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17720919M
ISBN 100801872626, 0801872634
LC Control Number2002016143

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