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Preface 1. Introduction Case Study 1. The Origins of Newton's Law of Gravitation: 2. From Ptolemy to Kepler - the Copernican revolution 3. Galileo and the nature of the physical sciences 4. Newton and the law of gravity Case Study 2. Maxwell's Equations: 5. The origin of Maxwell's equations 6. How to rewrite the history of electromagnetism Case Study 3. Mechanics and Dynamics - Linear and Non-linear: 7. Approaches to mechanics and dynamics 8. Dimensional analysis, chaos and self-organised criticality Case Study 4. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics: 9. Basic thermodynamics 10. Kinetic theory and the origin of statistical mechanics Case Study 5. The Origins of the Concept of Quanta: 11. Black-body radiation up to 1895 12. 1895-1900: Planck and the spectrum of black-body radiation 13. Planck's theory of black-body radiation 14. Einstein and the quantisation of light 15. The triumph of the quantum hypothesis Case Study 6. Special Relativity: 16. Special relativity - a study of invariance Case Study 7. General Relativity and Cosmology: 17. An introduction to general relativity 18. The technology of cosmology 19. Cosmology 20. Epilogue.