Instant Physics: From Aristotle to Einstein, and Beyondby Tony Rothman
From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated
For all of you who break out in a sweat at the thought of thermodynamics, or freeze up at the mention of quantum mechanics, like a bolt from the blue, INSTANT PHYSICS will zap you through the fascinating history of our most basic, yet baffling, science.
From the thousand-year search for proof of the existence of the ever-elusive atom to the varied and heated arguments behind the big bang theory, INSTANT PHYSICS answers all the heavy questions with a light touch. You'll learn:
* How the Greek philosophers used the sledgehammer of mathematics to break apart the mysteries of the physical universe.
* Why gravity is a "romantic" force.
* How to tell the difference between a gluon, a meson, and a quark, even if you can't see them.
INSTANT PHYSICS is crammed with special features, including chapter summaries, who's who lists, biographical and historical tidbits, and a host of illustrations, photos, equations, diagrams, and drawings.
- Random House Publishing Group
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- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)
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This book was very informative about all aspects of physics. It talked about everythign from The Big Bang Thoery to the major Philosophers through time. I really enjoied how the author had a sense of humor while talking about this subject. If it wasn't for his sense of humor i doubt i would have been able to understanrd the book as well as I did. When he began to talk about the scientific process, he talked about Confucious and how important hyphothesis' are. One of my favorite lines from that section is, "Without the data, yo' chatta' don' matta'" (McKinsey W.)
I thought that this was a good introduction to physics.. My only problem with this book was that its lack of seriousness. This is a book for people who do not takes physics and science very seriously. Ryan H.