Get A Grip on Physics (Get a Grip On Series)

Get A Grip on Physics (Get a Grip On Series)

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by John Gribbin
     
 

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In the beginning was chaos. But then everything got organized into elements. Then it was discovered that all these elements were made up of particles in patterns. After that someone decided that they weren't so much particles as waves. But then someone else suggested that the waves were really strings. And now they think that the strings are quite chaotic� If the

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In the beginning was chaos. But then everything got organized into elements. Then it was discovered that all these elements were made up of particles in patterns. After that someone decided that they weren't so much particles as waves. But then someone else suggested that the waves were really strings. And now they think that the strings are quite chaotic� If the physicists can't decide how things really are, what chance have the rest of us got? Fortunately, Get a Grip on Physics is here to guide you through the maze of theories, relative, general and otherwise, and bring you right up to date with the state of the universe.

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ISBN-13:
9780760737484
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Series:
Get a Grip On Series
Pages:
192

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Get a Grip on Physics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Wonder_Junkie More than 1 year ago
This book really makes it easy to follow the progression of physics while managing to keep the reader interested.
Gandolf More than 1 year ago
I've taken video courses on quantum mechanics and have read several books on particle physics and relativity. It's not always easy to keep the timeline of discoveries and the basic principles in order. This little book puts it all in order, from Newtonian basics to String Theory. You are introduced to the main characters in the world of physics and important terms are highlighted and defined. For me, this book really helps as a basic reference. For those not so well read on the subject, it can serve as an excellent point of departure for more research. It's all here in a nutshell!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it is a bit silly in spots, this does such a good job of looking at the history and explainations of not only the usual physics (Newtonian gravity, momentum, etc.) and modern physics (Einstein's special and general relativity), but also the 'new' physics like chaos theory. There are a few equations here and there, but you can ignore them if they aren't helpful. The author always has diagrams as well as sidebars to flesh out the explainations. For $5, it's a deal!
ShawnM More than 1 year ago
This is a kool little book. It's kinda like going back in time to maybe the 1950s or so, the way the illustrations are presented. The comic-book-style layout makes this book fun to read, and presents a different way to learn basic physics than the usual boring Physics 101. Unfortunately, I don't think the publisher has any plans for more topics like Get A Grip On Quantum Mechanics, or Get A Grip On Astronomy. (That's a HINT, Dover!)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an excellent source of information to fill the physics learning gaps. I find I take it with me everywhere, and I am able to read it in small increments. It helps to inform me on where the larger picture contemporary views come from, and why. It also illustrates how physics is an ever changing and growing world of understanding our Universe. How all knowledge and understanding stands on the shoulders of prior knowledge and understanding.