Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

by Michael Munowitz
     
 

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With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts - but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics. Glimpse a world of scientific understanding in the pages of this book, where hundreds of little diagrams substitute for the equations that physicists… See more details below

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With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts - but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics. Glimpse a world of scientific understanding in the pages of this book, where hundreds of little diagrams substitute for the equations that physicists otherwise need to tell their tale.

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Publishers Weekly
In the preface to his new book, science writer Munowitz (Principles of Chemistry) declares that "one should not have to become a professional mathematician or physicist simply to appreciate what is arguably the greatest joy there is: the joy of knowing (just a little bit) how everything is put together." To that end, his "ruthlessly abridged" overview of the landscape of science offers "no formulas to memorize" but still manages to cover everything from basic Newtonian physics to advanced thermodynamics and quantum physics. Munowitz's skills as a writer and teacher are clear throughout, particularly when he tackles the thornier aspects of modern physics, but this is still far from an easy read (Munowitz's elaboration of general relativity is one of the clearest in print, but it's still tough going). At the same time, readers with a grounding in modern physics may find that the author's reworking of a science textbook by expanding on and recontextualizing the "standards"-much like a concert by a really good cover band-leaves them looking at familiar concepts in a refreshing new light. B&w illus. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"There is nothing more fundamental to everything in the entire universe than theoretical physics, and no subject more difficult to explain to the non-specialist. In addressing it in the well-titled Knowing, Munowitz has written one of the clearest and most inviting books of science exposition I have ever encountered."—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature and The Ants

"All those who are eager to understand how the world works but have been frustrated and discouraged by the forbidding mathematical language of physical science will welcome this fascinating, lucid, and satisfying account of what we know (and don't know) about this most profound of human endeavors. Munowitz has written 'physics without tears.'" —Christian de Duve, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology and Medicine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199830817
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
984,383
File size:
9 MB

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