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In his introduction, author Clifford Pickover describes this "labor of love": "Rather than being a comprehensive or scholarly dissertation, it is intended as recreational reading for students of science and mathematics as well as interested lay people." Like its Sterling series predecessors (The Science Book and The Math Book), The Physics Book fulfills that purpose admirably. In fact, the book's 250 one-page capsules make physics landmarks downright fascinating. Who knew, for instance, that nature had created the world's first nuclear two billion years before humans did? The events are arranged chronologically from 13.7 billion years ago (The Big Bang) to 2009 A.D. (Large Hadron Collider). Along the way, we encounter everything from String Theory to Silly Putty, from the Tesla Coil to Lava Lights.