In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your antimatter, and learn just enough to be certain about the Uncertainty Principle and speak with fluidity about Fluid Dynamics. Here is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science—and the rest. 30-Second Physics tackles the big ideas behind life as we know it, from the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground to the electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant from opposite ends of the earth. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds—using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a single picture. Illustrated with inventive graphics and supported by biographies of the physicists who transformed scientific knowledge forever.
About the Author
Brian Clegg read Natural Sciences, focusing on experimental physics, at Cambridge University. He has written for Nature,The Times, BBC History, and the Wall Street Journal and lectured at Oxford, Cambridge,and the Royal Institution. He is editor of the book review site www.popularscience.co.uk, and his publications include A Brief History of Infinity and How to Build a Time Machine.