Get a Grip on Physics

Get a Grip on Physics

by John Gribbin
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Get a Grip on Physics by John Gribbin

What do Newton's falling apple and the moon's orbit have in common? How does relativity theory apply to everyday life, what's a quantum leap, and why is Schrödinger's cat inside that box? The answers lie within your grasp! John Gribbin, a physicist and author of bestselling popular-science books, offers down-to-earth discussions of technical topics. Playful engravings and cartoons illustrate his imaginative accounts of the workings of string theory, black holes, superfluidity, and other cosmic oddities. Readers of all ages will appreciate these memorable explanations of the laws of physics and their application to everything from massive stars to miniscule atoms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486485027
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 634,642
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Gribbin is a physicist, writer, lecturer, and broadcaster. Since 1992 he has been a Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex. A longtime consultant to New Scientist, he is the author of more than 120books.

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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.