Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

by Richard A. Muller
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ISBN-10:
0393066274
ISBN-13:
9780393066272
Pub. Date:
08/03/2008
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

A San Francisco Chronicle BestsellerWe live in complicated, dangerous times. Present and future presidents need to know if North Korea's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if private companies should be allowed to lead the way on space exploration, and what the actual facts are about the worsening threats from climate change. This is "must-have" information for all presidents—and citizens—of the twenty-first century.Winner of the 2009 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393066272
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/03/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
like the read. Downloaded the nook version but it did not come with the "Figures" referred to in the text. Very annoying! But still like the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for the facts behind political options when it comes to real problems were facing in your country. I likes this book because he gave a fairly unbiased opinion on a lot of the options that people are proposing the then followed everything up with solid math. And if he feels like he needs to give him personal opinion on a subject he warns you before he does it so you don't take those particular words as fact. I thought it was a good read to help me decide which political options are actually going to do something and which just sound like they will. I'm not too techy so it was a bit of a stuggle to get through some of the math, but frankly, you can skip the equations and still get the point. Smart Read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To appreciate this book, it must be read with an unbiased mindset. Any discussion about US energy policy needs to use an equally unbiased understanding of physics. This book provides one approach for addressing this current issue.
GeoffB More than 1 year ago
Are you worried about terrorists with "dirty" bombs? Wondering why we don't have solar powered cars despite decades of experimental versions showing up on magazine covers? Do you think nuclear power plants are unsafe and "safe" nuclear waste disposal is impossible? Do you wonder why we can't find a good, inexpensive alternative to petroleum and other fossil fuels? A primer on the physics behind several of the issues the new President and his administration will have to deal with (or put off dealing with), including fossil fuels, alternative energy, nuclear power and weapons, bioterrorism, and so on. What I found absolutely fascinating about the book was the extent to which popular notions about many of the topics are wrong, and because they are wrong, we tend to misallocate not only our hopes and fears, but our money as well. The book was as much a page-turner for me as any thriller. I stayed up late and got up early to keep reading, the "ah-ha!" moments coming one on top of the other. I can only hope that someone in the President's administration, if not the President himself, has read this. Even if they don't, anyone who votes certainly should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample is amazing and taught me more than I learn in school in a month Really enjoyed it
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JustinAL More than 1 year ago
How wonderful. This combination of physics and current issues; using physics to addresses the issues. The reader needn't have a background wrought of physics, if you have some the book will be all the more fun. This was published 2 years ago, so you will find, if you read this today, it seems prophetic at times. Explanations of why it is easier for a terrorist to us gasoline--Times Square, for example. Well written, good information with exemplary information with physics-backed validity but explained for the rest of us to get.
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mccoyfish More than 1 year ago
GOOD BOOK BUT WOULD ONLY BUY FOR KINDLE ON PHONE BECAUSE OF THE PRICE.