This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend.
Anyone who’s ever wondered why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, or how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive will find answers and a few laughs too. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts—just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.66(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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“I know nothing about physics. And have you seen me? I’m not a beautiful person. But when you’re done, Physics for Beautiful People will teach you physics and remind you what true beauty is. Part-memoir, part-textbook, and all-cool, here’s absolute proof that true beauty is both in you and surrounds you.”
“Physics for Beautiful People is a clever, wryly passionate homage to the beauty of physics. It’s also a memoir of a Catholic girlhood, and that makes for a strange mix, but it works. Think Tobias Wolff meets Richard Feynman, only female. For me, the book’s shining achievement is an enthusiastic appreciation for science as described by an unconventional narrator. Not a nerdy guy, but a bright and over-achieving female sings the siren song for science.”
—Dan Coffey, a.k.a. public radio’s Dr. Science
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This book is amazing. I've always been interested in physics but whenever I pick up other "beginners" physics books, I'm overwhelmed and entertained. McKinley explains things SO WELL and interestingly. Also there's math problems too and little experiments and yeah...it's awesome, it really makes me want to be an engineer.
Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You is a nonfiction, science book written by Christine McKinley, a mechanical engineer and the host of the History channel’s series: Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. Ms. McKinley takes the reader on a tour through the basics of physics while remaining incredibly entertaining and easily understandable. Her approach kept me engaged in what could have otherwise been very dry material, but her descriptions, examples, and even deeply personal stories made this a great learning experience. If you are new to physics or if you just like to read new perspectives of this amazing science, then check out this book! My favorite quote: "Because of life's uncertainty, you need something you can be absolutely sure of. Learn everything you can about the structure and forces of the world because you will need that solid place to stand when you are called upon to be brave, tough, and smart. Even if you don't become an engineer or a scientist, learn to think like one. Insist on what is real, not what you wish was real. Embrace the constraints and realities of deadlines, finances, and rejection with the same clear-eyed acceptance as you do the laws of gravity, motion, and energy. If you do that, you will become more and more capable, then you can be fiercely and apologetically successful in whatever you choose to do."