For the Love of Physics

For the Love of Physics

From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time-- A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

Book - 2011
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In For the Love of Physics, beloved MIT professor Walter Lewin, whose riveting physics lectures made him a YouTube super-star, takes readers on a remarkably fun, inventive, and often wacky journey that brings the joys of physics to life.

" For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin's extraordinary intellect, passion for physics, and brilliance as a teacher"--Bill Gates.

For more than thirty years as a renowned professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin's lectures made physics not only accessible but fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball, supercharging himself with three hundred thousand volts of electricity, or demonstrating why the sky is blue and clouds are white. In For the Love of Physics, Lewin takes readers on a marvelous journey , opening our eyes as never before to the wonders of physics and its amazing ability to reveal the beauty and power embedded in our world.

Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, can we stretch a hand out and touch one?

Using superbly clear and simple explanations of phenomena we've always wondered about, such as what the big bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin surprises and delights with physics-based answers to even the most elusive questions.

Whether showing us that a flea is strong enough to pull a heavy book across a table, or describing the coolest, weirdest facts about the tiniest bits of matter, Lewin always entertains as he edifies. "For me," Lewin writes, "physics is a way of seeing--the spectacular and the mundane, the immense and the minute--as a beautiful, thrillingly interwoven whole." For the Love of Physics is a rare gem that will change the way readers see the world.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451607130
9781439108277
Branch Call Number: 530.092 LEW NVD
Characteristics: xvi, 302 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Warren Jay

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Bill Gates reading list 2014

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Walter Lewin's passion for phyiscs shows in his lectures! I highly recommend his video lectures, as they are extremely educational. Watch how he makes those dotted lines with ease. :)

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