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Average rating: 3.86 · 37 ratings · 4 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Biological Physics: Energy,...
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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“At the dawn of the twentieth century, it was already clear that, chemically speaking, you and I are not much different from cans of soup. And yet we can do many complex and even fun things we do not usually see cans of soup doing.”
Philip Nelson, Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life

“As an anonymous wit is supposed to have put it: "Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas which, given enough time, changes into people.”
David Christian, Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History

“In Leipzig [in the 14th century], the university found it necessary to promulgate a rule against throwing stones at the professors. As late as 1495, a German statute explicitly forbade anyone associated with the university from drenching freshmen with urine.”
Leonard Mlodinow, Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

“You cannot say, "I will look it up." Your birthday and social security number are things you look up; trigonometric functions and identities are what you know all the time.”
R. Shankar, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics

“I find imaginary numbers useful when computing my tax deductions.”
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