For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
“For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics, and brilliance as a teacher”—Bill...more
I loved math in school, but when I got to calculus, for some reason, I just couldn't understand it. And so I decided to skip physics altogether. However, I really wanted to read the book Einstein: His Life and Universe, because I think its author, Walter Isaacson, is a genius. It seemed like the perfect marriage of author and subject! But I have never liked science, as it was taught in scho...more
The second half of the books discusses his own career in research using x-r...more
Walter Lewin is a professor of physics at MIT, where he teaches several of the introductory physics courses. These courses, which are available on the web at http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm, are apparently very popular. I can't vouch for them, as I haven't looked at any of them yet. I can say that the book is a nice blend of popular science and memoir. The book was written with a co-author, Warren Goldstein, who is a professor of history at the University of Hartford.
The book begins by explaini...more
Lewin's book, on the other hand does something incredible. Lewin takes t...more
A pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy, the author has been teaching three core physics courses at MIT since 1966, when he first came to the United States from Holland. Lewin writers that physics is "fundamentally an experimental science." A skeptic about the claims of string-theory proponent...more
The book starts off with a lot of relevant information for any layman from gravity to colours and rainbows, then scours into the connection with astrology. Regardless of the near to none understanding of the formulas that have been scattered through out...more
The first 3/4ths of the book serve as a review of basic physics: waves, light, mass, elections, etc. Lewin fills the book with examples from his classes at MIT, and his approach to physics is appealing. For example, to teach how light behaves, he teaches how rainbows work-...more
#1 - read the book. A great way to go. Very much like the coolest science class you ever took, with that one professor that actually tried to be a good teacher. Learn awesome stuff about rainbows, black holes, binary stars, etc.
#2 - watch the free video lectures put on iTunesU by M.I.T. Get the same material, as seen by a student.
I'm glad that teachers this good get platforms like books to spread their content more broadly than just a class of a couple hundre...more
"For the Love of Physics" is the wonderful, educational book that enlightens the layperson to physics. Professor Lewin's passion for physics shines throughout the book as he takes readers on a journey from the tiniest particles to the utter vastness of our universe. Acclaimed MIT professor Walter Lewin, helps us see the world through the eyes of physics. This book is...more
I have to say that after a while it became a little bit heavier to read; but in the end it was worth the effort. Long life to Mr. Lewin; I shall say :-)
07-14-2011: I really like and admire the intimate way this author has to describe his true feelings for the science of Physics. He tells the stori...more
Lewin is the kind of guy who would head into the path of a wrecking ball, or charge himself to 300,000 volts in the name of scientific demonstration! He once brought 600 daffodils into his lecture at a conference. Into his classrooms he would bring Maxwell's equations, and urge his students to "inhale them! After you see them for the...more
The author mixes in personal experiences which makes the book remarkably human. We picture physicists as calculation machi...more
If only Professor Lewin wrote my physics textbooks,
After reading this book, we're no longer draw a line between daily life and school subject that called "Physics", in fact it has changed all our daily perspective of life.
However I expect a thicker book, more area of physics to be uncovered, second book maybe?
Leo a Walter Lewin y siento que puedo redescubrir la Física, sorprenderme, divertirme, maravillarme. Y es mucho, mucho...more
While it wouldn't be fair to criticize the book on terms of prose, so if you're picking this book up, you better be interested in science! While most of the concepts revolved around basic physics, and could be boring to a science major, but the real beauty is the way Walter explains them in the most basic sense.
I particularly liked his...more
Lewin is een gepassioneerd wetenschapper (professor aan het MIT, VS) en legt fyscia uit aan de hand van alledaagse fenomenen en proeven.
Voor wie de schoolbanken al even verlaten heeft is het een herkenning én uitbreiding. De onderwerpen zijn divers en allesbehalve schools uitgelegd.
Je raakt gewoon - willens of nillens - weer helemaal 'gek op natuurkunde' !
Lewin's major contributions in astrophysics include the discovery of the first slowly rotating neutron star through...more