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Durante más de treinta años como profesor en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT), Lewin perfeccionó su peculiar arte de enseñar y de hacer de la física algo accesible y divertido. En sus cursos, siempre prácticos, ha llegado a colocar su cabeza delante de un martillo demoledor o a aplicarse una sobrecarga de trescientos mil voltios para explicar conceptos básic ...more
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Published February 20th 2012 by Debate (first published May 3rd 2011)
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This man proves that teachers make a difference. That a good teacher can make anyone care about his topic.

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
Sabbir Ahmed
পনের কেজি ভরের একটি লোহার গোলক ছুটে আসছে বিপজজনক গতিতে মুখ বরাবর। চোখ মুখ ভয়ে খিঁচ আছে। যদি এটি ঠিক আঘাত হানতে পারে তবে সকাল ফরাকচার হয়ে নিরঘাৎ মৃতযু। রকতে বেড়ে গেছে অযাডরেনালিন হরমোন যেটাকে বলে হয় rush hormone. মসতিষক পরতিটি মুহুরতে ইংগিত দিচছে সরে যাওয়ার জনয। কিনতু এরই সাথে কাজ করে যাচছে মসতিষকের pre-frontal cortex যেটা কিনা মানুষকে আলাদা করে অনযানয সতনযপায়ী পরাণী হতে। মানব মসতিষকের যুকতিবিদযা যেখান থেকে উৎসারিত হয়। সেটি বলছে, উঁহু তুমি মরবে না। পদারথবিদযায় শকতির সংরকষণশীলতা নীতি বলে একটি কথা ...more
Anne Swartjes
When I saw the Dutch ratings on this book (hardly 1 star) I was utterly shocked. I had heard so many great stories about Walter Lewin, appearing in a very well-known Dutch TV-show and captivating thousands of ears of interest. I, unfortunately, haven't yet had the opportunity to experience one of his lectures, but I certainly will do some research soon. I heard that this man did a magnificent job on making serious physics understandable for less-but-still-genius-human-beings like you and me (I g ...more
I would love to have taken one of Walter Lewin's classes. His teaching style is fun and energetic, and he seems to love to get his students involved in his experiments. The first part of the book is a series of 20 to 30 minute segments on various topics about the physics of everyday things. The topics range from how airplanes fly to the maximum depth a snorkler can handle and why to how we measure the distances of stars.

The second half of the books discusses his own career in research using x-r
Walter Lewin was a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until his retirement in 2009 and was well known for his popular lectures on physics which appeared on the MIT OpenCourseWare website - that is until MIT indefinitely suspended access to Lewin's courses on OpenCourseWare in late 2014 "after its investigation of a serious matter" (to quote the message that now appears on the OpenCourseWare website when you click on some of the links in Lewin's book). As I do ...more
Kevin Hanks
Great book written by what sounds to be a great teacher. He tries to condense the material from several of his MIT introductory physics classes into book format. I've learned that his class lectures have become quite popular on Youtube and that this book is an attempt to expand on that popularity and reach an even wider audience. I say bravo! I loved his simple explanations and obvious love of the topics. Because of the format, he was forced to describe several of his more famous physics demonst ...more
Positive Electron
"That’s why I always try to show my students the forests, rather than take them up and down every single tree. That is also what I have tried to do in this book for you. I hope you have enjoyed the journey."

When I finished reading For the Love of Physics, the realization of that I, unfortunately, had the worst Physics teachers a can student have, was fully assured. Walter Lewin is by far the most outstanding Physics teacher out there. He deserves the honorable title of a Teacher. A teacher that
Walter Lewin is al meer dan veertig jaar docent aan het prestigieuze Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hij is bij het brede publiek met name bekend geworden door zijn unieke college’s, die op Youtube vele kijkers trekken. Binnen Nederland is hij met name bekend door zijn optredens in De Wereld Draait Door.

In zijn boek “Gek Op Natuurkunde” wil hij zijn lezer een weg wijzen naar de opmerkelijke rol die de natuurkunde in ons alledaagse leven speelt. Dit combineert hij met persoonlijke ve
In this book, Dr. Lewin deciphers many confusing aspects of natural phenomenon which surround us. The mysteries of rainbows and sound, electricity and magnetism, etc., are brought within our grasp of understanding after listening to Lewin's discussions. He uses layman's terms, for the most part, and gives simple yet practical examples to make his point. He seems genuinely interested in opening a new sense of understanding of the many seemingly complex things which surround us. However, I suspect ...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, 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

You have to understand before reading this, that Lewin has a genuine love of both physics and education. His love is shown plainly in the pages, and while he leaves much to doubt, it's clear the reader should explore to learn more. There is an abundant amount of resources out there for the pop-physicist to read, but most books gloss over the smaller things that are deemed "uninteresting" and go for really big physics stuff.

Lewin's book, on the other hand does something incredible. Lewin takes t
Tnahsin Garg
Being a fan of Dr. Lewin, I picked up this one to clear my head of all the literary stuff that I've been reading. And turned out, it was quite a delightful read.

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
5 stars for the sheer joy the author takes in teaching his readers. As popular physics treatments go, there's not much here an interested reader isn't likely to have encountered elsewhere -- other than the author's account of his own very interesting scientific autobiography. But there's great pleasure to be had in seeing the whole history and enterprise of physics through the eyes of this boyishly enthusiastic guide. It's no wonder Lewin's classes are as widely admired as they are. I plan to wa ...more
Reading this book is almost like being at one of Prof. Lewin's lectures! (For those who haven't had the opportunity, he provides links to some of them on MIT's OpenCourseWare site.) The only difference between this and the actual lectures is that he requires less math background on the reader's part than is expected from MIT freshmen- there's very little in the way of math or equations. If you're even a little interested in physics, check it out!
With the assistance of Goldstein (History/Univ. of Hartford), Lewin (Physics/MIT), best known to a large international audience for his online physics lectures, delivers a readable book about the subject.

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
Un libro muy fácil de leer con la intención de compartir el amor por el conocimiento más fundamental que posee la especie humana: la física.
Por amor a la física recoge algunas lecciones de física explicadas de una forma bastante sencilla, además de jalonar el texto de docenas de anécdotas sobre su vida como investigador y docente. Respondiendo preguntas curiosas, sí, pero también ofreciéndonos más que la simple y llana respuesta a fenómenos cotidianos de los cuales muchas veces hemos olvidarnos
Vatsal Sanjay
I don’t remember the last time I ever wrote a review for a book. However this book was different. It compelled me to write. The book I am talking about is “For the love of Physics”. Now I assume that most of you are planning to terminate reading any further because the title has the name Physics and the world knows it not every of us is fond of this subject. However this book is a strong message against any such hatred or unlikeness. People seem to dodge Physics with a unique reason of their own ...more
Daliso Ngoma
If Walter Lewin was my physics teacher in my earlier years, I think I might have vested more interest in the field and taken it as my major. But after reading this book, it's given me some renewed hope that not all science teachers are a kill joy.

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
ONe of the best science books I've read in a while. The author transmits his love of science and the wonders that we can discover through physics. He has lectures online and I need to watch them. It takes me back to my undergraduate days, when everything was new and exciting. The book just oozes with the joy of discovery that is the mark of a true scientist.
James (JD) Dittes
I had heard so much about Lewin's online physics courses, I jumped at the chance to read what he had to teach. Lewin's enthusiasm carries through from beginning to end, and readers of all backgrounds will pick up something new.

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-
Vijay Ramdu
'FOR THE LOVE OF PHYSICS' From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time by Walter Lewin: The best book I have ever read! A Marvelous journey with Lewin! The next time I see a rainbow, a string of a violin, a star in the sky my eyes will be as never before to the amazing beauty and with physics is now there for me to reveal the secret behind every single thing! I'm overwhelmed! His love with the nature, art and PHYSICS! is Infectious! Knowing that this disease is going to haunt me down for the ...more
Jorge Figueroa
Esto se siente como trampa, este fue el primer libro que compré para mi primer kindle, y no lo termine, mudanzas, viajes, más y más libros, hasta que en Enero me hice de la versión en audio, mientras cancelaba el Audible (esas suscripciones nos van a secar)

Lamentablemente, si no tienes un Kindle Fire, no puedes probar el Immersion Reading así que comencé a escucharlo en un viaje largo por carretera.

Aunque lo termine ya de vuelta en la vida Godínez.

Aún voy a iniciar de nuevo el libro en el kindle
Two ways to consume this material:
#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
AweSome !!!!!!!!!!!!
You see the world in a different way after reading this book .....
Marginal if you've studied physics in the past
There were moments in this book where Walter Lewin's almost childlike enthusiasm jumped out of the pages, and that really is what was so good about it. The last chapter was definitely my favorite, it combined his love for physics and art, you don't see passion like that a lot.

For people highly interested in physics (with equations and all) this might not be very fulfilling( it was almost primitive so to speak). But eventually I found this to be a great reminder, away from all the rigor and mathe
Dayanand Prabhu
This book is an example that illustrates that being a subject matter expert and being a good teacher are two different things. This applies to almost every field I can think of and would help improve our now crumbling education model. Getting to the content of the book, Walter Lewin is not only a great teach but luckily also a subject expert, which makes this book a very fun read. Between a very interesting physics narrative Lewin has sprinkled a lot of stories which include many personal anecdo ...more
Lenny Ankireddi
The book is written as an autobiography and as a Physics textbook at the same time. For someone that has been a student of Physics for a long time but does not work in a field directly applying Physics or Mathematics, the book really got my attention in a couple of ways - 1. It was a refresher on everything I had learnt in school and approached in the same order, starting with the simpler concepts of measurement and units and moving progressively on to linear motion, Newtonian mechanics, complex ...more
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time, A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin

"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
07-17-2011: I finished my way through this book. I liked it and the fact that it got me interested in the videos. I will go ahead and take the complete course at

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
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Walter H. G. Lewin, Ph.D. is a Dutch astrophysicist and professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born in the Hague Netherlands, professor Lewin achieved his PhD in nuclear physics in 1965 at the Delft University of Technology and came to MIT in 1966.
Lewin's major contributions in astrophysics include the discovery of the first slowly rotating neutron star through
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Es funktioniert!: Vom Vergnügen, endlich Physik zu verstehen (German Edition) Compact Stellar X-Ray Sources Papers for the Times [Ed. by W. Lewin]. Nathaniel Hawthorne The lover

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“What counts, I found, is not what you cover, but what you uncover. Covering subjects in a class can be a boring exercise, and students feel it. Uncovering the laws of physics and making them see through the equations, on the other hand, demonstrates the process of discovery, with all its newness and excitement, and students love being part of it.” 1 likes
“My purpose in the classroom, and the main reason I’ve written this book, is to translate the truly astounding, groundbreaking, sometimes even revolutionary discoveries of my fellow physicists into concepts and language intelligent, curious laypeople can really get hold of—to make a bridge between the world of professional scientists and your world. Too many of us seem to prefer talking only to our peers and make it awfully difficult for most people—even those who really want to understand science—to enter our world.” 1 likes
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