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The Physics of War: From Arrows to Atoms

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This fascinating blend of popular science and military history examines the science of war, demonstrating the close connection between the discovery of basic physical principles and the development of weaponry over the ages.

Physics has played a critical role in warfare since the earliest times. Barry Parker highlights famous battles of the past as well as renowned scientis...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Peter Mcloughlin
The laws of physics rule are world. We as people are products of basic laws of physics at a high level of complexity. Warfare is also governed by physics and knowledge of physics has been applied for both offensive purposes arrows, guns, Atomic bombs etc. It has also be used defensively as well such as metallurgy for shields, building techniques for fortifications, and during WWII for Radar. Many of the famous people in physics were tied to warfare. This book combines the history of warfare and...more
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The Physics of War: From Arrows to Atoms by Barry Parker

"The Physics of War" is a fun and easy-to-read book that shows the close connection between physics and the development of weaponry over time. Professor emeritus at Idaho State University and author, Barry Parker provides the public with an accessible book that highlights famous battles and the most significant science behind them. This accessible 322-page book includes the following eighteen chapters: 1. Introduction, 2. Early Wars and the...more
Chris Bauer
I listened to interview on NPR with the author and was convinced to buy this book. The topics of the evolution of warfare from stones to the atom bomb were all covered, along with the physics behind them. But I found the work to be exceptionally dry, repetitive and pretty boring.

The author mixes up historical accounts of warfare along the way, which were interesting at first, but at a point a little more than halfway through the book, I felt like I was re-reading prior chapters. The style is ver...more
G. Branden
While I like the premise of this book--use the technology of warfare to explain basic concepts in physics that some people dismiss as "boring" or "abstract"--the execution left me a bit disappointed.

First of all, it needed more editing--typos were frequent. Secondly, I didn't care for the author's diction when he recounted the histories of wars--the sentences got very short and choppy, like a children's storybook. And yet the audience is expected to be fairly sophisticated in other respects. It...more
Jim Wilson
Really interesting information. Writing style is off-putting. Short choppy sentences. Need a good proofreader besides spellcheck. Gives the impression that it is a series of lectures strung together. Glad I read it.
Michael Webb
Competent. But written more for an ambitious 10th grader than an adult. If you know nothing about the topic, you'll probably enjoy this.
Brian
somehow, someway.... this was still quite boring
Budd Margolis
This is in no way a well written book but it is very interesting and, as far as I can tell, accurate!
Andre
An interesting if uneven read. The physics explanations are very good and the anecdotal information about physics and war is interesting but the periods covered offer different level of treatment and the overall feeling I got out of it was of a book done to publish instead of a more comprehensive work.
Edward
Enjoyable book - in places it was heavier on history, then heavier on science. The chapter about nuclear weapons was really interesting, but a lot of the information was covered more deeply in "Atomic Accidents".
Pradheep
high school physics.
Definitely not for engineers
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