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Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein
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Dec 28, 2010

really liked it

A very good conceptual overview of elementary physics with many clear explanations of why, for example, a fluorescent light bulb is more efficient than an incandescent one (the same reason striking a bell produces a clear note, but striking a box packed with bells doesn't). My wife's son wanted some book about "mechanics", and I thought this is as good as anything. Like Paul Hewitt, the author of a much more expensive book on conceptual physics, Lew Epstein teaches at the City College of San Francisco; in the afterword he rants about politicians who waste taxpayers' money, tells who is and who is not a good Jew, and reproduces his letters to Mickey Kantor (whose name he misspells) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi about South Koreans pirating his book.

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