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Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
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Mar 30, 2009

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bookshelves: physics, current-events, non-fiction
Recommended for: Future Presidents, Global Warming Geeks, Anyone with an interest in science, politics or both
Read in March, 2009

What didn't I learn from this book!?

I'd go ahead and list everything that I did but to do so would be to simply paraphrase the wonderfully concise and informative Executive Summaries a the end of each chapter!

What a fantastic idea of Muller's that a future President must be aware of a number of basic, scientific principles that he can then use to help shape and guide his agenda. While he (admitedly so) gets a little personal with regards to the use of nuclear power in the States, for the most part, Muller stays politically neutral as he presents 'the facts' about the physics behind the most pressing problems that a future president is likely to face.

From terrorirsm to nukes, global warming to space, all scientifically relevant topics are covered. To top it off, Muller declares that the majority of equations and formulas used to arrive at the conclusions he makes are rather irrelevant for a future president (as that is why he hires staffers). Thus, the majority of the book presents the conceptual, theoretical and demonstrable physics behind the these pressing political, and of course, scientific, issues.

A fun read for anyone with an interest in science, politics or simply current events as the conclusions drawn by Muller are likely those that will guide public policy in the very near future. As for future presidents, well, it's obviously a must read! If only a specialist in every field could do this. Imagine where we'd be right now if someone had written Economics for Future Presidents. . .think about it!
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