For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
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
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from his book:
"I learned that art is not only, or even mostly, about beauty; it is about discovery, and this is where art and physics come together for me."
"When I began lecturing at MIT in the 1970s, it was part of my personality t ...more
The second half of the books discusses his own career in research using x-r ...more
world to look through the equations which many teachers and professors failed to do (If they at least knew it could be done, like my Physics teachers), and Proff.Lewin had made them a bunch of criminals (for teaching bad). It has a great and astonishing explanation from ...more
To those who have forgotten their physics lessons, this will be a great recaller. It brings back all the pleasures that got lost in all the years after the college days.
To those who still view the world and the life there in, in a way learned to look in their old physics classes, though not living by physics, this book will help clear any fog they collected on the way ...more
Lewin believes that Newton is the greatest physicist of all time (Einstein is next) because “his discoveries were so fundamental and so diverse.”
Though the universe’s age is estimated to be “about” 13.7 billion years old, Lewin writes that “the edge of the observable universe is about 47 billion light-years away from us in every direction.” This is because space has “expanded enormously since the big bang,” noting Hubble’s law (“the velocity at which galaxies m ...more
But after embarking on the journey, most of them lose sight of their goal. They're so busy conversing in the language of the universe that they forget about their own language. They forget to look around and see what the universe is t ...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
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
In this book, Lewin brought key ideas from his lecture series to the reader. After relating basic concepts of physics, Lewin detaile ...more
Lewin's major contributions in astrophysics include the discovery of the first slowly rotating neutron star through ...more