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Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
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Apr 30, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, science, physics, important
Recommended to Rob by: io9
Read from May 12 to 27, 2010

Almost five-stars. For someone like me (i.e., a layperson that has no background in physics whatsoever), this is a great introduction to the mysterious world of physics—it is humorous and accessible and makes an effort to be "approximately accurate" about everything (while calling itself out on things that are simplified for the sake of the example or else "unknown or unknowable"). However, to be "approximately accurate about everything" means a bunch of math and other fancy-pants equations that look like this:

|ĥ₁ + ĥ₂|² = |ĥ₁|² + |ĥ₂|² + 2|ĥ₁||ĥ₂| cos δ

...which despite my best efforts remain cloaked in physics' mysterious shroud.

"Easy Pieces", these are not.

However, Feynman explains the subject matter well—and certainly better than most other folks that have tried to write this sort of thing.

I'm adding him to my short list of heroes.
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