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Physics: The Ultimate Adventure Hardcover – 13 May 2016
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The Whats and Wherefores of Physics.- Dramatis Personae (The Actors).- Is Physics an Exact Science?.- Newton and Beyond.- Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics.- Electromagnetism and Cracks in the Edifice of Classical Physics.- Relativity.- Quantum Mechanics.- Atomic and Nuclear Physics.- Fields and Particles.- Cosmology.- Complexity.- Conclusions and Philosophical Implications.
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This book explains - in simple terms and with almost no math - the physics behind recent and glamorous discoveries in Cosmology, Quantum Mechanics, Elementary Particles (e.g. Higgs bosons) and Complexity Theory. En route it delves into the historical landmarks and revolutions that brought about our current understanding of the universe.
The book is written mainly for those with little scientific background, both college students and lay readers alike, who are curious about the world of modern physics. Unsolved problems are highlighted and the philosophical implications of the sometimes astounding modern discoveries are discussed. Along the way the reader gains an insight into the mindset and methodology of a physicist.
- Publisher : Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (13 May 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3319316907
- ISBN-13 : 978-3319316901
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 1.42 x 23.39 cm
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But here's the trouble...once you start introducing the math, it gets complicated because the math IS complicated. This book covers a great number of physics topics and in many cases includes the core equations. That's what I wanted! Since its not meant to be a text book, though, the authors avoided describing the math in detail. With too many giant leaps in the explanation of the math, its just impossible to really appreciate how the math was derived.
The narrative sways back and forth from common, readable language that most readers can understand to very dense, technical reading with five syllable words I've never even heard of. I have an engineering degree, masters degree and read a lot of technical material and found myself struggling to follow along in parts that I felt could have been greatly simplified. The authors are probably too advanced to translate in simple enough terms.
So its definitely not a 5 star book. I would probably want to give it a 3 because i'm a little frustrated. But I feel like the authors genuinely want to share their passion for physics and certainly took a lot of time to assemble the book. So i'm going to give it a 4.
If I had to share advice if this book gets revised, consider fewer topics and spend more time on each. AND have a "normal" person translate the book into more digestable language for the common reader.