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Lewis Carroll Epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. Thinking Physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. The book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. Epstein elu...

Lewis Carroll Epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. Thinking Physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. The book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. Epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood — such as how tides work — along with more obscure but fascinating phenomena like the “Bernoulli sub” and the “artificial aurora” created by hydrogen bombs. Broken into many short sections and peppered with Epstein’s own playful hand-drawn illustrations, the book does not simply give the right answer: It also goes into the answers that seem right but are wrong and shows why they are wrong — a rarity in science books. Thinking Physics is a rigorously correct, lighthearted, and cleverly designed Q and A book for physicists of all ages.

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Number of Pages: 582

ISBN: 0935218084

ISBN-13: 9780935218084


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There’s another great book that’s called Thinking Physics. I open this one all the time and I love on the back cover it has this great little pitch. It says, “The only book that’s used in both grade school and graduate school.” It’s true. It’s all simple, physics puzzles that can...

There’s another great book that’s called Thinking Physics. I open this one all the time and I love on the back cover it has this great little pitch. It says, “The only book that’s used in both grade school and graduate school.” It’s true. It’s all simple, physics puzzles that can
be explained to a 12-year-old child, that they can puzzle over, and can be explained to a 25-year-old grad student in physics. They all kind of have fundamental insights in Physics. They’re all kind of tricky, but anyone can get to the answer through purely logical reasoning.

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