A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
A very useful book. I do not pretend to understand all these science books I keep reading (!), but I am getting more and more inside my head. Lewin is very good at making things interesting, particularly when he draws upon our real life experiences as examples. So why 3 stars? I am not anti- Semitic...nor anti American... nor anti anything like that but please...please Mr. Lewin...why the heck should I Iisten to long monologues on your father and the holocaust? There are books on that subject, I have read several, and their authors did not digress into physics. They left you to do that...rather well. In other words, hijacking my interest to provide a soapbox for your inner, irrelevant thoughts is offensive to me.
Listened to this with my son in grade 11. Cool way to share our interest in science with good balance between anecdotes and higher level info, but gets a little heady to listen to all the tech/formulas at the end. We like a challenge though so really fun good listen overall.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
The book cover of “For the Love of Physics” summarizes its endearing intent. Walter Lewin bridges the chasm between the lay public and Physics by simplifying and vivifying fundamental laws of a confusing science. With erudition and demonstration Lewin reflects joy in physics. Lewin is a teacher and astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lewin considers Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein to be the greatest scientists in history because of their prescient ability to produce theories that unify laws of nature. Though quantum mechanics was never accepted by Einstein and not discovered until Newton and James Clerk Maxwell were gone, these three scientists viewed the world with blunt measurement tools and, through force of imagination, succeeded in creating theories that have been confirmed by future physicists within the probability environment of quantum mechanics.
Science continues to advance with refinement of particle physics cyclotrons like the Large Hadron Collider that are exploding protons into constituent elements, and refined tools that measure smaller and smaller elemental particles that define bigger and bigger natural laws.
Lewin and Goldstein’s book excites the imagination and encourages the future of science.
A fabulous and instructive listen. Yes the narration was a little fast and the subject matter a little meandering, but the over all narrative of such rich and complex subject matter necessitated an approach that didn't bog down and remained interesting and illuminating. Not a book to listen to when doing other things. I was ill when listening to it and so was able to give it my full attention for long periods which helped me appreciate the brilliance of what was being conveyed. There are certainly many parts I will revisit as one listen is probably insufficient for an English and History major!
Life is wonderful ! Lots of great books to listen yeah !
"Einstein and the Quantum" and "Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum"
Write strictly on physics
Wrong choice, move on . . .
Author is a good lecturer/ teacher. He bring fun into the classroom - better to be one of his students, maybe not his reader.
I loved how Walter Lewin told his story and taught physics side by side. It was very engaging.
Walter Lewin himself!
His story during WW2
Amazing book, everyone should have the opportunity to read/listen to it.
Not really. There are better books out there that don't meander about random topics in physics and autobiographical details.
Write about physics, or write about your life, but don't randomly cover both. I don't really care about why you had to pay two guilders for coffee in 1960 or whatever.
The leprechaun at the end of the rainbow... It doesn't exist!
First part teaching basic physics and than ... wow ... jump into x-ray astronomy. I do not understand the concept of this book.
Aboslutely not. I do not believe it has many fans.
He could leave out all the science formulas and equations and just explain what happens. The equations bog the story down.