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For the Love of Physics Audiobook

For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

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Publisher's Summary

"You have changed my life" is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. "I walk with a new spring in my step and I look at life through physics-colored eyes," wrote one such fan. When Lewin's lectures were made available online, he became an instant YouTube celebrity, and the New York Times declared, "Walter Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube's greatest hits."

For more than 30 years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin honed his singular craft of making physics not only accessible but truly fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball, supercharging himself with 300,000 volts of electricity, or demonstrating why the sky is blue and why clouds are white.

Now, as Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, and would it be possible to put our hand out and touch one? Whether introducing why the air smells so fresh after a lightning storm, why we briefly lose (and gain) weight when we ride in an elevator, or what the Big Bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin never ceases to surprise and delight with the extraordinary ability of physics to answer even the most elusive questions.

©2011 Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"As joyful as Richard Feynman's Lectures in Physics (but without the math), this text (written with the aid of University of Hartford historian Goldstein) glows with energy and should please a wide range of readers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Donna Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 01-17-13
    Donna Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2004
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    "From the Brain of a Language Major"
    What made the experience of listening to For the Love of Physics the most enjoyable?

    I admit that I know almost nothing about physics, and I downloaded this book on a crazy whim, but then I loved it! The narrator interpreted the authors' words in a friendly and conversational way. And the authors gave me a brand new view of the world, just as promised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For the Love of Physics?

    The discussion of black holes (which apparently everyone loves) was completely enlightening.


    Which character – as performed by Kent Cassella – was your favorite?

    Walter Lewin, the professor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was astonished that I liked it so much.


    Any additional comments?

    As a language major, I usually stay away from anything science-related, but I am really glad that I took a chance on this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce 03-13-17
    Bryce 03-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Walter Lewin is very entertaining"

    It is obvious that Walter Lewin is in love with physics. His childlike sense of wonder spills out in his writing about everything from light to momentum. I found myself physically smiling on several occasions while listening to this book and commend Lewin for making tough subjects interesting and applicable. If you love physics this book will re-affirm your affections and if you are simply curious then prepare to be drawn in like a tractor beam.......and maybe even learn how that could be possible!!

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    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 08-16-16
    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 08-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, but deep"

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but must admit there was much I didn't understand as he goes pretty deep into space. Great nuggets throughout though.

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    Anders Lisdorf 08-15-16
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    "Probably a good book if you attended his classes"
    Would you try another book from Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein and/or Kent Cassella?

    I have a feeling that the author really is an excellent teacher and that his classes are awesome even on youtube. He seems to be an engaging and charismatic individual. It's only that I did not buy this book because of that. I wanted to learn something about physics. But all the personal details about his jewish roots and personal history, touching as it is, comes of a slightly disturbing. I think for most people this is a plus and gives the content a human face. But it just doesn't work for me.

    As for the physics, maybe I am way above average (although I suspect not), but most of it was trivial to me. I don't have any physics education except some in high school. Still I did learn some. Anyway, this is not a point of criticism, just an observation that if you do know a bit of physics it may be too basic.


    Has For the Love of Physics turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes, I will be more attentive to the content of the books before I purchase another


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    for my personal taste, I think he should turn down his personal history. I failed to see how this was directly relevant to the matter at hand


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from For the Love of Physics?

    the part about growing up and escaping Nazi Germany. I did not understand the relevance. If I wanted to read about that I believe I could find a more suitable exposition. That said, I am also a big fan of authors using their own life history. Just because it didn't work for me it may for others.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book and many will probably enjoy it, but it just didn't fit the expectations I had based on the description.

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    Amazon Customer Grenada, West Indies Grenada 06-25-16
    Amazon Customer Grenada, West Indies Grenada 06-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good relatively broad intro"

    Too much astrophysics. Wish I had known table of contents prior to purchasing the book.

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    Kacey 02-18-16
    Kacey 02-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "part of the establishment? "

    I'm not a physicist or an expert, so correct me if I'm wrong.
    I'm surprised and confused, why this author didn't include a drop of info about Nikola Tesla, even in the section that discusses electromagnetic fields, d.c. motors, and such. It makes me wonder if he was ignorant about Tesla's contribution, or if he's just part of the J.P. Morgan empire.
    He even says there is no "energy free-lunch". As far as I understand, Tesla was working on exactly that issue... providing "free electricity" to the world. J.P. Morgan wouldn't fund the project because he didn't want the world to have free electricity.

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    Amazon user 09-15-15
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    "Just what we were hoping"

    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.

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    vandy Yorktown, N.Y. USA 02-07-15
    vandy Yorktown, N.Y. USA 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Eyeopener!"

    A pure delight for the layman who wants to know how the engine of the universe works. A must read.

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    Scott 06-03-14
    Scott 06-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting-but too many science formulas"
    Any additional comments?

    He could leave out all the science formulas and equations and just explain what happens. The equations bog the story down.

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    Joanne Lagendyk Ottawa, Ontario 05-02-14
    Joanne Lagendyk Ottawa, Ontario 05-02-14
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    "Mind-numbing boredom"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have listened to Brian Green on String Theory and Multiverses and I sat through Gary Taubes on carbohydrate metabolism, so it is not that I don't like non-fiction. But, although the narrator does his best, this is the most screamingly boring book that I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. The author seems to be a nice guy, his personal anecdotes are entertaining enough, but he is either over-simplifying to an egregious extent or spouting equations. There seems to be nothing between these two extremes. This is the first time I have ever exclaimed out loud "I can't take it anymore!" as I switched chapters. I finally gave up halfway through. I couldn't finish it, even for the love of physics!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein again?

    Not unless I was tied to a chair and the earphones placed over my unwilling ears.


    What does Kent Cassella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Regret that I am blaming him for something that is not his fault.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Violent spasms of ennui.


    Any additional comments?

    Never again!

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  • Mike54
    11/25/11
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    "Too many numbers"

    It's one of thse rare occasions were an audio book lets you down, owing to the scientific nature of this book there are many refrences to numbers. When reading a text one just " takes in" a number but when they are constantly read to you it becomes a little tiresome. Overall quite good but not a Feynmen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • C4NH4M
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    "spectacular!"

    this book gave me a great deal of understanding the ways in which physics governso our reality

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Great - Does exactly what it says on the tin."

    I even managed to get my wife and kids to listen to this - very entertaining and enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "Walter Lewin (8.01)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend thisaudiobook title to anybody interested in physics and has a passion towards learning.


    What other book might you compare For the Love of Physics to, and why?

    This is my first download so I cannot comment yet.


    What about Kent Cassella’s performance did you like?

    He handled the whole audiobook very well and managed to show appreciation to what he was reading.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not to sure how to answer that at the moment. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this audiobook. I hope to be informed in the future if there will be any more physics audiobooks, especially if it has to do with Walter Lewin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chanty
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Physics all the way"

    To be honest I'm not really good with Physics but I was always interested in learning something new or gaining an understanding of how things work.



    If you listen to this audio book, it will do exactly do that. It explains "things" in a way even I can understand them. It;s funny and entertaining and I do love the experiments that you can try at home !



    Who should listen to this book ?

    Well just about everybody - for instance I asked my other half, who studied astro physics to listen to some of it, and he enjoyed it just as much as me.

    You can have your children listen to it, since there is so much to discover and maybe even have a parent child competition to try out one of the experiments.



    Should you still want more then you could even watch some of it on YouTube where I found

    some of the experiments demonstrated.



    Go listen and learn - that's my advice !



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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