This book explains - in simple terms and with almost no mathematics - 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.
1st ed. 2016
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have mixed feelings on this book. I was looking for something a little deeper than like a Stephen Hawking book that's written for the masses and has no math in it. But also looking for something easier than a college physics text book. I wanted to read and enjoy the narrative as well as understand the math, versus grinding through equations with a calculator.
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...
Never formally studied Physics (I'm 81), but am fascinated in the impact of physics on our daily life. Had a ball discussing the book with my two grandsons who are both at University, studied Physics in secondary school and were as excited as I to examine the clear explanations. Their enthusiasm in offering further information using the text as gujide was a joy. Grateful grandma.
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