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- [-] Other Available FormatsOur PriceNew & Used MarketplaceFor the Love of Physics (Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged)
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc$35.99
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-03-14
- Reviewer: Staff
MIT's Lewin is deservedly popular for his memorable physics lectures (both live and on MIT's Open Course Web site and YouTube), and this quick-paced autobiography–cum-physics intro fully captures his candor and lively teaching style. Born in 1936, the son of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, Lewin survived WWII in the Netherlands, fell madly in love with physics and astronomy, and discovered his passion for teaching while working his way through graduate school. Like his lectures, the book stresses his hands-on approach, reinforcing that "physics is fundamentally an experimental science," with every discovery rooted in "measurements and their uncertainties." Salad spinners enhance a discussion of Newton's laws. Playing with straws vividly demonstrates air pressure, and a review of cutting edge x-ray astronomy (in which he has made important discoveries) covers neutron stars, black holes, and mysterious "x-ray bursters." 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. (May)