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21. Physics: Why Matter Matters!
22. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
23. Physics for Scientists and Engineers:
24. Homework Helpers: Physics (Homework
25. Physics: Principles with Applications
26. The Trouble With Physics: The
27. Quantum Physics: A Beginner's
28. Barron's AP Physics B with CD-ROM
29. Thinking Physics: Understandable
30. How to Solve Physics Problems
31. Holt Physics
32. The Feynman Lectures on Physics
33. Student Solutions Manual for Fundamentals
34. Physics: Principles with Applications
35. The Feynman Lectures on Physics
36. The Physics of Baseball (3rd Edition)
37. Physics
38. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
39. College Physics (7th Edition)
40. Physics II For Dummies (For Dummies

21. Physics: Why Matter Matters!
by Dan Green, Simon Basher
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-04-29)
list price: US$8.99 -- used & new: US$3.83
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Asin: 0753462141
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Imagine physics as a community full of wacky characters--the building blocks of the universe each with a unique personality. This book throws open the doors and welcomes you into their amazing world. From gravity to the theory of relativity, this unique book provides visual interpretations of complex concepts, designed to make learning physics easier and a whole lot more fun!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great concept in a page
If you are looking for cartoons and a physics concept to be explained in a paragraph-this is the book for you.I use this in my junior high class.They love it when I read them a page ... and they have to tell me what it is.Fun and cute all in one.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excelent Introduction to Physics
Physics is oftentimes considered the hardest of the hard sciences, and to many people it is one of the most difficult subjects to master. It is also my own chosen profession, and something that I am very passionate about. I find it to be an enormously fascinating subject, and I always appreciate new ways of sharing my knowledge of the subject with my students, friends and acquaintances. In my professional life of a college professor I find it continuously challenging to present the most important Physics concepts in such a way that is both accessible to the intended audience and it does justice to the field. Unfortunately even in the higher education there has been an increasing pressure to dilute various subjects in order to make them more "relevant" to the modern students. These attempts, however well-intended they may be, have the consequence of creating more and more generations of scientifically illiterate citizens. Fortunately, this small book does not subscribe to this misguided approach to science. The concepts and ideas are as part of the traditional Physics curriculum as they come. They are introduced in a playful, amusing way, and yet each short description is completely accurate and relevant. There are a few facts and numbers that help with describing each one of the concepts, but they are only given in sidebars and don't constitute the bulk of the material. In my opinion this is a pedagogically well founded way of presenting these concepts to someone for the first time. The illustrations in the book are extremely well done and serve the purpose of personifying various physical concepts and quantities. This may be particularly appealing to the young readers. I would also recommend this book even to the older audience that perhaps has not heard of some of these concepts, or has not really thought about Physics in many years. Overall this is an excellent low-level introduction to Physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for daughter
got for my nine year old and she's read it twice in the first two weeks. really a great setup for children to get interested in complex things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done!!
I'm a physicist and father of a VERY curious 10 year-old boy. I decided to introduce him to some concepts in physics and found this book on Amazon. I bought it, but had little hope it was going to anything but a physics book with pictures for kids. And how wrong I was!! The text is cool, funny, and attractive, and at the same time it touches the concepts with fine precision. Clearly, the authors put a lot of thought when writing the book (and I DO respect a scientist putting his time to write a physics book for kids!). In short, it's a great book for young kids. Congratulations!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Kids Say "Mom, can you read the physics book to us tonight?"
Amazing. Fantastic.My 6 and 8 year old love this book.I bought it because my sister (their aunt) has a Ph.D in physics and I wanted a kids book that explained some of the concept of what she does.What surprised me is the elegance and creativity of the illustrations and the writing.It is not something you see often in kids books. I found the words stayed with me and the kids.The kids would refer to the "friends" and could tell me about the different concepts days later.Definitely get it if you have kids curious about the world and you want to give them broad awareness of how the universe works. ... Read more

22. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
by Marisha Pessl
Paperback: 528 Pages (2007-04-24)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$6.01
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Asin: 0143112120
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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"Dazzling," (People) "Exuberant," (Vogue) "marvelously entertaining," (The Dallas Morning News) Marisha Pessl’s mesmerizing debut has critics raving and heralds the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of this "cracking good read"4 is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway school, she finds some—a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel—with "visual aids" drawn by the author—that has won over readers of all ages. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the crowd
This is a most impressive work, full of intelligent writing, unique metaphors and imagery, masterful plot development and pacing and deep insights into the human mind. It is not, however, an instant gratification run-of-the-mill cheap thrills whodunnit. In the beer world, this is a microbrewed large bottle of stout or porter, deep and rich, rather than a cheap thin canned lager suitable for guzzling. Impatient surface dwelling readers may be put off by this book, which is carefully crafted and requires a level of patience, sophistication and appreciation beyond the average. If you can read slowly and appreciatively, you may well be dazzled by this masterpiece, the conclusion of which left me feeling stunned, lightheaded and just a tad tipsy, like the effects of a good porter, and incredibly impressed and awestruck by the powers of the author.

In short, the story is incredible and the telling of it masterful; I was mesmerized. A few times I had to force myself to read more slowly rather than skimming to the end for the climax, but it was definitely worth putting the brakes on. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but then I wouldn't recommend a good stout to everyone either.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Textbook Mystery that is oh so Good
This book, a mystery which is organized like a college textbook, is filled with secrets, great character studies, humor, and smooth and delightful prose.

High school student Blue van Meer is far from ordinary, influenced as she is by an eccentric father, a professor with an IQ in the stars, who moves from town to town and college to college dragging his daughter behind him.

This year, Blue finds herself at yet another school where she must make another attempt to fit in with her peer group instead of always being the outsider. She finds a strange, high-brow crowd to hang out with, though one wonders whether these folks are too weird to ever be true friends. No matter, somebody is killed and everyone suspects everyone else, and this puts friendship on the back burner.

The police can't solve the crime, so Blue uses her genius to discover that everyone else is missing. What a great mystery, who-done-it story this is, even with the footnotes and the final exam type ending.

2-0 out of 5 stars A calamity of disjointed cleverness
The story is about Blue Van Meer, an exceptionally bright high school/college age girl who has led an itinerant life with her father, a college professor/ lecturer after her mother's death in a solo automobile accident. They unexpectedly settle down so she can attend a private school for her senior year. The clever chapter titles gave me hope that this would be an intellectuallyentertaining book. I wanted to like Blue and this book, but found both to be frustrating on many levels.The book's style borders on pretentious and tries much too hard to be clever. It is overloaded with metaphors, and while I appreciate a clever phrase, it got to be ridiculous after a while. As for Blue, I think she should have followed her initial instincts and stayed away from "the Bluebloods", whom I found to be generally unpleasant and cruel.The book veered away from high school angst with the death and apparent suicide of the film teacher and mentor of the Bluebloods and into an investigative mystery, ending with a storyline evocative of Nabokov's Pale Fire. In the end, I felt sorry for Blue and sorry that I spent the time to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Literature (see Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier, 1938)
This is a terrific suspense novel with the type of writing that, at the conclusion, makes the reader dive right back into chapter one to reread the book in its entirety.This is a book best enjoyed by the voracious reader who has consumed many of the books used as references by the narrator.The references, ballyhooed by some readers, add a depth of sarcasm and delicious humor to the book that is missed by those who only read a book or two a year.The style is unusual and difficult to describe. Below is a sample:

"Always live your life with your biography in mind."

"Dad's Theory of Arrogance--that everyone always assumes they're the Principal Character of Desire and/or Loathing in everybody else's Broadway Play."

"Happiness is a hound dog in the sun. We aren't on Earth to be happy, but to experience incredible things."

" The most incredible thing about goldfish, however, is their memory. Everyone pities them for only remembering their last three seconds, but in fact, to be so forcibly tied to the present - it's a gift. They are free. No moping over missteps, slip-ups, faux pas or disturbing childhoods. No inner demons. Their closets are light filled and skeleton free. And what could be more exhilarating than seeing the world for the very first time, in all of its beauty, almost thirty thousand times a day? How glorious to know that your Golden Age wasn't forty years ago when you still had all you hair, but only three seconds ago, and thus, very possibly it's still going on, this very moment."

"Dad once noted (somewhat morbidly, I thought at the time) that American institutions would be infinitely more successful in facilitating the pursuit of knowledge if they held classes at night, rather than in the daytime, from 8:00 PM to 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning. As I ran through the darkness, I understood what he meant. Frank red brick, sunny classrooms, symmetrical quads and courts--it was a setting that mislead kids to believe that Knowledge, that Life itself, was bright, clear, and freshly mowed. Dad said a student would be infinitely better off going out into the world if he/she studied the periodic table of elements, Madame Bovary (Flaubert, 1857), the sexual reproduction of a sunflower for example, with deformed shadows congregating on the classroom walls, the silhouettes of fingers and pencils leaking onto the floor, gastric howls from unseen radiators, and a teacher's face not flat and faded, not delicately pasteled by a golden late afternoon, but serpentine, gargoyled, Cyclopsed by the inky dark and feeble light from a candle."
Of course, the fun of this passage is understanding the story of Madame Bovary and being able to imagine a teacher's face as being Cyclopsed and seen by candlelight.
My favorite way to enjoy this book is by the book on CD version.It is quite long, 16 CD's, engrossing, and very well performed. And you will never guess the ending.

2-0 out of 5 stars Much ado about nothing
I read on expecting the central character to grow more human and interesting in the wake of her experience but that never happened. That all the other characters in the book are equally unlikeable and seem more like literary constructions than real people did not help. And there there was the additional fact that as a political scientist I found her construction of Gareth's career completely unconvincing. Parody needs to be grounded in an understanding of the reality is is sending up, but Lessl just seems to throw old New York Times headlines into a mashup machine. If her grasp of something I know about was this weak, it gave me less confidence in her riffs on physics, literature, psychology, and other fields she sought to parody. The comparisions with Nabokov's Pnin, made by some reviewers, do not flatter the author as they intend but reveal instead how far short of her Nabokovian aspirations this novel falls. It's not just about word play, afterall. Humbert and Pnin in their very different ways touch us. That's what makes them great novels. It's what makes Flannery O'Connors comic works so powerful. But for now, this book is just name dropping. ... Read more

23. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach, Vol 5 (Chs 37-43) with MasteringPhysics (2nd Edition) (v. 5, Chapters 37-43)
by Randall D. Knight
 Paperback: 80 Pages (2007-11-24)
list price: US$76.47 -- used & new: US$71.98
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Asin: 0321516664
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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These solutions manuals contain detailed solutions to more than half of the odd-numbered end-of-chapter problems from the textbook. Following the problem-solving strategy presented in the text, thorough solutions are provided to carefully illustrate both the qualitative and quantitative steps in the problem-solving process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Seller sent a used book in good condition, and at less than half the price the university bookstore wanted. Very pleased :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Engaging
I have a hard time understanding some text books, but this one is easier than most (although it is still hard to understand sometimes).I like that it comes in a 5 volume set, much easier to tote around one of the 5 books to class than it would be otherwise.The homework problems are practical and creative (like superman racing a falling watermelon).There are some good end-of-chapter summaries if you are looking for a formula or quick review.Definitely one I'll keep on my shelves long after the class is over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expectations exceeded
I bought this book in very good condition and its actual condition is more similar to like new, I am very pleased with this purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics textbook
It's in a good condition, but it wasn't sent with CD and workbook. I'm satisfied over all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Physics Book
Since I am in my second Quarter of physics, this book was necessary for the class. Also I have already studied from the first volume and so far this book series is great. ... Read more

24. Homework Helpers: Physics (Homework Helpers (Career Press))
by Greg Curran
Paperback: 351 Pages (2005-01)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$9.22
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Asin: 1564147681
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Homework Helpers: Physics is the latest book in the popular series that has been designed to help students master the material and tackle the tests. It will help any student unravel the formulas that describe the world around him or her. Each lesson is written in clear, easy-to-understand language, and supported with review questions. Answers and detailed explanations are found at the end of each chapter.Homework Helpers: Physics covers all of the topics included in a typical one-year physics curriculum, including:* Straight-line kinematics, free-fall, and projectile motion.* Forces, friction, and motion on an incline.* Electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism.* Waves, light, and optics.* Nuclear reactions.The Homework Helpers Series is just what students need to boost their confidence and give them the help they need to succeed in even the most challenging classes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Homework Helper-Physics
The book arrived within a week and is helping me greatly prepare for the CSET science exam. Another excellent resourse is the Homework Helper-Chemistry. I recommend either of these books for anyone taking physics or chemistry at the high school, college level or someone like me preparing for a test. The Homework Helper assists me when I don't quite get the concept from the text book. Great resource. There are some questions that are given to help one understand and then the answers are just a few pages away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Physics Resource
Have used to help communicate messages and problems to kids in school.Well outlined and has data needed.Added with other sources, provides kids with solid understanding of physics applications.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book
This book is a very book for beginners or for reviewing if you forgot physics. It explains very good. I really recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I personally liked this book, and will use in the future with my children. But when I bought it I did not realize it was high school physics and we are not there yet. I would not recommend this for someone until they learn the math first. I would not recommend using this book to teach the math, it would be better for extra practice, or to break down and develop a better understanding of physics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics book review
This is a good review of the basics of physics.I'm also reading the Chemistry, Biology, and Calculus versions of this series.They all seem pretty good so far. ... Read more

25. Physics: Principles with Applications Volume II (Ch. 16-33) (6th Edition)
by Douglas C. Giancoli
Paperback: 592 Pages (2004-08-23)
list price: US$121.07 -- used & new: US$69.01
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Asin: 0130352578
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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For algebra-based introductory physics courses taken primarily by pre-med, agricultural, technology, and architectural students.This best-selling algebra-based physics text is known for its elegant writing, engaging biological applications, and exactness.Physics:Principles with Applications, 6e retains the careful exposition and precision of previous editions with many interesting new applications and carefully crafted new pedagogy.It was written to give students the basic concepts of physics in a manner that is accessible and clear.The goal is for students to view the world through eyes that know physics. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars This is not a gently used book
I ordered a book more expensive than originally intended, thinking it was gently used and would be in good condition.I am embarassed to used it in front of my students, as it looks like it has been through a war. The edges are worn, and the pages are discolored.I will be using it as a supplemental text only, but this usage is not what I intended.I intended to give it to a student who could not afford her own book.This is very disappointing!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fair price, good condition
This book costs 80+$ when new. 40$ for a used book in this condition is a fair price and an economical alternative for a student. Thanks!

3-0 out of 5 stars Confusing reading, good practice problems
I'm not completely sure whether my trouble reading this book is due to the book itself or my trouble with physics (one of my hardest subjects).All I know is that the descriptions seem quite confusing, so I can't always get a clear idea of what I'm reading about.The passage on Kirchhoff's rules is a perfect example.

On the other hand, the practice problems have been helping me understand the concepts better, partly because of my professor's way of teaching the course.Basically, he clarifies the confusing issues from the book and then assigns the problems to us.

Overall, though, if you want a really helpful physics textbook, you'd be better off buying another.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Physics text for the algebra literate
I have purchased this book to supplement tutoring of students who have this text for their class. It is packed with detail, although some of the detail is not tightly matched with the problems in the back of each chapter. Although the student is challenged to reach, cretively, from the example problems to those they must do, often the "creative reach" seems too far. A good companion for this text would be a teacher's edition with some of the student's problems worked through, not just the answers.

If the teacher's edition existed, I would have rated this text at least one star better.

1-0 out of 5 stars physics: principles wi/appp. vol II
the book was marked all over it. some had black marker crossed over entire lines. this book was listed as in "good condition" .big lie. ... Read more

26. The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Paperback: 416 Pages (2007-09-04)
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Asin: 061891868X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics -- the search for the laws of nature -- losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public’s imagination -- and the imagination of experts. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Yet these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding and creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. As Smolin points out, the situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics -- and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.
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5-0 out of 5 stars An important book
This book is an important contribution by Smolin that was desperately needed by the Physics community. Twelve years ago I moved away from research in Physics for many of the reasons that Smolin explains with detail in this book. It was difficult to pursue a career investigating what I think really matters in Theoretical Physics today - the very fundamentals of the world out there. I think today too many (perhaps most) of the researchers just pursue a career developing aspects that hardly add anything new or revolutionary to our understanding of the world. But that is the only way of pursue a successful career in Physics research.The alternative, therefore, is either to try to explore what really matters and sacrifice your career or pursue a career working in things that really will not add much to our understanding of world. This is a very sad situation and it is the main cause of the current crisis.

I believed that real progress in Physics will only come from people that are outside the main Physics community, people that are really able to think out of the box. I still think that way. Out there, somewhere there is going to be someone who will come up with the next great idea that will put an end to this crisis in Physics.

4-0 out of 5 stars A clear definition of what we should expect from theoretical physics
I have to admit that many of Dr. Smollin's discussions of string theory left me a little daunted; however, his almost fierce adherence to the key issue of theoretical physics was impressive and I think deserving of praise.Although mine is not really a math-physics kind of mind, I do enjoy the topics of cosmology and theoretical physics as presented in the popular literature on the topic.Where I am able to follow the discussions, I am almost always led to my own thinking on the subject; that is the hallmark of a truly relevant book.While I doubt I will ever add anything to string theory or any other, I will be a much more critical reader of works on this and other scientific subjects in the future thanks to the author's book.Since it is the mass of us without a professional's background who vote to spend on research of this kind--or not--and the dollar value of big ticket science has often come under scrutiny, it is probably a good idea for more of those with an interest in physics to at least understand what's at stake.

Whether the reader understands the theories the author presents, primarily string theory, they will take away a surer understanding that science makes certain demands on any such theory.As Dr. Smollin relates, any current theory to be valuable should make testable predictions that can clarify its usefulness.While experiment cannot absolutely state a theory is "correct," they do have the possibility of proving it isn't, and having done so can clear the path to knowledge by eliminating theories that are wrong or at least inaccurate.As the author makes clear, much of the past 30 or 40 years has been spent on theories that have been tweakable to the point of absurdity and few of any of which have led to testable hypothesis. If what I'm understanding of the situation is true, I suspect that society has spent a lot of money on equipment, such as the large hadron collider, that cannot provide answers because theoretical physics has failed to provide adequate questions.The presence or absence of the Higgs boson and mini-black holes, while interesting, seems to lack an adequate intellectual structure into which they can be meaningfully placed.

As the author also points out, however, recent theoretical physics has been for several decades somewhat divorced from its former connection with experimental physics, which has given rise to what seems like a lot of fogging around.The recent investment in the LHC at Cern, with its capacity for higher energy experiments, may at least provide the physics community with new data with which to integrate theory.This may help overcome the road block that seems to have prevented physics from moving forward for so long.The technology to actually answer questions takes time to develop, since much of the innovation that leads to it moves incrementally and in tandem, and until recently it just hasn't been there to provide the more difficult data with which theoretical physicists need to work.

More than anything, the author's presentation of what good theory should do will be of interest to the non-professional reader.According to his estimate, it should surprise by making suddenly clear a lot that was confusing, and it should led to testable hypotheses.He notes that a theory that is simply "elegant" or "beautiful" need not necessarily be correct or testable.Nature, as he points out, is often not as aesthetic as theorists might hope; or at least it operates with a different sense of aesthetics.

I found the author's very pointed complaint that too much rests on the professional scientist's shoulders with respect to "popularity" and tenure a very interesting one.One can't help but wonder how many really useful, bright and well trained individuals whose ideas have been tabled in favor of the "theory of the moment" have left the field because they could not find academic positions as outsiders of the mainstream "theory."Again, one also can't help but wonder how many of the same pool of bright people have been spinning their wheels in the accepted theory wastefully to gain the personal perks they wanted.This is not a problem just in physics; it pervades our society extensively and erodes much of the good that might have come from better use of bright young people.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with String Theory....
Dr.Smolin's book makes the primary argument that theoretical physics has lost its way in the past 30 years by not contributing to our further understanding of the laws of Physics. Thirty years is a long time in modern science and so he believes that Physics is in trouble. The main reason for this state of affairs, he contends, is the enormous focus on String theory to the exclusion of every other approach. String theorists attempt to formulate a 'theory of everything' that integrates all the particles and forces of Nature. In Smolin's opinion, this attempt has failed since the theory has not been testable at all and that the nature of this theory makes it unverifiable in the sense that no experiment will be able to prove it true or false.

Dr.Smolin postulates that any fundamental theory of Nature must answer the 'Five problems' which represent the boundaries of present knowledge of Nature. The five problems are:
1. The problem of quantum gravity which combines general relativity and quantum theory into one.
2. The foundational problem of quantum mechanics where the theory has to integrate the observer. At present, quantum mechanics does not describe Reality in 'our' absence.
3.The problem of whether the various particles and forces can be unified in a theory that explains them all as manifestations of a single fundamental entity.
4. The problem of arriving at how the values of the free constants in the standard model of particle physics are chosen in nature.
5. The problem of dark matter and dark energy and whether they exist etc.

The author's argument is that string theory fails in the test to answer these questions.

I found the first two sections of the book quite interesting though my knowledge of physics is not strong enough to understand and evaluate all the arguments advanced by the author. However, even for a popular science reader like me, some of the conclusions deriving from string theory seem bizarre and complicated. For example, the theory says that the universe actually exists in 10 dimensions and not four. It says that there could be as many as 10 ^ 500 universes (multiverses) possible according to string theory! It postulates new particles which are as yet undiscovered and not possible to discover even with the large amounts of energy generated by the LHC.

The latter parts of the book are more about the sociology of doing science nowadays and the need to change the ways universities do research in theoretical physics. According to the author, if we're to save theoretical physics, we need to nurture more "seers" (fundamental thinkers) in physics, who do not chase afterthe current fashion in physics, buttry to examine the very foundation of theoretical physics. This is in contrast to nurturing 'craftspeople' who simply work within the existing framework.

The book is not an easy read for one who is not well versed in the current advances in particle physics. However, one can still get a good idea of what the problem is and where the science is at present. I would recommend it for people who are interested in the standard model of particle physics and the challenges to this model.

4-0 out of 5 stars Retired physics teacher
For a retired physicsteacher, who now engages in online math and physics tutoring, Smolin's book is a heads-up that stimulates thinking about the recent three decades of physics.He makes a strong case about the failure of physics to come up with a new paradigm.And his suggestion that social forces or prejudices limit progress of creative individuals brings our discipline into the human arena along with any other professions that suffer similar restrictions by entrenched human attitudes.Carefully written, thought-provoking, sometimes repetitive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best version of a difficult story.Read it.
I read "Not Even Wrong" a while back and thought that this would be a rehash of the same complaints.I'm always interested in views that are contrary to the current fashions.

I was wrong.

This is a deeper version of the same history of physics where the author is actually participating on both sides of the argument.He covers the whole history of physics in just enough detail to keep the story moving.His description of mechanics moving from Classical to Relativity, Special and General, is simpler, more fundemental, than I have ever read.

He is always kind/professional and never overly critical of the state the string theorists find themselves in.The latter parts of the book cover real details of how science in and out of academia used to be done and how things are now.Eventually ending with What We (You) should be doing, or at least encouraging where we can.Its style is engaging enough for me to actually finish, even when I knew what the end was about. (I often skip through popular science books once I've got the picture they're selling).

The treatment of academia may strike some as somwhat simplistic in the current political atmosphere, but is still valid notwithstanding.

I highly reccomend this book.

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27. Quantum Physics: A Beginner's Guide
by Alastair I.M. Rae
Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-01-03)
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Asin: 1851683690
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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As Alastair Rae points out in his introduction, “quantum physics is not rocket science”. It may have gained a reputation as the theory that no one really understands, but its practical applications are all around us in everyday life. If it were not for quantum physics, computers would not function, metals would not conduct electricity, and the power stations that heat our homes would not produce energy. Assuming no prior scientific or mathematical knowledge, this clear and concise introduction provides a step-by-step guide to quantum theory, right from the very basic principles to the most cutting-edge developments, such as super-fast computers and unbreakable codes, which could soon become reality. Finally, Rae turns to the philosophical questions posed by quantum physics and asks: if Einstein was wrong and God really does play dice, what are the consequences of this for the way we view ourselves and our relation to the world? Written by one of the most respected authors in the field, this authoritative and readable guide will be suitable for anyone wishing to gain a clearer understanding of one of the key scientific discoveries of our time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST book I ever read in my life
This is the Motherbook of all books.
I have been waiting for this book all my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars quantum physics
I bought this book due to my interest in quantum physics after hearing about 'passion from a distance' which is Bell's theorum.The intelligence is passed on very simply but I have found that I need to read the book in short spurts in order to take in the information.As yet I have not finished the book but feel sure I shall learn from it.I must add that I didnt do physics at college so am a complete novice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good companion for another intro book
Like most introductory books in this area, it really helps to have some prior background.It makes some small leaps in places that will leave true beginners feeling a little lost.As an introduction, I'd rate this book lower than "The Quantum World ..." by Kenneth Ford, but it would make a nice companion to it because this book goes into additional depth in specific areas such as conductors, insulators, semiconductors and superconductors.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good place to start
Overall, I definitely got what I wanted out of this book.For those of you who want a mathy approach to the subject, this is probably not the book for you.I know very little about the subject, so I wanted a book that would enable me to get a big picture so I could tell if a certain aspect of quantum physics interests me.This book serves that function well.

No direct reflection on the author, but there are a number of significant numerical errors in the first chapter or so.They are almost certainly due to poor typesetting, I'm sure the author can tear up the math.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not that good
Though the book is Ok, after reading Isaacs Asimov "Understanding Phisics" I expected more clarity from this book. ... Read more

28. Barron's AP Physics B with CD-ROM
by Jonathan S. Wolf
Paperback: 520 Pages (2008-01-01)
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This updated manual presents a diagnostic test and two full-length model AP Physics B exams, with all questions answered and explained. It also presents a review of all test topics, which include vectors; motion; Newton's law of motion, work, and energy;oscillatory motion; fluids; gravitation; temperature and heat; thermodynamics; magnetism; electromagnetic induction; waves and sound; light; geometrical optics; quantum theory; the atom; the nucleus; and much more. Helpful added features include study and test-taking advice, a math review, and a glossary of physics terms. This version of the manual comes with an enclosed CD-ROM that contains two additional model tests with answers and automatic scoring of the multiple-choice questions. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Barron's AP Physics A Review Book
This is the worst AP review book on the planet, if you want to fail your final exam or get a 1 on the AP exam, get this book. It has numerous mistakes, it is the absolute worst review book FOR PHYSICS. I don't know how Barron's does on other AP exams, but for Physics, it sucks. NO help at all, I wish I had not written on the practice test or I would return it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Book is full of mistakes!!!
I am a teacher of AP Physics B.I had my entire class purchase this for review preparation.Unfortunately, the book is riddled with mistakes--multiple-choice questions that have no correct answer, solutions done wrong, calculation mistakes, even questions that have two correct answers.This continually undermines the confidence of my students.I am having to check through every problem and example in the book.I don't know if the author or the publisher, or both, forgot to do any proofreading of the text, or if they were just plain lazy and sloppy with their work.Oh, did I mention the haphazard use of significant figures? ...like the question that gives data to one significant figure, but the answer is given to four significant figures.Go figure!I have used Barrons study guides for other courses in the past, and have been satisfied, but this has been a horrible experience.If someone knows of a truly good study guide for this material, please post it here.

3-0 out of 5 stars good for a general review
This book is good for the AP test, but if you are like most of us who use it as a study guide to supplement our textbooks, this book may not do the job. It is not detailed enough for class purposes.

Also, I don't know why they put problems you can't possibly do without a calculator for some multiple choice questions. They label those problems as possibly harder than real AP questions, but what's the point when there won't be any like it on there? I guess it's only good for midterm/final practice for you course.

Overall it's pretty good for a quick review before the AP or your midterm/final. I saw problems very similar to the ones in this book on mine. ... Read more

29. Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality (English Edition)
by Lewis Carroll Epstein
Paperback: 582 Pages (2009-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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 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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone!
I first got hooked on the problems in this book during my undergraduate study.The author does an excellent job of slowly building your analytical skills as you progress through the book.The material is presented in such a way that you can relate what you're learning to the everyday world around you.Truly a top notch resource.I have bought multiple copies as gifts for friends and family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics review
Very helpful book for visual learners.Provides a fundamental understanding of physics that relates to real life situations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be forced on every high school student
Every so often I pick up a book that I wish I read 10 years ago. Feynman's Lectures on Physics and Van Hess's Thermodynamics are among these, as well as Polya's How To Solve It for those more mathematically inclined. These would have certainly saved me from much confusion during my college engineering curriculum, for they focus on teaching the material to the reader, as opposed to masking it in the equations of a textbook. Some lucky folks have the ability to glance at equations and immediately grasp their meaning; for the other 99.99% of us, an intuitive explanation replete with real-world analogies helps to bring the meaning to life.

With a presentation both unique and entertaining, Lewis Carroll Epstein's Thinking Physics has certainly claimed a rightful seat at the roundtable of wonderful didactic books. Every page poses a question that challenges the reader on his view of the physical world, and nearly every answer tears down the fallacies of his intuition. Socrates would have been proud of the format, with each new question expanding on concepts developed in earlier answers. One of the 1-star reviews mentioned a lack of organization.This criticism completely misses the point.It is NOT a textbook, so "obviously" it will lack some of the rigorous development of concepts and precise organization that you would expect in a physics text.It IS a popular physics book with lots of cartoony pictures that a kid in elementary school could both enjoy and understand.At the same time, the insights will help build anyone's physics intuition, regardless of age.I read this book when I was 30.I have since started going through problems in Kleppner and Kolenkow and some other more advanced texts, and I really think this book helped.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intriquing bite sized practical introduction to Physics
What a great way to introduce Physics to curious minds that may recoil at the sight of a ponderous text book or quiver at the thought of standardized tests!This book poses thoughtful practical questions, gives you several possible answers and then, on the following page, provides the correct answer and the physics reasoning behind it. Not infrequently, the answers provoke an "Aha!" reaction. Physics in bite sized chunks that can also be digested together at a family meal.Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality (English Edition)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring and amusing
I read this book when I was in middle school and found it both inspiring and amusing.
I highly recommend this book for both kids and grown up non-physicists. You even find some of your daily life questions in there. Epstein presents a scientific approach to think about them.

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30. How to Solve Physics Problems (College Course)
by Robert Oman, Daniel Oman
Paperback: 352 Pages (1996-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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275,000 students in noncalculus physics; Required pre-med course; Super-accessible, straightforward help; Student-grabbing graphics and style; Icons for important concepts; 1-2-3 help with problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How To Solve Physics Problems Review
The book is helpful even though the equations are set a little more complex than they have to be. And I deffinately wish there was a little bit more examples.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book as a supplement to your textbook
Other than a few typos, this book is awesome. I learn the basic concepts from this book, and then do the problems in my textbook. This book has helped me when my professor couldn't/wouldn't. You cannot learn physics from this book only, but it is an excellent addition to any textbook.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book - many errors
This book is a decent book for those being taking a freshman physics course for non-majors.This is a good supplement to a calculus based physics textbook.

4-0 out of 5 stars typographical errors
it's a good book, it helped a great deal. I wish time was taken to correct typographical errors. I lost valuable time that could have been used to study.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, recommend
this is a very good book except there are some mistakes(but the mistakes are easily found and corrected by yourself). This book gives you how to attack problems in a very organized manner even though the problems are notso difficult.I came to be able to solve more challenging problems in adifferent book after solving the easy but organized ones in this book. Irecommend this book! ... Read more

31. Holt Physics
by Raymond A. Serway, Jerry S. Faughn
Hardcover: 974 Pages (2005-06-03)
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Asin: 0030735483
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Seller had a product in excellent condition and shipped it out in a very quick time.

5-0 out of 5 stars used book customer
reecieved book very quickly, and as expected if not even better than described.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Review by High School Physics Teacher
I'd consider this a typical high school physics text, with the usual positives and negatives.IMHO there are better h.s. texts out there.Having said that, here's what I found:
The presentations and explanations in the text are pretty decent.However, this may not be that important, because many teachers give lectures or handouts, and are well aware of the fact that most students will do whatever they can to avoid reading the text.The main difficulty I ran into using the book was the lack of mid-level difficulty "practice problems".Colleagues in other schools have stated the same.In this text, problems tend to jump from a "basic" level to the "difficult" level.As a result, I put together handouts of mid-level problems for students to practice, so that they could master the material and achieve a level of confidence, before tackling the more difficult problems.
Another complaint I have is that this newer edition does not seem to be much different from the older (and cheaper) one.Sections that had appeared in the Appendix have been switched with sections in the main part of the text and vice versa, end-of-chapter problems were jumbled and renumbered, and a few problems changed.A new cover is given, and parents are then stuck purchasing a new textbook.My advice about whether to purchase the newer or older edition is this:If your teacher assigns reading by page, and HW problems from the book, then you need the newer one;if your teacher gives handouts for problems and assigns reading by topic, --you can probably get away with the older version.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great price on textbook.
Fast shipping, great price on textbook and the book was in excellent condition for a used copy.

4-0 out of 5 stars HOLT Physics textbook
The purchase of this used text went smooth and without a problem.I received the book in the condition that was posted.It was shipped and arrived as promised. ... Read more

32. The Feynman Lectures on Physics (3 Volume Set) (Set v)
by Richard Phillips Feynman
 Paperback: 1552 Pages (1970-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Three Volume Set.

  • Feynman's effective classroom style remains intact in these volumes, a valuable work by a remarkable educator.
  • The volumes are an edited version of Richard Feynman's lectures, taped and transcribed specifically for the books.
  • The three volume commemorative issue is either available hardbound and packaged in a specially designed slipcase, or in a paperbound edition.
This three volume work was originally designed for a two-year introductory physics course given at the California Institute of Technology — a course designed to take advantage of readers' increasing mathematical prowess and to provide a more comprehensive view of modern-day physics. It is a rigorous undertaking that resulted in a classic reference work for anyone interested in physics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars provides phenomenal insight
These books examine almost everything worthy of note in intermediate (where calculus 3 is assumed) physics by presenting concepts and calculations using the most fascinating applications thereof. It is practically a compendium of astonishing results that are given the greatest possible clarity with expertly planned verbal explanations; indeed, even if you lack the math skills mentioned above you may well become enchanted and informed by these expertly presented physics topics.
However, a few points require mention:

1. These books are for students that want to UNDERSTAND how the physics works, rather than just applying a formula some book says is applicable in a given context during a physics exam. (there is a large difference!)

2. These books do not contain enough problems to fortify the physics calculations, but they do excellently illustrate the essential concepts needed to solve such problems; my advice is to get some conventional texts like " Halliday/Resnick--Fundamentals of physics" and doing their problems to reinforce the ideas after reading the corresponding material in these lectures. The amount you read of these conventional text' explanations depends on you; some, like myself, feel that reading the explanations of most conventional texts is a big waste of time------they shower you with seemingly disconnected formulas and say "ha,ha: this is it".

3. These books were designed for lectures at Caltech during the 1960's; suffice it to say, this is not the watered-down modern university physics book---sometimes pretty heavy math is used, but that's not the main difficulty; most university physics books nowadays give formula-like sequences of steps that allow one to do well on calculations without knowing much of what came before it, but in these lectures understanding many chapters requires knowing details from many other previous chapters------the bright side is that you know what you are doing, and you realize how things are actually connected to the physical world. (I got A's in my 3 calculus based college physics courses, but I could not recall what was physically happening in these problems I so "expertly" solved for my exams:)

4. Feynman doesn't mind doing hard problems, so long as it's the best way to illustrate what he's trying to explain; in no other book I've read is there such thought provoking and satisfying examples of physics-------I learned to calculate the motion of the planets to any degree of accuracy, to calculate the general amount of radiation density in a super-hot star, and to see, dare I say, the very breadth of the universe with these lectures.

Good luck...

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics
great text-books for anybody who wants to understand a bit more how things work :P

5-0 out of 5 stars These books are amazing!
I love the set! I'm a grad student in Physics and these are a great reference to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revisiting The Feynman Lectures
I loved the Feynmann Lecture series when I was an undergraduate student, but I sold them after three years of using them. Years later, I have seen the Commemorative Issue on the shelve of bookstores again and I could not resist the urge to buy it again. It vividly brings back wonderful memories of a time long gone, and the commemorative issue is better (hardcover) than the original (paperback). I strongly recommend this issue to anyone who wishes to learn physics from a master narrator.

4-0 out of 5 stars Looks good on your shelf, but please read instructions before using...
This famous 3 volume set is best used in one of the following ways:

1.You are a student who has already taken university calculus based physics and are interested in another view of the subject by one of the modern masters ofphysics
2.. You are a professional who is reading the texts for intellectual stimulation; e.g., you are a curious engineer (Really,
anyone who has taken the standard university calculus sequence through multivariable calculus can tackle the material in these books)
3. You are taking university physics and want to use these books for additional readings to understand important concepts and the big picture

If you are planning to use these books as your primary textbook source to learn the basics of physics, I agree with the comments that Feynman made in the preface that these lectures were a failure. Better textbooks such Alonso and Finn already exist that cover the standard freshman physics faire. However, the Feynman lectures are great to flip through, scan, skip around, read a page here and there. There are amazing deep insights sprinkled throughout.

As an aside, the very serious student of physics should try and dig up the 5 volume Berkeley Physics Course to seek a deep and mathematically rigorous introductionto
physics. Volume 2 on E&M by Purcell is still in print and still in use but the other volumes on Mechanics, Waves, Quantum, and Statistical Physics are harder to find.
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33. Student Solutions Manual for Fundamentals of Physics
by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker, J. Richard Christman
Paperback: 528 Pages (2010-06-08)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and Easy
Within 24 hours of ordering the solution to Fundamentals of Physics, I started receiving the PDF files in my emails. The seller worked with me to address any concerns right away. I would recommend this seller to anyone seeking this solution manual quickly.

1-0 out of 5 stars nothing like i thought
very unhelpful...make sure you read the reviews before buying this...i have had it now two months and my teacher has yet to select a problem that it might help you with...needs to have more problems worked

1-0 out of 5 stars Publisher should be sued for false titling
Should have read other comments more thoroughly."Student Solutions Manual" should have caveat reading "to very few select problems from the end of the chapter".How does Wiley get away with this???

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
good solution manual...only few problems answers are available not like the other math answer books.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful
really not very helpful overall.Almost none of the problems at the end of the chapter are actually worked out (maybe 3 or 4 per chapter) and I assume more professors prefer to assign those that they know are not worked out.I returned this because it was basically useless in helping me understand problems and concepts for my homework. ... Read more

34. Physics: Principles with Applications
by Douglas C. Giancoli
Hardcover: 1040 Pages (2004-08-19)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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For algebra-based introductory physics courses taken primarily by pre-med, agricultural, technology, and architectural students.This best-selling algebra-based physics text is known for its elegant writing, engaging biological applications, and exactness.Physics:Principles with Applications, 6e retains the careful exposition and precision of previous editions with many interesting new applications and carefully crafted new pedagogy.It was written to give students the basic concepts of physics in a manner that is accessible and clear.The goal is for students to view the world through eyes that know physics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Book
This book is solid. I generally read the sections I don't understand in class and the summaries. The practice questions in the back are great as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The book got here right on time.Everything was in perfect condition, and all the information about the book was correct.Thank you very much.

1-0 out of 5 stars All I Expected From an Expensive TextBook
It's an expensive text book that is required. What more can I say?
Great service and reasonable overnight shipping was helpful when my daughter moved up to an AP class and needed the book ASAP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics Book
The book was in great condition and it arrived in a perfect amount of time!

5-0 out of 5 stars review on physics book purchase
I bought this book in the "used" category and when I received the book, it looks more like new. the only reason i believed it was considered used was because there was a 4 inch scratch on the side of the cover. very satisfied with purchase. ... Read more

35. The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition
by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands
Hardcover: Pages (2005-08-08)
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The revised edition of Feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by Feynman and his colleagues. A new foreword by Kip Thorne, the current Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today’s readers. This boxed set also includes Feynman’s new Tips on Physics — the four previously unpublished lectures that Feynman gave to students preparing for exams at the end of his course. Thus, this 4 — volume set is the complete and definitive edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Packaged in a specially designed slipcase, this 4 — volume set provides the ultimate legacy of Feynman’s extraordinary contribution to students, teachers, researches, and lay readers around the world.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for any Physicist Worth His or Her NaCl
These books are absolutely amazing. I've loved physics for over 9 years now and have read numerous books on the subject. Somehow though I missed this set. After only a few pages and you can already see the value of the set. 40 years of fixing errata has lead the set to be one of the least error-prone sets on physics. It details the process in which they were created, and how they have been cared for over the years. Feynman himself edited them to his last day. The tips book will help any physicist who knows the concepts but not so much the problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique and distinguished quaility
Well, I guess if you've come to this page, you have already heard of these famous books and why they're so wanted. So all I want to say is about the quality of the product. They're three books (The Lectures) plus the Tips On Physics. They come inside a box, which safely store them all, without loosenesses. All of the books are hardcovers, it feels like cloth, amazing. The pages are of higher density, which will make the books last long enough for two generations or more, for humidity or microorganisms won't affect the page so easily. They're very thin, but won't be a problem for a careful reader.
My recommendation: you've lost enough time reading reviews. Just buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a brilliant teacher
I'm a physics major, and whenever I had the chance and needed to reference something, rather than looking in my own textbook, I would check in this book first.Professor Feynman is the most brilliant professor that may ever live.This series is incredibly easy to read, with diagrams and descriptions that draw a very vivid picture in your mind.A must read for anyone interested in physics.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok set
I bought this for a class that required it.I actually never used it because it didn't apply to much that I was studying.I'm sure its a great book otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feynman
I'm a Freshman physics major. I got these babies but I don't have the balls to read them through yet. But whenever I don't understand something from HRK, or that something's not explained all the way, I just open up the lectures. The answer's always right there, like he knew just what I was going to have questions about after a normal physics regimen, it's disturbing. They smell really good too and it almost makes me giddy knowing there's a prophetic source of physics knowledge waiting for me on my bookshelf. On more than one occasion I've just pulled a volume from its sheath and cradled it, knowing the scripture held within will soon become a part of me. It's a source of inspiration and I'm going to continue working through HRK so that I may tackle the lectures with confidence.

Feynman's a cool guy, but I'm disappointed to hear Gleick retell how he slept with graduate students' wives. Unless he was just sleeping with them, but I think Gleick meant having sex. Kids my age need to know that he's funny and smart and like Calvin from C&H, but a Calvin who is sexually mature. Overall, I like Dyson more. ... Read more

36. The Physics of Baseball (3rd Edition)
by Robert K. Adair
Paperback: 192 Pages (2002-05-01)
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Blending scientific fact and sports trivia, Robert Adair examines what a baseball or player in motion does-and why. How fast can a batted ball go? What effect do stitch patterns have on wind resistance? How far does a curve ball break? Who reaches first base faster after a bunt, a right- or left-handed batter? The answers are often surprising -- and always illuminating.

This newly revised third edition considers recent developments in the science of sport such as the neurophysiology of batting, bat vibration, and the character of the "sweet spot." Faster pitchers, longer hitters, and enclosed stadiums also get a good, hard scientific look to determine their effects on the game.

Filled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents, The Physics of Baseball provides fans with fascinating insights into America's favorite pastime.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simple explanations, correct physics but too little math
This book is easy to read, jogs from one interesting facet of the game to another with ease.Sugests simple physics underlying each phenomenon but lacks enough math for a begining reader to repeat most examples for a middle school science project.

4-0 out of 5 stars A valiant effort at a difficult test
Beginning with the baseball itself, Adair delves into the design of the ball from its raised stitches to the bound cowhide cover and even to the rubber core. Using the ball's design as a basis, he goes on to discuss how the flight of that ball can be affected by wind, temperature, and altitude. Throughout the next few chapters, he focuses specifically on the flight of the ball as it leaves the pitcher's hand and how pitchers have found waves to manipulate that flight in their advantage. Pitchers, he says, face the task of maximizing velocity when needed but changing speed and directions in order to keep the batter guessing. Luckily for baseball fans (at least those that appreciate a well-pitched game) pitchers understand principles of physics better than they think. Additionally, a batted ball's flight, even detailing the theoretical maximum flight distance of the ball (545 feet, by the way), is described.
It is not only the pitchers and batters who need an understanding of physics to be successful in baseball, according to Adair. In fact, anyone who needs to judge the flight of a ball in order to catch it better know that the batter's choice of bat and where the batter contacted the pitched ball will affect the direction and magnitude of his--the fielder's--pursuit. Anyone who needs to run at maximum speed from base to base certainly should be aware that they won't be as fast as, say, Carl Lewis, since their start time is hindered by the efforts of the pitcher to "keep him honest." Even a player who needs to throw the ball from one part of the field to another must consider that his distance from the location of the desired landing point of the ball along with the weather conditions on that particular day will affect the velocity and trajectory with which he releases the ball. So, essentially, as Adair describes in the book, every player on a baseball team utilizes principles of physics to be successful, whether he--the player--likes it or not.
My desire for the book as I, a baseball fan, initially picked it up was to better understand baseball. Why does a curveball curve? Do balls really go farther in Denver? Why does a "corked" bat give a batter an advantage? Why are players now using lighter bats than the sluggers of the old days did? After reading the book, I better understand the answers to these questions. Yet, while Adair essentially answered my questions, it was somewhat difficult to get to those conclusions. Though he himself states that the book is intended for those interested in baseball, not physics, I was often lost in his description of the physics. It was not as simple as I had hoped. Now, that is certainly no fault of Adair. It is not that his descriptions were more difficult than needed but rather that baseball is not a simple game to describe fully. The book exemplified that fact beautifully. So, perhaps a physicist did not invent the game. Despite that fact, it is nevertheless a complex game that simple people can watch, play, and enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Will help you appreciate the talent of MLB Players
I have always loved baseball and was interested to see how The Physics of Baseball; 3rd Edition, by Robert K. Adair, PhD., would supplement my appreciation for the game.There were definitely both pros and cons to the book.Overall, I would give the book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

The largest plus was how the author broke down every aspect of the game and helped the reader appreciate the overlooked details of baseball.The author analyzed how physics affected hitting, pitching, and fielding, and no intricate details were left out.For example, Adair reveals that a batter has 75 milliseconds to look at a ball that has left a pitcher's hand, 50ms to think about the pitch (evaluating the spin, velocity, etc.), and 175ms to take action and swing the bat (making any necessary swing adjustments during this final time period).

Adair further breaks down, using detailed physics equations, the logistics behind other elements of the game.For instance, the author explains how pitchers get the ability to make such nasty pitches, by explaining release points, spin from grip positions, etc.Also, batted balls are treated as projectiles in motion as Adair explains how baseballs get the trajectory from wooden bats to either fly 400+ yards over the fence, or fly into the awaiting glove of an outfielder who has properly judged its flight time and position.

While such insights give a baseball fan great appreciation for the skill and talent of baseball players, the book lacked a few essentials for this baseball fan.Adair uses plenty of comparisons to baseball players, but many of the examples given seemed a little out of date.Though the book was published in 2002, no references were made to current stars of that time, such as Derek Jeter or Randy Johnson.The player references were a bit out of date.

Also, the book was a little too heavy on little unrelated details, and did not in some cases relate the countless facts and calculations back into how they relate back to baseball.Finally, it would have been interesting to hear about how steroids - due to their recent connection with baseball - would affect some of the physics that Adair explains in his book.Overall, a good read but is most appreciated by those who have a good background in both baseball and physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful and interesting book!
This book is great at explaining why things happen the way they do. I am actually using it as a reference for a study on the physics of softball.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and also helps me Play!!!
Robert Adair did a fantastic job writing The Physics of Baseball. I just read this book and loved it. I play baseball at Milton High School and this book not only helped me better understand the game of baseball but will also help me excel in the sport.The physical evidence resulting from the tests performed and the various charts and graphs made all of the information easy to understand.Coaches always say that "the little things" win and lose ballgames.In the novel, "the little things", such as laying bunts down and many more are covered and can help teams win games.I recommend this book to all players of the sport and definitely to all coaches of teams.It may change the style of coaching but for the better by making the coach pay more attention to small things and winning games.I also recommend this book to any people that do not play or coach anymore or have kids or grandkids playing anymore.The information is can be helpful but can also be interesting to the average person. This book is great for anyone that just loves the game of baseball or any physics geek that is curious how things work in America's past time. I hope that Robert Adair will continue this "Series" and write a couple more books regarding the great sport of baseball.I would also like to see other authors write similar novels about different sports, such as basketball and football. This book was a GREAT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

37. Physics
by John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson
Hardcover: 1088 Pages (2009-01-01)
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Asin: 0470223553
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Designed for medical professionals who may struggle with making the leap to conceptual understanding and applying physics, the eighth edition continues to build transferable problem-solving skills. It includes a set of features such as Analyzing-Multiple-Concept Problems, Check Your Understanding, Concepts & Calculations, and Concepts at a Glance. This helps the reader to first identify the physics concepts, then associate the appropriate mathematical equations, and finally to work out an algebraic solution. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a book about physics.I don't really like it since the examples are somewhat poor and the concepts aren't explained as well as I would like.However, cramster fills the gaps and it's required for the course so what can I do?

5-0 out of 5 stars Compare and save!
I prefer new books. The campus bookstore is selling this identical book for $135.10. By buying it from Amazon I saved $33.62, saving 25%!

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics
Excellent transaction. Arrived in great shape and came quicker than expected which was very helpful because my daughter needed it for a class.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor
I bought this book spending an extra 40 dollars that I shouldn't have spent because the owner lied and said it was hard cover. I paid the extra because it was suppossed to be hardcover. When I got it was a soft cover book. By the time I got it I couldn't return it because I needed it for school. I amvery dissapointed in that lying is acceptable on this website. I will think twice again before I buy another item from amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing physics textbook!
Used this for a non-calculus based physics course and even though I missed a ton of class I ended up acing the course because I just studied from the textbook. You are lucky if your professor picks this book! ... Read more

38. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
by Chad Orzel
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2009-12-22)
list price: US$24.00 -- used & new: US$11.63
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Asin: 1416572287
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When physics professor Chad Orzel went to the pound to adopt a dog, he never imagined Emmy. She wasn't just a friendly mutt who needed a home; she was a talking dog with an active interest in what her new owner did for a living and how it could work for her.

Soon Emmy was trying to use the strange ideas of quantum mechanics for the really important things in her life: chasing critters, getting treats, and going for walks. She peppered Chad with questions: Could she use quantum tunneling to get through the neighbor's fence and chase bunnies? What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? Where are all the universes in which Chad drops steak on the floor? And what about the bunnies made of cheese that ought to be appearing out of nothing in the backyard?

With great humor and clarity, Chad Orzel explains to Emmy, and to human readers, just what quantum mechanics is and how it works -- and why, although you can't use it to catch squirrels or eat steak, it's still bizarre, amazing, and important to every dog and human.

Follow along as Chad and Emmy discuss the central elements of quantum theory, from particles that behave like waves and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to entanglement ("spooky action at a distance") and virtual particles. Along the way, they discuss the history of the theory, such as the experiments that discovered that electrons are waves and particles at the same time, and Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr's decades-long debate over what quantum theory really meant (Einstein may have been smarter, but Bohr was right more often).

Don't get caught looking less informed than Emmy. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog will show you the universe that lies beneath everyday reality, in all its randomness, uncertainty, and wonder.

"Forget Schrödinger's Cat," says Emmy, "quantum physics is all about dogs." And once you see quantum physics explained to a dog, you'll never see the world the same way again. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow - amazing
[double posted in amazon.ca]

I picked this up in chapters, for $10 because the cover fell off (so much for the publisher).
I thought I was going to read a few pages, get bored and throw it out. However, instead I was very surprised by the style, insight and the clarity of the book.

I am still not sure how the author did it - but he actually made me understand the difference between the Copenhagen theory and the Many worlds theory. The idea of zero-point energy. The Heisenberg Uncertainty principle. Things I thought could not be explained without being in a class with a prof with a lot of equations on the board.

The style used in the book is refreshing. The topics are approached first with a silly question, from a dog, as to why something weird happens, and then an explanation follows. There were times in the book, when the dog asked the exact same questions I was thinking of!

I would love to see more elaborate, perhaps even with some math, works from this author.


4-0 out of 5 stars Phun Physics
This was an enjoyable read and an entertaining way to learn about quantum mechanics.

Knowledge of Quantum Mechanics before book: Very little
Knowledge of Quantum Mechanics after book: A little bit more

This book will not give you the depth and breadth of an entire branch of science but it will help make the general theories of quantum mechanics and physics less intimidating.That being said ... I read it once and will have to go back to discover what I've missed.

If you're interested in quantum mechanics but were afraid to ask and didn't want to enroll in a PhD program, this may be the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars How to teach Physics to Your Dog
I am still reading this book. It was recommended to me by a Physics teacher. He stated anyone could understand Physics with this book. He also told me it was similar to"_______ For Dummies".I am finding it still a bit challenging. I am hoping my granddaughter will read it before she takes physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating view of a tough subject
The author of this book teaches physics at the college level. He tries to make some arcane topics approachable through the humorous touch of presenting ideas to his dog, Emma. I really enjoyed Emma's interview when she was first adopted: I an just imagine a black lab interrogating a future owner. I also enjoyed the numor when Emma says, "Getting rid of cats is a good idea" and the idea of multiplying treats.

However, make no mistake. This book may be light-hearted but it's not light. I continue to re-read the chapters very slowly. It's not quite like studying from a text, but you do have to pay attention as you read. I found it helpful to take notes.

Recommended for anyone who wants to learn physics painlessly, with the caveat that you do have to invest some effort in understanding. However, the author does make the material more accessible than just about every other book I've read (or tried to read) on the subject. He does a particularly good job of discussing the disconnect between the quantum world and the visible world.

4-0 out of 5 stars No bunnies here
Understanding quantum physics is a challenge, even for the keener students. But it's worth it, offering scientific, even philosophical, perspectives in new and diverse fields. Chad touches on these but is alert to snake oil salesmen. This book tells it straight and does not indulge turkeys (or evil squirrels). The explanation through discourse is a tried and true method, pioneered in the case of Galileo with fellow humans. Emmy's canine musings provide Chad with a wealth of useful examples to clarify theories.

Many authors tackle quantum physics at an introductory level and attempt the difficult task of explaining a mathematical subject without maths. A strength of this shorter book is the option to easily reread a point that did not sink in. There can be no pretence that quantum physics is any other than a mathematical world that can defy comprehension. Accessible books like this one are the rabbit that will entice future physicists into that field. Views on quantum theory vary as do teaching methods, so readers can improve their grasp by reading similar introductory books. A sometimes different treatment of many of the same topics, with a focus on glossy artwork rather than canine prerogative, is Jim Al-Khalili's Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed.
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39. College Physics (7th Edition)
by Jerry D. Wilson, Anthony J. Buffa, Bo Lou
Hardcover: 1104 Pages (2009-03-28)
list price: US$199.33 -- used & new: US$125.00
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Asin: 0321601831
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This reader-friendly book presents the fundamental principles of physics in a clear and concise manner. Emphasizing conceptual understanding as the basis for mastering a variety of problem-solving tools, it provides a wide range of relevant applications and illustrative examples.This book discusses electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.For anyone wishing to learn more about the fundamentals of physics and how physical principles apply to a variety of real-world situations, devices, and topics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
I ordered through Amazon and was qualified for the free two day shipping because I'm a college student. It was there by 1 or 2 in the afternoon two days after I placed my order. I was glad I ordered a new book because Mastering Physics is a required material for my course and this included it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
has everything in it that i want. questions and reading passages. hopefully this helps me with my sat physics subject test.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
I was expecting to receive a book and instead I got a binder with all the pages in it.Wasn't too happy when it came in the mail.

1-0 out of 5 stars TO H.S. STUDENTS-
I really do not recommend this book for any high school students struggling in Physics. I am a junior who is in a physics honor course. My class uses this book and I can say for sure that 9/10 of my classmates dread this book. The authors' phrasings are too complex and very detailed. When I read I can not help to feel that I am reading some lab report. Yeah, it may seem like "a nice review" for some people. People who are actually in college or majoring in physics!! My review just goes out to high school students who are looking for some supplement or extra help in physics. This with certainty, will not help you! It'll confuse you even more.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a good book
The book is a good physics book. It helps me study for test and when I read before class it helps me follow the lecture better.It explains topics pretty clearly and has examples.The graphs, figures, illustrations, and their explanations are very helpful. ... Read more

40. Physics II For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))
by Steven Holzner
Paperback: 384 Pages (2010-07-13)
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A plain-English guide to advanced physics

Does just thinking about the laws of motion make your head spin? Does studying electricity short your circuits? Physics II For Dummies walks you through the essentials and gives you easy-to-understand and digestible guidance on this often intimidating course.

Thanks to this book, you don?t have to be Einstein to understand physics. As you learn about mechanical waves and sound, forces and fields, electric potential and electric energy, and much more, you?ll appreciate the For Dummies law: The easier we make it, the faster you?ll understand it!

  • An extension of the successful Physics I For Dummies
  • Covers topics in a straightforward and effective manner
  • Explains concepts and terms in a fast and easy-to-understand way

Whether you?re currently enrolled in an undergraduate-level Physics II course or just want a refresher on the fundamentals of advanced physics, this no-nonsense guide makes this fascinating topic accessible to everyone. ... Read more

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