- Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 8th edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9990823405
- ISBN-13: 978-9990823400
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book, thankfully, is written in conceptual terms. There are few equations - because equations are necessary in science - but you don't need to know calculus or trigonometry to read this book and walk away with a solid foundation.
The author has a clear and easy tone about his writing, and breaks complex concepts down into their simple building blocks so that a typical layperson can understand. I know - because I'm as typical a layperson as they come regarding the sciences.
I can't recommend this highly enough.
I recommend this book for those that just like to read educational material for fun.... this is a light enough read to allow that. I also recommend this book for science students that want to get the concepts of physics down, before they get bogged down in the math. It makes your higher level physics book much easier to read.
If you dont get this book, you are really missin out on a good thing.
PS yes real girls do read physics
The major critique on the book focuses on little or no math used in it. But, it is a natural aspect of "conceptual physics". The main aim of that approach is to facilitate the understanding of concepts of physics which will surely create a robust framework for problem solving in physics and, for advanced physics. Many researches have shown that lack of conceptual base for science is the major responsible for the difficulties in deeper understanding, and/or for the obstacles in the road of problem solving.
Do not consider the book as an algebra based or calculus based physics textbook. As it's name says, it is "conceptual". No one can ignore(and actually Hewitt himself does not 'ignore') the beauty of math in physics, actually in any science. Dealing with physics by using the math as the language requires two aspects: 1)a well-structured conceptual understanding of physics, 2)mastery in math. The "Conceptual Physics" is for the first aspect. And it does function very well!
The book was the district chosen book in a lower level physics class that I no longer teach, but I still use it in my honors class as required reading to insure that students understand the concepts before we get to the math.
I often find myself just looking through the book recreationally because it's more interesting than books intended to entertain! What are the real primary colors? How does a light bulb really work? What's the difference between incandescence, phosphorescence and fluorescence?
I believe any book should be judged on the author's stated purpose, not on the reader's intended use. The author clearly states that if you are interested physics math, this book is not for you. Conceptual Physics helps you understand what's going on before you start deriving equations.
This is a GREAT way to learn concepts for those who don't have the math skills for a standard course (as I didn't when I started all those years ago). I found it a great jumping off point, and I still return to my old text when I find I've forgotten my basics! I can't wait to read the new edition!
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I used this book many years ago and wanted a reference copy. I recommend it.Published 3 months ago by ajamu stewart
I have to get even less than 2 stars. I can appreciate that the author wants to make Physics more approachable for first time students, but Einstein's famous maxim "Everything... Read morePublished 10 months ago by George Wicks
pretty good book easy to follow someone easy to understand the only complaint I would have is that the practice examples at the end of each chapter don't have any answers to cross... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer