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Time Loops and Space Twists: How God Created the Universe
Time Loops and Space Twists: How God Created the Universe
by Fred Alan Wolf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.06
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to introduce quantum electrodynamics, September 24, 2011
"Time Loops and Space Twists" is a unique effort that succeeds as a thought-provoking introduction to quantum electrodynamics. It is the first popularization I have encountered that puts fire into understanding a path integral approach to particle physics. Painstaking care enables the reader to gain a genuine feel for QED. Each argument is strengthened by footnotes that challenge both the neophyte and the specialist. The author's first person dialogue encourages the reader to puzzle through originally crafted graphical descriptions of time dilation. Carefully thought out cartoon arguments offers the reader visual rubrics to understand symmetry, antimatter and charge conservation. Contour integration becomes a conceptual tool to explain superposition but the rub is that the reader doesn't realize that she is a mathematical participant in any of this. Conceptual physics is at its best without any deceptive bells and whistles. Careful following of its footnotes also offers its reader a sedge way into Lagrange's equations and principles of least action. The first and last chapters present some personal ontological musings. However, the ten chapters in between are pure physics at its grandest. In total all of its twelve chapters are a delight and a gift from a most original thinker. As a secondary and community college educator, I would enthusiastically recommend this book to supplement a secondary advanced placement physics program or to enrich college level introductory physics. More importantly, the inquiring reader will receive a most unusual gift that offers intellectual integrity, humor, logos and even some wisdom.
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Sex, Drugs, Einstein & Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes and the Quest for Transcendence
Sex, Drugs, Einstein & Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes and the Quest for Transcendence
by Clifford A. Pickover
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs, Einstein, & Elves by Clifford A. Pickover, November 29, 2007
Clifford Pickover is the most creative current science writier I know of. His outstanding mastery of subject matter and sense of objectivity combines with a unique gift for written exposition. His wonder of life and love for knowledge exudes from each of his well disciplined sentences. In "Sex Druges, Einstein, & Elves", Dr. Pickover touches on many of the transcendent themes of our existence. He makes no frivilous claims about altered states of reality. He is a bio-physicist re-reporting what has been communicated to him by primary sources He combines this with wit and acumen and then surprises this reader with
an unexpected change of phase. Marcel Proust enters the scene and crystalizes the objective reporting of the scientist into the larger lattice of literature and the fine arts. Pickover has the ability to use
Proust's genius to enhance his own trancendental quest into the metaphysical realm. SDE&E is resplendent with literary form and could serve as a primer for future authors in both the humanities and the sciences. His mathematical gifts conjure up interesting quests into numerology and cryptography. He provides us with a needed Dedekind Cut in our quest to understand the human condition. I give this book my highest recommendation and hope that it will find its way into a required reading list for all college freshmen.
Arthur Altshiller


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