- Hardcover: 762 pages
- Publisher: Walker Publishing Company; Revised edition (May 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802707513
- ISBN-13: 978-0802707512
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The History of Physics Revised Edition
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Omnibus of three books originally published separately: Understanding Physics: Motion, Sound and Heat; Understanding Physics: Light, Magnetism and Electricity; and Understanding Physics: The Proton, Neutron and Electron. It was reprinted under the title Understanding Physics in 1993. To the original three volumes is added a new introduction, an appendix of updated material, and a comprehensive index.
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This is a great book for beginners. No math or a little math is good enough. Actually, if you know no math, just skip all the equations, which are already scarce in the book, and you will still get a great story of it. For people studied (often forced in school) a little science, this is a great book to give you a reason and teach you a method to continue.
I was no good good at math or physics at school. The reason for me to learn math and physics are probably the same as most of other students - to prepare for exams. After I read this book, i knew I could have done a lot better - and most importantly, I knew now physics is not that hard at all.
The History of Physics was always on my bookshelf years ago when I worked as a research chemist. Rather than simply divide physics into component disciplines and present our current knowledge, Asimov explains physics by tracing its development from the ancient Greeks and the great Renaissance thinkers up to our modern day luminaries such as Einstein, Schrodinger, et alia. Relevant mathematics are presented in an extremely basic and helpful form. This intuitive, historical, biographical, and mathematically basic approach is extremely user friendly and provides great clarity of presentation.
For newcomers to physics, or old hands who appreciate having valuable information clearly presented at their fingertips, this book is outstanding.
An excellent companion book is Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality (English Edition) by Lewis Carroll Epstein. See too The Calculus Tutoring Book.
But the book also gives attention to other notables who contributed to physics. From Galileo to Faraday to Maxwell. You can get an appreciation for the significance of what each did to expand our view of physics.
he goes all in on formula and forgets all his history...
the in depth delve and dredging of every physical term is hard to swallow unless u are say a physics teacher in high-school.
I got some nice new points of view on physics from this book, but yet again I am a high-school physics teacher...
skip this one or wait for someone to make it more accessible.