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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines Hardcover – August 17, 2008
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A marvelously readable and level-headed explanation of basic science and how it relates to the issues. — John Tierney (New York Times)
A triumph. — Steve Weinberg (Boston Globe)
An outstanding example of public communication of science. — Kenneth R. Foster (Science)
About the Author
Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents. For his outstanding work in experimental cosmology, he was awarded a 1982 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and also a share of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of dark energy.
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I listened to this book rather than read it, so I like the fact the there weren't many equations. The equations were there to tell the reader they're there. It's up to the reader to do the extra research if he/she is inclined. It was a great book to listen to (via Amazon's Audible).
I was especially impressed by (what I felt was) his impartial review of global warming. If I interpret it correctly, Professor Muller believes that the phenomenon it does in fact exist, but the scientific argument is certainly far from settled, nor is the practical implications of the natural history if humankind does nothing to intervene. Again, I may be misinterpreting his argument, but I think he believes that the problem is of insufficient magnitude, and has insignificant implications to warrant drastic solutions by what he refers to as "global warming alarmists."
The book is easy enough to to read and understand, that many people, including myself, would classify it as "light" reading.
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