- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 4th edition (September 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070402485
- ISBN-13: 978-0070402485
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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March covers topics in physics from the earliest investigations in the ancient world (back when the line dividing science from philosophy was not so distinct - as history repeats, there is a growing blurring of the line in modern physics once again). However, March does not spend inordinate time on ancient subjects or ideas such as classical mechanics (save to introduce later topics for which such concepts will be necessary). He gets to the heart of modern physics rather quickly.
March has an interesting development of various topics. For example, his discussion of the theory of relativity is very different from the typical `hard-science' physics books from which I studied. He develops intuitive descriptions, shying away from technical discussions of Lorentz transformations or frames of reference (I think this is a concept that students could grasp more readily than perhaps March believes). Despite this, March uses the traditional `frames of reference' model of travelers on a train, seeing thing in relative states as they are traveling against the more static countryside, which is itself traveling as the earth revolves on its axis, and orbits the sun, as the sun moves about the galaxy, as the galaxy spins around the local group, etc. Frames of reference can actually be fun!Read more ›
This book is what beginners must read before falling into the chaotic confusion of the physical knowledge.
If you have an interest in this topic but not the math, here is a good book.
The reason for four stars is because the book could have delved deeper into thermodynamics (currently my personal favorite) and electrodynamics. The book is a good buy and I love reading about the motivating historical forces behind the theories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very pricey but excellent read. Needed for class or never would have purchased.Published 9 months ago by Jibb
Excellent book with lots of surprising and delightful information.Published 10 months ago by Moataz Bellah Abdel Salam
I first read this in college 30 years ago and it still resonates. As an English major the, I never thought physics could mean so much to my understanding of the world.Published 15 months ago by Wayne Dreggors
The book is great, if you like history of science.
It makes me more interested than the books i get in school to learn physics.
Everybody (almost) gets physics and now I can add myself to that august society. This is a big jump for a liberal arts person and this little book is the key.Published on January 31, 2010 by K. Devereux
March gets it just right by employing the soft to understand the hard. I read this book during my sophomore (after having finished my ABET accredited physics) Christmas vacation. Read morePublished on June 5, 2006 by A Reader
This book is a scientific explanation of how nature works. It is not a book about how to write poetry, but how to explain and explore the world in which we live. Read morePublished on May 28, 2003 by Tami Krueger