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Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality Paperback – 2002
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About the Author
Epstein is a physics and astronomy professor.
Top Customer Reviews
With a presentation both unique and entertaining, Lewis Carroll Epstein's Thinking Physics has certainly claimed a rightful seat at the roundtable of wonderful didactic books. Every page poses a question that challenges the reader on his view of the physical world, and nearly every answer tears down the fallacies of his intuition. Socrates would have been proud of the format, with each new question expanding on concepts developed in earlier answers. One of the 1-star reviews mentioned a lack of organization. This criticism completely misses the point. It is NOT a textbook, so "obviously" it will lack some of the rigorous development of concepts and precise organization that you would expect in a physics text. It IS a popular physics book with lots of cartoony pictures that a kid in elementary school could both enjoy and understand. At the same time, the insights will help build anyone's physics intuition, regardless of age. I read this book when I was 30. I have since started going through problems in Kleppner and Kolenkow and some other more advanced texts, and I really think this book helped.
if I were asked to choose a science book to take with to the end of the galaxy, i will choose this extra fantastic book.
However, do not underestimate the questions as merely for the beginning students of physics: they are far from that realm. Some of the questions are challenging enough even for the professional physicists, and in fact even for Newton himself.
If you are intrigue, go buy it.
If you purchase this book, do yourself a massive favor and immediately cut out and throw away the 20 or so sheets following the index. Do not look at, do not read these when you do so. A brilliant book is enormously tarnished by the author's non-physics, off-topic crazy-person rant at the end. Trust me, you don't want to read it, as it will affect how you perceive the actual physics content of the book. I wish I had never seen it - it knocked a six star book down to three and made it much harder to recommend to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I RECOMMEND IT TO ALL TEACHERS OF HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS. IT IS FULL OF USEFUL EXAMPLES THAT HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE BASIC CONCEPTSPublished 16 days ago by Joyce B Evans
There are tons of interesting problems, and the explanations are often ingenious. The difficulty of the problems is highly variable, and there are some I could not answer without... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Herbert Gintis
I had this book as a kid and LOVED IT. Now my nephew has a copy of his own!Published 6 months ago by Ueberlaut
Explanation are not clear and concise but it's funny and can get some knowledge acrossPublished 6 months ago by Jeffery
Sits on my desk at work. Nice distraction and exercise the brain.Published 6 months ago by bigraves
The book is great but it's exactly the same as the book Thinking Physics Practical Lessons in Critical Thinking, word for wordPublished 8 months ago by B. Dye
I strongly recommend this for students of physics of all levels. Topics well arranged and presented in a manner that encourages thinking, questioning and assimilation of concepts. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sastry MVR