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Epstein is a physics and astronomy professor.

Epstein is a physics and astronomy professor.
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  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Press, San Francisco, CA; 3rd edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935218084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935218084
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Jo on September 21, 2009
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Every so often I pick up a book that I wish I read 10 years ago. Feynman's Lectures on Physics and Van Hess's Thermodynamics are among these, as well as Polya's How To Solve It for those more mathematically inclined. These would have certainly saved me from much confusion during my college engineering curriculum, for they focus on teaching the material to the reader, as opposed to masking it in the equations of a textbook. Some lucky folks have the ability to glance at equations and immediately grasp their meaning; for the other 99.99% of us, an intuitive explanation replete with real-world analogies helps to bring the meaning to life.

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.
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I love this book. I bought this book in 2002 and it has been wonderful, useful, entertaining and worth every penny. At first I used it as a way to prep myself during my internship teaching high school physics. Now I have a 7 year old and a 9 year old, and I use this book to help me explain the world around us. Sadly (or wonderfully) I want to reference this book more frequently that I remember to bring it with me. Although I love the printed version, I need a kindle version too, :), and I would gladly pay the original cover price all over again...
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Just a wonderful book for engineers and English majors alike. This is one of those texts that teaches you how to think; in this case like a physicist. We see that what so often seems simple and obvious is not. It looks at problems conceptually and makes us reduce a problem to the bare bones. Very little math required. the concepts of work, force, energy, velocity, acceleration, weight, mass, inertia, impulse, momentum and time are explored in a lucid and playful manner using ordinary language. My girlfriend and I discussed a problem for five hours as we drove to San Francisco. The time flew. I can't recommend it enough. Truly profound.
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I am a physics teacher and this book is amazing. It has so many great examples and conceptual questions in it that I practically use it everyday. The explanations are for the most part easy to understand and well reasoned. The author is....a bit of a sexist so some of the questions are to be avoided lol
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i already had an old copy, but it detoriorated by time, so i decided to buy another one and treasure it in my library.
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.
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I intend to use this in my classes for the upcoming year both with my 8th graders as well as senior students many of the questions not only make students think but can also be used to identify misconceptions. The font is nice and big and the drawings are a plus I try to get my students to sketch their questions before they attempt them so this is lovely. I will just say it would have nice if all the scenarios were in S.I units but as I recognise this is written for an american audience it's not a big deal it will just give my students a chance to practice unit conversions!
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This book by Epstein is one of my better investments for secondary school (or undergraduate/graduate) physics books. Although I do not use it as a text, I have taken advantage of the problems posed within as warm-up questions to engage the students on the topics at hand(in addition to the hands-on demonstrations.) My students can really get fired up by some of the classical problems and the illustrations that accompany every questions within. The answer keys are highly intelligible as well as entertaining.

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.
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The physics Q&A format is marvelous. I look forward to sitting down with my kids when they're old enough to understand the easy stuff, and later on when they can tackle the harder ones. I truly loved working my way through this book.

However.

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.
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