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"This is a unique book, somewhere between a very basic introductory text, a quick refresher, and a sequence of answers to interesting physics questions … a quick yet coherent introduction to the basic ideas of physics."
—Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics, Middlebury College

"a useful book to keep handy near one’s reading chair. … Recommended."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fun, informative, easy read! 24 Mar. 2014
By Mrs. Hevly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great. It covers so many different topics -- some I didn't even know where physics related! Before reading this book I did not have a strong understanding of physics, but I did find it interesting and I feel smarter after finishing it. I feel that I can relate more to my favorite show, Big Bang Theory, now :) My favorite topic is "Why is the sky blue" relating to optics and light refraction. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something different. It is very well written. Easy to understand yet still very intelligent content. 5 stars from start to finish!
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Comprehensive 25 April 2014
By Israel Drazin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book addresses over 250 scientific subjects in ten categories such as classical mechanics, solids and fluids, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics. The author addresses somewhat simple subjects such as what is physics, velocity, force, fluids, and more complex subjects as What is Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, What is the Doppler Effect, and What does quantum mechanics tell us about hydrogen atoms. The book has some illustrations, many details even educated non-scientists do not know, and each section ends with a list of Further Readings.

The book is very comprehensive and many people who secure it will want to save it as an excellent source for information when information is desired. However, because it is so comprehensive some people will find it to be too technical. They may also be put off by the formulas the author inserts. But even these people might want to ignore parts they are uninterested in and use the book for the information that satisfies them; this is usually in the beginning of each discussion.
Very cool! 13 Aug. 2014
By akvam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was a lot of fun to read!! It covers a range of topics from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics, with clear explanations that make difficult concepts a lot easier to understand. I particularly liked that this book addresses the physics behind everyday things, such as “Why is the sky blue?”, “How do CD and DVD players work?”, and “How are music and musical harmonies made?” But, for the physics enthusiasts (like me!), it also covers the crazier phenomena of the universe, like black holes, superfluids, gravitational waves, quantum tunneling, neutrino oscillations, dark matter/energy, etc. It’s even explained why Pluto was declassified as a planet. Very cool book.
Definitely not the "For Dummies" edition 19 Jun. 2014
By ringo - Published on Amazon.com
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As a science nerd from way back, the recent uptick in interest in all things technical warms my heart. This book largely fans those flames, with a few caveats for non-scientific readers.

The book starts with classical mechanics, but covers a wide range of topics - matter and energy, atoms and solar systems, particles and waves (with some discussion of dual-nature implications). The writing is mostly accessible, with some topic headings that were clearly intended to appeal to a lay audience - "What does your blood pressure mean?," "What makes an atomic bomb work?" (Don't get your hopes up - the book won't help you build one.). There are lots of real-world examples used throughout, including everything from curve balls to x-rays.

Lay audience notwithstanding, however, the explanations in the text refer to things like polar coordinates and partial differentials, with the assumption that the reader knows what those are, and the formulas use Greek letters freely (for readers who aren't up on their rho's and tau's, it will be helpful to print out a Greek alphabet for reference while reading, if only so you know how to pronounce the equations). As a visual thinker, I do wish there had been more diagrams, or even a video. (Maybe a companion guide viewable on a 3D device?).

Looking at the book with an editor's eye, I was sad to find some typos of the type that a spell-check program would miss (including a figure reference in Chapter 4 that I'm pretty sure was off), and some odd sequencing of topics - in particular, the text discusses quantum mechanics before optics and atoms, which, among other things, meant that diffraction gratings were referred to before they were introduced. There is an index, which helps somewhat, but I wish there had also been a glossary. The chapter on quantum mechanics is one of the harder ones, and I also wound up completely confused at one point while reading it, until I realized that the "K" I was reading in the current equation meant "kinetic energy," while the previous "K" had meant "Kelvin." It helps to take frequent contemplation and comprehension breaks.

Foibles notwithstanding, I found this to be an interesting and valuable work, and a bit of a brain workout (NTTAWWT).
Highly recommended for the curious minded! 13 Jun. 2014
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever wonder what makes up the world? Ever want a good, compact guide to Physics that any high school aged or older adult learner can read to expand their mind?

'Commonly Asked Questions in Physics' is that book you have been searching for. It's logically laid out and starts out by treating the reader like they have a brain to comprehend to information. Each chapter progresses in complexity.

It helps to have a good foundation in algebra, or else you will be doing some side learning on formulas.
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