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Physics Book, The: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection, 250 Milestones in the History of Physics (Sterling Milestones) [Hardcover]

Clifford A. Pickover
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23 Sep 2011 Sterling Milestones
Following the hugely successful The Math Book is a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of quantum resurrection. Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details.

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (23 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402778619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402778612
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 20.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clifford A. Pickover received his PhD from Yale in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and has written more than 40 books and over 200 articles on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human intelligence, time travel, alien life, religion and the history of science. Currently, he is an associate editor for several scientific journals and holds over 60 U.S. patents for inventions dealing with computer graphics and interfaces. His research has received considerable attention from such media outlets as CNN, the Discovery Channel, The New York Times and WIRED and his Web site, www.pickover.com, has received millions of visits.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely The Physics Book 8 Oct 2011
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Although Clifford Pickover is the author of over forty books, it has been two years since we have seen him produce a new one. It has been worth the wait. "The Physics Book" is a perfect companion to his work of 2009, "The Math Book." Both books present us with 250 milestones in their fields. However, their temporal scopes differ. While "The Math Book" covers a period from 150 million BC to 2007, seemingly a good chunk of time, "The Physics Book" outdoes it by orders of magnitude in both the past and the future. "The Physics Book" starts with the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, and as if that is not enough, goes past 100 trillion years into the future to finish with Quantum Resurrection.

For each milestone, there is a page of explanation facing a full-page image, which illustrates the milestone. The images include photos, works or art, and even U.S. patents. My favorite images are the close-up photo of a hand holding a boomerang, a bowling ball plummeting from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a supernova explosion. One charm of the book is that the images are not always the expected ones. For example, Pickover's idiosyncratic world view shines through in his use of a muskrat standing in for Brownian Motion. According to the book jacket, the author's inventiveness has resulted in over seventy U.S. patents. This inventiveness is apparent in the choice of images.

Going cover-to cover, I see several themes emerge. The first is the physics of the very large: cosmology and astronomy. The second is that of the very small: particles, waves, and quantum mechanics. These two themes run from the very beginning to the very end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and Informative 30 Jan 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in scientific knowledge and inventions.
It is ideal to browse through and presents the information in an easy to understand format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good physics book 27 Dec 2012
By hazb
Format:Hardcover
This book is very good at presenting each individual concepts of physics as it explains it in adept detail which makes learning very easy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not that bad,but... 30 Mar 2012
By kk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I expected more form this book - the pic are not good and its written for ages between 10-14 ...do not buy it if you have any culture in physics
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Physics Book - for any occasion and mood 10 Oct 2011
By Teja K.
Format:Hardcover
I agree with Mr. Moskowitz's review above, The Physics Book is another marvel written by Dr. Cliff Pickover. A perfect birthday, Christmas, or any-other-occasion gift for inquiring minds and eyes that like to feast on beauty.
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