While accessible to a wide audience, the book could act as a vade mecum for students studying physics in their final years at school and their introductory courses to modern physics at university. Teachers who adopt the book for their courses may not only find inspirational ideas but also can profit from a Numerical Guide to Superstrings and Other Things. This supplement … offers a comprehensive range of problems, based on the material in the main book. … Given there is a first edition, why should one buy this second edition? The short answer is: more up-to-date content with significantly better presentation. … This book appears excellent for making much of physics more accessible.
—Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2011
I have been teaching introductory physics for non-science majors for a long time and have never been satisfied with the books on the market. Most of these texts are just watered-down versions of the general physics texts for science students. When I read through [these] three books, I really do get a sense that the authors have attempted to create book[s] that [are] somehow different from the normal algebra problem-based texts. I will be using Questioning the Universe: Concepts in Physics
this fall for the science portion of a Science Fiction Learning Community. In the spring, I will be teaching a physics/art history hybrid course and will be using either Superstrings and Other Things: A Guide to Physics, Second Edition
or From Atoms to Galaxies: A Conceptual Physics Approach to Scientific Awareness
. … both are great books. … I really feel that for conceptual physics courses, CRC Press currently has the three strongest titles. I anticipate a fun teaching experience while using these texts and hope to use them again in the future.
—Steve Zides, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Praise for the First Edition
Calle, a NASA Kennedy Space Center research scientist, shares the joy of physics with those who want to learn more about superstring theory, quantum teleportation, and other cosmic ideas.
—Sci-Tech Book News
Illustrated with photographs, drawings, and even cartoons … . written in an accessible style … a fascinating review of and guide to the way the universe works at the most basic level.
… the coverage is genuinely broad and remarkably inclusive.
From the Publisher
Intended for the general reader with an inquiring mind, this guide will also be indispensable to students and scientists in other disciplines, and professionals in non-scientific fields who would like to understand the basic concepts of physics.
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