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Nothing to rave about - much better physics popularisers around
on 22 May 2012
While I'm sure Dr Lewin excells in his lectures (I have not seen any yet), this book probably does them no justice, I hope... I had high hopes when I bought this book from its back cover reviews and paralleling it with Feynman books, but after the first few pages it became clear it was NO Feynman crafted book, any one with even a basic O level in physics would fall asleep reading it in many places - not all. And, as as Lewin points out, 'there are no faint hearts at MIT' he certainly makes that point justice when he tells you repeatedly about his PhD, Dutch educational system, and about Werner von Braun being a war crimminal without whom of couse, much, if not all, of his raving about deep field astronomy would never have happned at least with a Hubble telescope bearing the American flag. A book that would have been better by the absence of chapter 1. A life changer it is definitely not. If you love physics stick with Feynman and Asimov albeit they are quite dated books by now. However to be fair as an introduction of the marvells of physics, to the non-physicist, it can appeal due to its contemporay topics.