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A clearly written introduction to the main ideas,
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This review is from: 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) (Hardcover)
I am a non-physicist and a non-scientist, so I am coming at this book purely from the perspective of a layperson who is seeking to know more about a complex subject. This book fits the bill. In format it follows the others in the series. It breaks the subject up into 50 separate topics and provides a 4 page article on each, with timelines at the bottom of each page and little textboxes containing additional info; biographies and the like. I can't vouch for whether everything is 100% accurate, I'll leave that to those with a physics background, but what it does do is to explain complex ideas in a way that is (mostly) comprehensible to me.
It covers a huge variety of important ideas; Newton's laws, relativity, quantum theory, conservation of energy, chaos theory and the big bang amongst others. Like others in the series it is well written and set out and not aimed at the specialist. The book is also well presented and is supplied in hardback. Good value at the list price, excellent value at Amazon's price. As a well written and interesting introduction for the lay reader I recommend this book.