- Hardcover: 175 pages
- Publisher: Readers Digest (5 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606521675
- ISBN-13: 978-1606521670
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
E=MC2: Simple Physics Why Balloons Rise, Apples Fall, and Golf Balls Go Awry Hardcover – 5 Aug 2010
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I've long been a physics buff, but I think even someone not so inclined would enjoy reading this book just because it's humorous. For those of us who are partial to this topic, it makes for a light-hearted review that sure beats dragging out a few dozen big books to jog those memory cells.
Physics can be daunting (I found mechanical physics very challenging, when I first encountered it in college), especially if you get bogged down in the math and are not the kind of person who does math problems for entertainment. This book uses simple math, so you aren't going to be confronting difficult equations or lines of Greek letters. The author skips those equations, but does use examples from the classic physics literature (physics buffs will recognize them). He also uses some that are simpler variations or just new.
This book contains no factual errors, or at least I did not notice any. The grammar and writing are also flawless. And the author sticks to the topic of the book, which is commendable in today's nonfiction world.
Something I run into frequently is the person who does not understand basic physics. For some reason, this always astounds me. It seems inexplicable. But with this book now available, nobody has any excuse!
When you understand the basic concepts of physics, you have huge cognitive and perceptual advantages over the person who does not. If you have this understanding, I don't need to explain this. If you don't have this understanding, an explanation of the advantages it brings is not the solution you need. The understanding itself is. You can get that understanding with this book, and have a lot of fun doing so.
This book consists of 10 chapters in 170 pages in a small format book (about the height and width of a typical paperback novel). It has an index and a metric conversion table.
The author starts off by giving us a brief history of physics, in Chapter 1. And it really is brief. You get the major points, and they are good to know. For people who want more, there are books and movies on individual physicists, on all areas of physics history.
Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 respectively cover forces, energy and power, momentum, heat and matter, waves, and electricity.
Chapter 8 discusses Relativity, which is almost synonymous with Einstein. Naturally, that discussion is followed by one on Quantum Physics in Chapter 9.
The final chapter looks at some of the questions physicists and astronomers are trying to answer about the universe.
This is a great book to add to any nonfiction collection. It would be great for schools to use this in the classroom, but my experience also indicates that many adults would benefit from reading it.
The author talks about many subjects - momentum, gravity, electricity, waves, theory of relativity, and I find that all chapters are engaging and easy to understand thanks to the provided examples and humor.
I enjoy reading this book and I found myself reading same chapters several times simply for the entertainment value.
Many of the theories in the book will not surprise the reader, such as the laws of gravity (several taped together apples will fall to the ground at the same time), but other theories are a bit of a surprise after all and are just plain fun (you drive at 22mph, the police pass you at 68 mph, an erroneous speeding ticket may be in your future).
The book stays true to its theoretical roots, and puts Einstein against Galileo and Newton against others by continuously summarizing and developing on the intricate layers of theoretical thought on the topic - then peeling back the layers again for a closer look with easy to understand examples. This book is for students, adults interested in scientific thought, or even a general audience of anyone curious about the formal laws of science affecting our world.