- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane (29 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846147980
- ISBN-13: 978-1846147982
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics Hardcover – 29 Jan 2013
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What a wonderful and unique resource. For anyone who is determined to learn physics for real, looking beyond conventional popularizations, this is the ideal place to start. It gets directly to the important points, with nuggets of deep insight scattered along the way. I'm going to be recommending this book right and left (Sean Carroll, physicist and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe)
So what do you do if you enjoyed science at school or college but ended up with a different career and are still wondering what makes the universe tick? . . . The Theoretical Minimum is the book for you. In this neat little book the authors aim to provide the minimum amount of knowledge you need about classical physics . . . to gain some real understanding of the world . . . They do so with great success . . . Along the way you get beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult' things like differential and integral calculus, conservation laws and what physicists mean by symmetries (John Gribbin Wall Street Journal)
"Beautifully clear explanations of famously'difficult' things"-Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I've deducted a star though, because the book is rife with errors. Just have a look at the errata at madscitech.org, it's huge. Spelling mistakes are fine but errors in equations can really lead you astray.
I thought this book would be a proxy for the notes but one that can be read independently. And it is, and it has the material. The problem to watch out for is that an issue is laid out and the foundations prepared then an equation will appear which is supposed to explain everything but it doesn't. It's a step too far. It's like there's a missing link. So in this sense it is frustrating because then its necessary to go to another book or web site to find the connection.
It also presents problems but the solutions are not in the book. They are on-line in a PDF which you have to download and print out separately. Why?
This could be a great book. After some revisions it may well be but not at the moment. It's written by someone who is good at Physics, for whom this all makes sense. I think George is not able to see when the leaps he makes, which are just common sense to him, are a challenge for the person trying to gain that sense.
baggage found in more formal texts. Having covered Newtonian mechanics he very quickly introduces the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian view, with just enough math to grasp the essentials. The overall aim is to provide the reader with insight to his other book, Quantum Mechanics a Theoretical Minimum. If you have a passing interest in the subject and do not want to plough through a two year math course then this book fulfills the purpose. Examples and exercises are provided throughout which can be tackled by anyone with basic high school math skills.
The books themselves, including the Quantum Mechanics book, look quite good at first glance, but it's a one start rating for the re-naming of the book.
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The right book arrived within the time that Amazon estimated. Whether it's a good book of its kind is for a physicist to say.Published 9 months ago by CCE
An excellent readable account of all that a student of physics would expect from Leonard Susskind, an eminent physicist. Read morePublished 17 months ago by al-Farabi
Excellent book - bought the hard copy version in a bookshop and also the kindle version from amazonPublished 22 months ago by J. H. G. Edwards
Friendly and yet thorough and rigorous i.e. a pure challenge.
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Excellent if you already have a good grasp of the calculus otherwise it will be difficult to get beyond the first few chapters but that is what you should have expected.Published on 25 Mar. 2015 by Mr. P. K. Nicol
A really good introduction to quantum mechanics for a self studier like me.Published on 17 Nov. 2014 by Mike C
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