For more than thirty years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walter Lewin honed his singular craft of making physics not only accessible but truly fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball, supercharging himself with three hundred thousand volts of electricity, or demonstrating why the sky is blue and why clouds are white. Now, as Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Lewin takes readers on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. “I introduce people to their own world,” writes Lewin, “the world they live in and are familiar with but don’t approach like a physicist—yet.”
“For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics and brilliance as a teacher. Hopefully, this book will bring even more people into the orbit of this extraordinary educator and scientist. ”
– Bill Gates
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In a nod to the highly-anticipated start of the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland this June (which, despite speculation and the lawsuit filed in March, will not destroy the Earth), we’re highlighting two exciting and new physics-centered novels:
In this fast-paced action-thriller, Einstein WAS able to bring together quantum mechanics and particle physics in a single unified theory. Realizing the horrifying weapons potential of the discovery (after all, his theory of relativity provided the groundwork for the atom bomb), he kept the knowledge a secret. Or did he?
Available in-store June ’08. | Read the NYT review
Nathan Nelson is the son of a genius physicist, who – despite all preparation for greatness and much to his father’s chagrin – remains completely average. That is, until Nathan is involved in a serious accident. After regaining consciousness, he finds that there is much, much more to his mind than he ever thought possible.
Paperback available July ’08, hardcover available now.