For the Love of Physics- From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time
About The Book:
Professor Walter Lewin was known for his unorthodox methods of teaching physics in the classroom at MIT. His video tutorials on YouTube are hugely popular.In For the Love of Physics, he brings that informal and entertaining approach to teaching physics in text format.
Beginning with the simple question of why the sky is blue, he explains the principle of scattering of light. He then goes on to other physics concepts that take the reader on a journey. As the first chapter aptly puts it, from the nucleus to deep space.
“YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE” is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. “I walk with a new spring in my step and I look at life through physics-colored eyes,” wrote one such fan. When Lewin’s lectures were made available online.
He became an instant YouTube celebrity, and The New York Times declared, “Walter Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube’s greatest hits.”
For more than thirty years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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.”
With this book for the love of physics, the reader can actually begin to understand the rules that govern the world we live in. The author explains in a simple, engaging style, the laws of physics behind everything we see around us – electricity, magnetism, the laws of motion, gravity, measurements, and other interesting topics like rainbows and black holes.
So, did anyone know that the statement that one is taller lying down than standing up is actually true? The author proves this by measuring a student standing up, and then lying down. He explains that gravity compresses the soft tissues between the vertebrae in our spines when standing.
Lying down, the tissues expand, so the difference in length. This truth, which the author’s grandmother knew, was not so obvious to scientists. Earlier, astronauts complained that their suits did not fit them in outer space. The reduced gravity made them taller.
Peppered with a lot of such interesting facts, this book will persuade even the most reluctant of readers to tread the waters, and then plunge deep into the world of physics. Through this book, readers may emerge with a love for the subject or develop a new perspective to the world around them.
About Walter Lewin:
Walter Hendrik Gustav Lewin (born January 29, 1936) is a Dutch astrophysicist and former professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.. His teaching style was always hands-on as he firmly believes that physics is fundamentally an experimental science.for the love of physics is one of the best book for undrstanding physics.
Another book by the author is Compact Stellar X-ray Sources.
His dynamic and informal style of writing and teaching captures the attention of even people who do not have a science background. This style helps in understanding complex concepts in physics easily.
Born in 1936 in Netherlands, Lewin moved to the US in 1966 when he joined MIT as a post-doctoral associate. He soon became an assistant professor. His passion for physics and his interest in communicating the beauty of physics to others made him stay at MIT as a professor, teaching core courses in physics.
He has received many awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Award and the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. MIT has posted several video lectures by Professor Walter Lewin at MITOpenCourseWare site, and they are also available on YouTube. His lecture videos are quite popular, attracting a wide audience.