A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013 A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101--the DIY way The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college--or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist ...
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013 A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101--the DIY way The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college--or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books--which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math--Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind's enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum--the theoretical minimum of the title--that readers need to master to study more advanced topics. An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-11-19 Readers ready to embrace their inner applied mathematician will enjoy this brisk, bare-bones introduction to classical mechanics drawn from Stanford University's "Continuing Studies" program. Although physicist Susskind (The Black Hole War) and science advocate Hrabovsky touch briefly on electricity and magnetism, the book is primarily about mechanics and the motion of particles. The authors open with a look at closed and open systems and the reversibility of physical laws, a concept central to the field. Next are rigorous chapters on trigonometry and vectors, and a no-nonsense intro to differential and integral calculus, and how these tools are used to calculate the motion of objects through space. Not for the faint of heart, successive chapters introduce Newton's law of motion, the complex mathematics of "systems" of particles, phase space, conservation of momentum, and the Principle of Least Action, which allows scientists to "package" a system's velocity, mass, direction, and forces into a single function. The authors intend this book as a toolkit for determined readers who want to teach themselves basic mechanics. Although their discussions are clear enough, even the hardiest reader will want to bring a basic calculus text along for the journey. 62 line drawings. Agent: Katinka Matson, Brockman, Inc. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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