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The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by [DK, Jim Al-Khalili]

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The Math Book The Philosophy Book The Mythology Book The Economics Books The Ecology Book The Physics Book
Books in the series This book examines the math behind world economies, secret spies, and modern technology. Explore the history of philosophy and find out how theories from over 2,000 years ago are still relevant to our modern lives. Classic myths retold and explained, from early creation beliefs to classical hero narratives. An essential guide to more than 100 of the big ideas in economic theory and practice. This guide is an essential introduction to the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Examine the history and wider developments in areas such as quantum, nuclear, and particle physics and much more.

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“Readers who want to know more about physics but are intimidated by the subject’s complexity will want to turn to The Physics Book” —Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Foreword writer: Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE FRS, is a physicist, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey. He received his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 and has published over a hundred research papers on quantum physics. His many popular science books have been translated into twenty-six languages. He is a recipient of the Royal Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal. In 2016 he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with his wife Julie. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B082LS3KHT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DK (March 10, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 213679 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 731 pages
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Jetage
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good books for explaining complex ideas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good books for explaining complex ideas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2021
With a strong Physics and Engineering background everything gets REALLY complex and mathematical very quickly when trying to explain some of the concepts. What this style of books does is remind you of some of the basic principles without maths, allowing me to talk to my kids about the things in science that I'm passionate about.

Some of the topics are a little skimmed over, but to be fair they still explain the importance of the ideas. We have the Physics, Technology, and Maths books. All a great style, easily accessible and my 11YO daughter can happily browse without help as the writing style is perfect for her Harry Potter level lexicon.

Across the 3 books we have, some highlights:

Maths: Fourier analysis (weak explanation but conveys the message well), Group theory and the rubix cube, number theory and development.

Technology: Central Heating systems, Helicopters, Lasers, The Internet, Locks, hydraulics

Physics: Quantum field theory (written SO well), nuclear power and bombs, Relatviity

As I said, some incredibly important topics that permeate or lives but kids never get access too until they're grown ups. These books help provide the context for amazing scientific and mathematical discoveries. Stay with me here, but I believe that scientific fields have now advanced so far into areas completely inaccessible to the lay person that a sense of distrust and knowledge elitism has overwhelmed the amazing work our human society is doing. So what these books do amazingly well is help to bridge this gap, and help any reader to feel like the topics are more inclusive to them. And this is what great writing and education is all about. (Sorry, rant over).
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3.0 out of 5 stars True or false?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars True or false?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2020
Beautiful book! But - can my 15 year old son trust the content though? Copernicus may have studied in Italy, does it mean he was Italian?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2020
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Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2021
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Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2021
I purchased this book as I have a huge interest in physics even though I’m an organic chemist. The book is well structured and contains everything you need to know about physics. The foreword by Jim Al Khalili is inspiring and written eloquently. I have been a fan of his for many years. He is a brilliant physicist with excellent knowledge on the subject. I love the idea of “in context” as it gives you a quick introduction to the historical aspect of the subject. I would highly recommend this book to for both children and adults alike. In my opinion it is one of the best physics books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Physics
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2020
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