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For the Love of Physics: from the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

For the Love of Physics: from the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

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By (author) Walter H.G. Lewin, By (author) Warren Goldstein, Narrator Kent Cassella

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 145260374X
  • ISBN 13: 9781452603742
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,378,228

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"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 listeners 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." Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, and would it be possible to put our hand out and touch one? Whether introducing why the air smells so fresh after a lightning storm, why we briefly lose (and gain) weight when we ride in an elevator, or what the big bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin never ceases to surprise and delight with the extraordinary ability of physics to answer even the most elusive questions. Recounting his own exciting discoveries as a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy--arriving at MIT right at the start of an astonishing revolution in astronomy--he also brings to life the power of physics to reach into the vastness of space and unveil exotic uncharted territories, from the marvels of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud to the unseeable depths of black holes. "For me," Lewin writes, "physics is a way of seeing--the spectacular and the mundane, the immense and the minute--as a beautiful, thrillingly interwoven whole." His wonderfully inventive and vivid ways of introducing us to the revelations of physics impart to us a new appreciation of the remarkable beauty and intricate harmonies of the forces that govern our lives.

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Author information

Warren Goldstein is the history department chair at the University of Hartford and the author of books including "Playing for Keeps" and "William Sloane Coffin: A Holy Impatience." Walter Lewin, Professor Emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the NASA Award for Exceptional Sceintific Achievement, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous other awards. Kent Cassella is an actor who divides his time between Vermont and New York. Television and film credits include all of the "Law and Order" franchise shows, FX's "Rescue Me," Showtime's "Brotherhood," and the Ben Affleck film "The Town."

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"As joyful as Richard Feynman's Lectures in Physics (but without the math), this text (written with the aid of University of Hartford historian Goldstein) glows with energy and should please a wide range of [listeners]." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review