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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science behind the Headlinesby Richard A. Muller
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What does E=mc2 really mean? What is DNA? What was the big bang? These scientific concepts have changed our perception of the world but for many of us they remain mysteries, bits and pieces of information retained from classroom lectures but never truly understood.
Now we can finally grasp the grandeur and complexity of these ideas, and their significance in our lives. Revised and updated to include the latest discoveries that are changing the way we view the world and the universe, this new edition of The Science Class You Wish You Had will take you on a journey through space and time—from the subatomic to the universal. It explains in a lively, accessible way what these milestones of scientific discovery mean and what direct impact they have on our lives today and will have in the future.
For everyone interested in science, history, and biographies of extraordinary people—or anyone who wants to understand the workings of the physical world—this thorough and authoritative book is a perfect introduction to sciences most profound discoveries, and a testament to the triumph of human knowledge.
Newton: Gravity and the Basic Laws of Physics
Rutherford and Bohr: The Structure of the Atom
Einstein: The Principle of Relativity
Hubble: The Big Bang and the Formation of the Universe
Darwin: Evolution and the Principle of Natural Selection
Flemming and Mendel: The Cell and Genetics
Watson and Crick: The Structure of the DNA Molecule
'A triumph.'--Steve Weinberg, Boston Globe
"A must-read for future presidents." --?
We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know'"truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads'"if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening. This book is written in everyday, nontechnical language on the science behind the concerns that our nation faces in the immediate future. Even active readers of serious journalism will be surprised by the lessons that the book contains. It is "must-have" information for all presidents'"and citizens'"of the twenty-first century.
We live in complicated, dangerous times. Barack Obama and his successors will need to know if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and what is the real truth about global warming. This is "must-have" information for all presidents--and citizens--of the twenty-first century. Winner of the 2009 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction.
About the Author
Richard A. Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. His book Physics for Future Presidents is based on his renowned course for non-science students. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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