Synopses & Reviews
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013
If you ever regretted not taking physics in collegeor simply want to know how to think like a physicistthis is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Challenging, lucid, and concise, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.
Wall Street Journal, Best Books of 2013
Every minute of our lives is now dependent on technology, yet the wonders of basic science are foreign to many of us. Everyone who remembers even a bit of math should read this inviting and accessible account of what you need to know to start doing physics.”
Wall Street Journal
So what do you do if you enjoyed science at school or college but ended up with a different career and are still wondering what makes the universe tick?.... Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovskys The Theoretical Minimum is the book for you. In this neat little book the authors aim to provide the minimum amount of knowledge you need about classical physics...to gain some real understanding of the world.... They do so with great success
. Along the way you get beautifully clear explanations of famously difficult things like differential and integral calculus, conservation laws and what physicists mean by symmetries.... Messrs. Susskind and Hrabovskys book is a powerful exposition of why science is real and a counter to the kind of wishful thinking employed by people who, for whatever reason, reject the scientific worldview.”
Science Blogs: Built on Facts
[A] charming and erudite instance of a genre with very few members — a pop-physics book with partial differential equations on a good fraction of the pages.... More impressive still is that the book entirely resists the temptation to skip to the good stuff — quantum mechanics and so on. This is a book which is purely about classical mechanics.... [S]ucceeds admirably in its goal. It presents classical mechanics in all its glory, from forces to Hamiltonians to symmetry and conservation laws, in a casual but detailed style.”
Scientific American's Cocktail Party Physics blog
Its clear, insightful, and designed for those hardcore physics fans whove read all the popular treatments and now might be interested in moving out of the armchair into the real action of actually engaging in theoretical physics.”
Very readable. Abstract concepts are well explained....[The Theoretical Minimum] provide[s] a clear description of advanced classical physics concepts, and gives readers who want a challenge the opportunity to exercise their brain in new ways.”
Home Education Magazine
In combination with the online lectures, The Theoretical Minimum provides the student who is proficient in algebra, trigonometry and calculus a thorough introduction to theoretical physics.”
Not Even Wrong
[Q]uite good.... The style is breezy and colloquial, with lots of nice explanations of some of the basic concepts of physics. Its wonderful to see Poisson brackets appearing and nicely explained in a popular book destined to be displayed at bookstores everywhere.”
Sean Carroll, physicist, California Institute of Technology, and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe
What a wonderful and unique resource. For anyone who is determined to learn physics for real, looking beyond conventional popularizations, this is the ideal place to start. It gets directly to the important points, with nuggets of deep insight scattered along the way. I'm going to be recommending this book right and left.”
About the Author
has been the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University since 1978. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
George Hrabovsky is the president of Madison Area Science and Technology (MAST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific and technological research and education. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.