Synopses & Reviews
Lewis Carroll Epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. Thinking Physics is a perfect beginnerand#8217;s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. The book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. Epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood and#151; such as how tides work and#151; along with more obscure but fascinating phenomena like the and#147;Bernoulli suband#8221; and the and#147;artificial auroraand#8221; created by hydrogen bombs. Broken into many short sections and peppered with Epsteinand#8217;s own playful hand-drawn illustrations, the book does not simply give the right answer: It also goes into the answers that seem right but are wrong and shows why they are wrong and#151; a rarity in science books. Thinking Physics is a rigorously correct, lighthearted, and cleverly designed Q and A book for physicists of all ages.