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In this book, Joanne Baker unravels the complexities of 20th-century scientific theory for a general readership. She explains ideas at the cutting-edge of scientific enquiry, making them comprehensible and accessible to the layperson....

Title : 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
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ISBN : 9781847240071
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-03-10 14:59

    The executive summary: great little book, especially if you are in the humanities and want to learn more about what the "other" side talks about all the time. Elucidation: to me, this book presents itself as setting out to do one thing, and it does it very well - to inform the reader about the basic theories, ideas, and concepts that are some of the most important in physics today. Everything from parallax to black holes and so on. What this book does well is not only give you simple, easy to understand examples, but it also gives you the basic, core concepts of the idea that is currently being discussed so that one can do what is most critical when talking/discussing such ideas - truly understand them so they can be discussed intelligently and coherently. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever want to know EXACTLY what the theory of relativity is, or how orbits function, or any of the other topics that are in this book. It doesn't get bogged down with a lot of formulas and equations (something I am not particularly fond of, though I understand the need and importance of them), and it often uses simple and easy-to-understand examples when explaining concepts. Some people might say that this book is light on the actual math - that is a good thing in this case. There is a huge difference that some science people don't see. It's been my experience that sometimes people who live this stuff are too blinded by their own enthusiasm for the issue, which isn't bad but can be frustrating (for all involved). Alternately, the other instance is when people who live this stuff can become too "Sheldon-esque" (Big Bang Theory show reference there) in their attitude as to why they can get and everyone else who can't is a moron. Not everyone is gifted at thinking "science", but many of us want to understand it still, and this book is for them.While knowing the math is critical to working with these concepts, being able to understand them is the first step. More importantly, if people are going to buy-in to such concepts and support them, especially in today's day and age, where science seems to be constantly under attack by religious fundamentalists and anyone else who feels that the science doesn't support their outlook on life, it is critical that the basic understanding of such concepts is supported and encouraged with such books as this one. I won't go into this debate any further other than to say that when people say "I wish I actually understood what XYZ theory is...", I can now point them to this book. Bottom line - quick, easy read (language-wise, as the concepts themselves sometimes take some time to construct mentally). No arcane terms or technical language (not too much, anyways). Each idea is given about 3-4 pages of space, so they can be digested in "chunks" over time. Highly recommend if you are not a "science" person and yet want to know/learn more about the laws of reality that govern our daily life.

  • Eric
    2019-03-01 08:44

    A nice, simple refresher for those of us who haven't gone near physics since the last time it was required course credit. Don't expect to head straight to a career in rocket science after finishing it, but Baker has a good head for clearly explaining the fundamentals of many familiar and some not-so-familiar concepts. Makes for excellent "on the John" reading. Some excellent Newtonian physics on display in your own little home lab.

  • Tyler
    2019-02-26 13:42

    Feynman was so taken with his diagrams that he painted them on the side of his van. When someone asked why, he replied simply “because I’m Richard Feynman.”

  • Menglong Youk
    2019-02-22 11:44

    50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know is a collection of, you guess it, ideas from classical physics to modern physics. It highlights important moments of the discoveries in summaries with short biography of the prominent figures that developed the ideas. I'd recommend this book to those who need to look up at what we have gone so far in physics in a short reading, but I wouldn't recommend it to those who don't have background in physics or those who want the details of the ideas presented in the book.

  • Tyrannosaurus regina
    2019-03-17 12:33

    One of my great regrets is that I never studied physics in high school. I've done a lot of reading since then, but it's hard to make up for that lack of fundamental understanding. I was hoping this book might give me some of that while speaking at a level I could understand, and while I suppose to some extent it did, there were still times when it went over my head (as well as, to my surprise, a couple of times I understood more than was described), and it wasn't as engaging as I hoped. Science generally gets me pretty excited, but my eyes did glaze over from time to time. Still, it was a good broad view of some fundamental principles, and if what it did was lead me to read some more on a few of the subjects, well, I guess I'd have to call that successful.

  • Christine
    2019-02-20 10:52

    Like chocolates for the logic side of my brainThis is a lovely, lightly humorous, entirely enjoyable book that's chock full of brain-bending information. I love it because it seems geared toward intermediate-level readers--much more meat & potatoes than an "intro to.." book, without scaring anybody off by cutting straight to the math. I do want to delve more deeply into the mathematical side of physics; but I want to understand its beautiful abstract concepts first.This is a great book for that. :)

  • David Schuster
    2019-02-21 09:54

    A cute summary of notable physics concepts with pleasant background info on the scientists. VERY disappointing that one of the books and arts editors of _Nature_ would get things like escape velocity wrong: "A rocket leaving Earth's pull must have this speed." A frictionless golfball, maybe, Dr. Baker. Once properly annotated to correct the five or so glaring errors, you're left with a nice intro to physics concepts, chock full of British spellings. At least she knows what a billion is.

  • Krista
    2019-03-04 08:57

    This is a good coffee-table book. There are vignettes about the scientists, a visual timeline, and accessible descriptions. Not in-depth, of course, but I keep forgetting the second law thermodynamics, so now I can just look it up. =)

  • Mariella
    2019-03-05 08:49

    Docela zklamání. Na jednu stranu jsem ráda, že tomu rozumím a z té maturity si ještě něco pamatuji, ale... Matematika z téhle edice mi přišla mnohem lepší. Tady jsem měla problém trochu s obsahem (občas lehce zmatené, opakování jednoho faktu na několika po sobě jdoucích stránkách), ale i českým vydáním - překladatel i redakce. Jako jo, kniha o fyzice, ale ani tam pravopisné chyby nepatří.

  • Natalia Fredes
    2019-02-22 12:36

    Interesante. Básico

  • Steve
    2019-03-17 14:36

    From Brownian motion to black holes, from dark matter to antimatter, 50 key key physics topics are presented here in the same 4-page format as other Quercus titles in the series, with quotes, mini biographies and other side panels livening up each essay. The timeline along the bottom is useful in showing when certain ideas (neutron stars, anti-particles, etc) were predicted to exist, and then when they were actually detected - information which, beyond being a validation of the individual ideas, also serves as an interesting tribute to the scientific method itself. Given how difficult it is to condense certain scientific ideas into 4 pages, it's not surprising that some explanations are more successful than others. There are a few places where topics feel uncomfortably shoe-horned in to fit within the page limit (superconductivity for instance), whereas others - like the Bernoulli equation - seem spread out a little too thinly. All-in-all though, it's not so bad. Should at least be interesting and useful to anyone seeking a general introductory (or refresher) guide to physics.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-28 09:49

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It's only a couple hundred pages but took a lot longer to read in order to absorb all the concepts. My background is not physics, but business and aerospace. I do fine with Newtonian physics but the quantum stuff was all new to me. It would take double or triple the time to read each chapter (3-4 pages) because it inevitably triggered some broader questions that had to be researched online. This is a great introduction to some of the major scientific discoveries in the last 200 or so years. It's written for the layman and reads well. My only criticism would be that some concepts were not explained thoroughly (triggering the "why?").

  • Danya Bakhbakhi
    2019-03-20 13:46

    Neat simple explanations to 50 physics principles. Four pages for each one; combined with timelines that follow those concepts from the first time they were observed to be mentioned up to date; interesting, insightful quotes; And separated boxes for further explanations, clarifications and (best part) short summaries of scientist and physicists history which pretty much humanized those figures to the people they were.Not much math to be expected but all in all it was a refreshing read.

  • David Joseph
    2019-02-25 11:38

    Really fun, accessible Intro. Really engaging.I do have a beef though. Nowhere in the book does the author point out why anyone "really needs to know" any of them.I was left thinking to myself only, " Yeah, physics is cool." I gave it a fourth star anyway. I was happy to find a physics text that clearly pointed to the places where observation stops and a careful philosophical examination begins.

  • Mike
    2019-02-22 15:32

    This is a book written with the layman in mind. It gives clear and concise explanations on 50 different physics theories, without burying you in advanced math. Each thought or principal takes up 4 pages, and there is a little bit of history of the people behind the ideas.If you are interested in physics but don't understand the advanced math, then this is a good book to read. It goes above the basic ideas, but it keeps it in plain English.

  • Louise
    2019-02-18 13:50

    Despite never going beyond basic physics in science class in early high school, I've always had a soft spot for it. Since then I've read what I can about it but have sometimes got lost reading about certain physics principles I don't know much about. This book was an excellent primer and something I'd actually come back to to refresh my memory. Great for an intro and overview - and even readable enough to read cover to cover.

  • Laine Cunningham
    2019-03-05 16:34

    Great reference book for basic ideas. A nice addition was the use of sidebars; most were personal details about the different scientists whose ideas were discussed in each section. I didn't understand some of the mathematical items...I suppose they weren't explained well enough for true mainstream folks. However, much of the information was presented well enough that I understood the concepts. And that's why I read this book!

  • Adam
    2019-02-24 10:55

    Mind blowing? Not. Decent reader which introduces new topics whilst upon the porcelain throne? Yes.Each topic receives four pages of attention. Ideas are expressed overwhelming, disappointingly, in text only. Token equations would have been welcome. Such as seen in this publishers similar Schwifty Math Ideas. Unless you gots a major chubbs for physics and lack any STEM capacity a different volume would suit your multitasking evacuatory needs.

  • Haya Dodokh
    2019-03-01 12:31

    A brilliant summation of the ideas, people and events that have shaped the field since its inception. Delightful, inspiring, informative and educative.This book provides a very interesting overview to some truly wonderful concepts for the ones who just start reading about physics. The great thing though is that this is a book you can pick up and read and then come back to it later and read a couple more chapters. The writing style is entertaining and informative so check it out.

  • Abdullah Al-uthman
    2019-02-23 11:34

    This book explains the origins and the history behind the most fundamental physics laws.It starts by giving a brief explanation of the law, a brief history about its discoverer, and then talks about the impact of the law.It is also notable that at the bottom of every page, you will find the historical timeline concerning the law, which is really a convenient thing to get your head wrapped around the history.

  • Vilém Zouhar
    2019-03-15 14:32

    As with the first book from this series (50 ideas you really need to know) that I've read, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately sometimes I felt that some topics were far too closely related (the whole atom part) and I longed for something new. Suitable for those unfamiliar with some of the greatest physics ideas.

  • Jaspreet Singh
    2019-03-05 10:39

    This book is a very easy read yet profound and gives the gist of the greatest laws of physics in just 4 pages per law. Along with science, Joanne Baker included inventor's personal life stories and timelines from conception to realization which for sure help one remembers these great ideas for a long time

  • Shiva
    2019-03-15 12:34

    50 important physics theories, which are each shortly explained in four pages with extra fun inclusions like timeline, biography of the physicist who coined them and several famous quotes.As mentioned on the dust cover flap, the author makes complex and challenging concepts comprehensible to the layperson . A lovely coffee table read and a very quick updation for the non-specialist.

  • Natbas
    2019-02-22 08:52

    concise information of important and current topics in physics. Not text-book. Popular appeal. Superb layout.Each chapter has a few paragraphs on the life of a scientist, a timeline and a quote that views the subject in a different light. There is a condensed idea at the end of the chapter. Easy reading for the beginner.

  • Victoria
    2019-02-21 10:55

    Un libro bastante interesante a nivel divulgativo para una idea general de conceptos que se usan habitualmente (la velocidad Match, por ejemplo)pero siendo bastante ameno no es demasiado explicativo pasando por las explicaciones a un nivel de conocimientos de física de bachillerato.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-24 09:59

    This is a pretty simple little coffee table book. However it does contain a brief overview of the 50 "biggest" physics idea. It is a good refresher for those who already understand the ideas, probably a little overwhelming for those who don't.

  • Bader
    2019-03-03 10:56

    It's an amazing word called physics. This book is a wrap-up on the major theories and breakthroughs. I enjoyed reading it and got stuck somehow in both quantum and space and time sections; apparently it's not my preferred area :D.

  • Sunchaser1203
    2019-02-26 12:55

    I probably should still have this as a "want to read" because I've tried twice so far and just can't get it. I want to, though!

  • Patricia
    2019-03-09 10:55

    The executive summary is enticing, might just change my perception about physics! Am off the get myself a copy

  • Morganamr
    2019-03-06 14:51