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by Michael Munowitz

  • ISBN: 0195167376
  • Category: Other
  • Author: Michael Munowitz
  • Subcategory: Science & Mathematics
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 432 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
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With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts-but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics.

With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts-but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics. Indeed, there is a world of scientific understanding in the pages of this gracefully written and inviting book, where hundreds of little diagrams substitute for the equations that physicists otherwise need to tell their tale.

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There is nothing more fundamental to everything in the entire universe than theoretical physics, and no subject more .

There is nothing more fundamental to everything in the entire universe than theoretical physics, and no subject more difficult to explain to the non-specialist. In addressing it in the well-titled Knowing, Munowitz has written one of the clearest and most inviting books of science exposition I have ever encountered. -Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature and The Ants.

We ask question after question of an indifferent universe that would just as soon. Start by marking Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Knowing: The Nature of Physical La. In the preface to his new book, science writer Munowitz (Principles of Chemistry) declares that "one should not have to become a professional mathematician or physicist simply to appreciate what is arguably the greatest joy there is: the joy of knowing (just a little bit) how everything is put together.

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Michael Munowitz is a full-time science writer. A graduate of Yale University, he earned a P. in chemical physics from Harvard University and has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Leiden and the University of California, Berkeley

Michael Munowitz is a full-time science writer. in chemical physics from Harvard University and has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Leiden and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Naperville, Illinois. Country of Publication.

With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts - but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics. Glimpse a world of scientific understanding in the pages of this book, where hundreds of little diagrams substitute for the equations that physicists otherwise need to tell their tale.

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We ask question after question of an indifferent universe that would just as soon remain mute; and slowly, patiently, one sentence at a time, we write our own version of the book of nature. It is called science, from the Latin word for knowledge, and it is a book everybody should read. With simplicity and elegance, Knowing interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts--but especially for those hoping to appreciate the beauty of physics without getting lost in the mathematics. Indeed, there is a world of scientific understanding in the pages of this gracefully written and inviting book, where hundreds of little diagrams substitute for the equations that physicists otherwise need to tell their tale. Readers will discover the way things work: how big things (like Earth or Moon) come from small things (like quarks and electrons), how tiny particles push and pull, and how the world hangs in the balance. We learn how an "unbiased" observer and a fixed speed of light, nothing else, conjure up E=mc2 and four-dimensional space-time. We see how Newton's clockwork universe of unwavering determination differs (but not in every respect) from Heisenberg's quantum universe of hazy uncertainty. And we see how a world of chaos throws a wrench into everybody's mechanical ideal. From tiny atoms to vast galaxies, the universe is ours to explore and to know: its particles, its interactions, its laws, its unending surprises. Heavily illustrated with explanatory drawings and diagrams--perhaps no other science book for general readers uses diagrams so extensively--Knowing takes us to the edge of modern science, allowing us to peer in further than we would have dreamed possible.
Reviews about Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law (7):
Trash
This book is a great way for the casual scientist to understand the basic foundations of some of the more complex and challenging theories in science in a user friendly manner. One can come away with an understanding of motion in space-time without having to learn for example, the details of the Lorentz transformation. This book like Valium is not a sleep aid.
FEISKO
Very interesting, I bought this book after returning one I borrowed from a library.
Samuhn
This is an excellent book whether you have some basic science or whether (like me) you studied science some years back without fully understanding some of it (i.e. knowing the how, not the why; the effect, not the cause).

It is written in a very unusual, but very useful style for a science book, but some of the analogies are great in helping you connect the various dots in everything from classical to quantum physics and current developments.

As always you come away with more quesions that answered, but at least now you can understand why those questions exist.
lacki
I enjoyed the clarity of this book so much that I bought his Principles of Chemistry and, indeed, Principles also proves his expertise in both the subject of science and his writing ability. If you're interested in the topic of Knowing and you tend to read books in this area, I'd recommend that you read this one, too, even if you get it from the library (as I did). Anyone who might be put to sleep reading this either is way out in front of the rest of us on the topic or he really doesn't have any interest in the topic. Other than those two categories, I really believe it's worth the read.
Dancing Lion
This is an excellent book. As stated in the book, the information is savagely abridged, but it allows Munowitz to touch on an abundant amount of info. It is also very easy to understand. I admit some of the illustrations could have been a bit different, but overall this is a marvelous book. Especially considering what a quick read it is, and how much info you pull from it.
Ckelond
Better set an alarm clock if you're going read this book. Chapter 1 is like dropping Valium, Chapter 2 is like dropping Valium with a shot of whiskey, by Chapter 5 you'll probably slip into a coma. The author tries to wax and wane poetic, but comes off redundant. In one paragraph he actually uses the same sentence 4 times. In place of mathematical formula, he uses pictures. It just doesn't work.
Rleillin
Starts with the basics and continues beyond my ability to comprehend.

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