In For the Love of
Physics, beloved MIT professor Walter Lewin, whose riveting physics lectures
made him a YouTube superstar, takes readers on a remarkably fun, inventive, and
often wacky journey that brings the joys of physics to life.
For more than thirty years as a renowned professor at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin’s lectures made physics not only
accessible but fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball,
supercharging himself with three hundred thousand volts of electricity, or
demonstrating why the sky is blue and clouds are white. In For the Love of Physics, Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous
journey, opening our eyes as never before to the wonders of physics and its
amazing ability to reveal the beauty and power embedded in our world.
Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying
down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why
are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, and can we stretch a hand
out and touch one?
Using superbly clear and simple explanations of phenomena
we’ve always wondered about, such as what the big bang would have sounded like
had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin surprises and delights with physics-based
answers to even the most elusive questions.
Whether showing us that a flea is strong enough to pull a
heavy book across a table, or describing the coolest, weirdest facts about the
tiniest bits of matter, Lewin always entertains as he edifies. “For me,” Lewin
writes, “physics is a way of seeing—the spectacular and the mundane, the
immense and the minute—as a beautiful, thrillingly interwoven whole.” For the Love of Physics is a rare gem that
will change the way listeners see the world. Download and start listening now!