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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Lewin Narrator: Kent Cassella Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781452673745
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"You have changed my life" is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. "I walk with a new spring in my step and I look at life through physics-colored eyes," wrote one such fan. When Lewin's lectures were made available online, he became an instant YouTube celebrity, and the New York Times declared, "Walter Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube's greatest hits." For more than thirty years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin honed his singular craft of making physics not only accessible but truly 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 why clouds are white. Now, as Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist-yet." 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 would it be possible to put our hand out and touch one? Whether introducing why the air smells so fresh after a lightning storm, why we briefly lose (and gain) weight when we ride in an elevator, or what the big bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin never ceases to surprise and delight with the extraordinary ability of physics to answer even the most elusive questions. Recounting his own exciting discoveries as a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy-arriving at MIT right at the start of an astonishing revolution in astronomy-he also brings to life the power of physics to reach into the vastness of space and unveil exotic uncharted territories, from the marvels of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud to the unseeable depths of black holes. "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." His wonderfully inventive and vivid ways of introducing us to the revelations of physics impart to us a new appreciation of the remarkable beauty and intricate harmonies of the forces that govern our lives. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “MIT’s Lewin is deservedly popular for his memorable physics lectures (both live and on MIT’s open course website and YouTube), and this quick-paced autobiography-cum-physics intro fully captures his candor and lively teaching style…joyful…[this text] glows with energy and should please a wide range of readers.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • As joyful as Richard Feynman's Lectures in Physics (but without the math), this text (written with the aid of University of Hartford historian Goldstein) glows with energy and should please a wide range of [listeners]. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/23/2014

    " Great trip down memory lane... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virna | 1/21/2014

    " Wish I've had him for my physics class! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Olesen | 1/20/2014

    " Wow! My notes are almost as long as the book! A wonderful fun romp through the basics of physics by an award-winning MIT teacher of physics. Many of his lectures are available on the web. It is not difficult to understand, even by math-incompetent people like me. The last few chapters are a little more mind-bending, dealing with X-ray stars, singularities, and accretion disks, but have no fear; you can handle this book, and walk away with a greater, painless understanding of the world around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Driscoll | 1/14/2014

    " Absolutely fabulous read!! This is written by a professor of physics who LOVES his work and it really shows. Also explains a lot about physics to those of us who are not/were not physics experts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Pearman | 1/13/2014

    " Very insightful look at physics. Love his enthusiasm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 12/27/2013

    " Marginal if you've studied physics in the past "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 7/9/2013

    " I enjoyed it. I might pick it up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 4/24/2013

    " I'll never look at rainbows (or double bows) the same way. A fascinating everyman-level description of the physics at work in everyday life. The latter chapters get a little too far into astrophysics (x-ray bursters!) for me, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madrezenith | 2/15/2013

    " I feel bad for not finishing this. The guy is obviously brilliant and enthusiastic but it just didn't hold my attention. I might try again sometime. I think for me I would do better with his lectures, I wish I could take his class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Gijzen | 10/9/2012

    " So far I'm loving it. I'm not a beta person at all but he changed my view on physics completely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanner | 8/24/2012

    " The first 2/3rds of the book is Walter Lewin describing cool things in physics. The last 1/3rd is him describing his career in x-ray astronomy, which is pretty cool. All in all it was an interesting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Steinberg | 8/11/2012

    " If ever there was a case of "you had to be there" this is it. I'm sure it was awesome to sit in his class and hear those lectures but the recap is no fun and the tons of hyperlinks in a printed book just seems silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepan | 4/8/2012

    " Doctor Walter was simply amazing. Loved the way he explained the physics of everyday world. Especially the chapters on rainbows, electricity and magnetism were quite interesting. His online videos and lectures act as a very valuable references too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/21/2012

    " The last 1/3 of the book focused on xray astronomy. This subject is very unappealing to me. I gave up on the book after chapter 11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willem | 12/21/2011

    " College in een boek. Een lichtjaar aan kennis erbij "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/9/2011

    " I loved the fact I could understand some of this and glimpse the fascination of physics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Correen | 8/8/2011

    " Lewin is not only a brilliant scientist, he is a wonderful teacher. I learned much and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would especially recommend this author for anyone who teaches science -- or wants to do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Sansone | 8/3/2011

    " To be honest, for some reason, I kind of petered out on this book. I like the author, and his personal story - and I'm sure he is a good teacher. However, this particular book just couldn't hold my interest. Not 100% sure why. "

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About the Author

Walter Lewin taught the three core classes in physics at MIT for more than thirty years and made major discoveries in the area of X-ray astronomy. His physics lectures have been the subject of great acclaim, including a 60 Minutes feature, stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and US News & World Report. They have also been top draws on YouTube and iTunes University. He was awarded three prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He has published more than 450 scientific articles, and his honors and awards include the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, the Alexander von Humboldt Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He became a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Kent Cassella is an actor who divides his time between Vermont and New York. Television and film credits include all of the Law & Order franchise shows, FX’s Rescue Me, Showtime’s Brotherhood, and the Ben Affleck film The Town.