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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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