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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.

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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

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  • 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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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.