[Download] For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - a Journey Through the Wonders of Physics By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein

For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - a Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

By: Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
Narrated by: Kent Cassella
Length: 10 hours
Release date: Aug 1, 2011
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (49 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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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.
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25 Responses to “[Download] For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time – a Journey Through the Wonders of Physics By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein”

  1. Curtis Santora

    A Professor with enormous talent and heart
    An inspiration for all ages, masterfully presented and written. Thoughtfully crafted to deliver maximum effect for the reader. Solid piece of work, timeless.

  2. Errol Ketteringham

    A Wonderful Listen
    Any additional comments?

  3. Deonna Selvaggio

    Discussion of Physics
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  4. Kieth Orlof

    Probably a good book if you attended his classes
    Would you try another book from Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein and/or Kent Cassella?

  5. Nathan Chavez

    Mind Blown
    this was a fantastic introduction to the world of physics! to be honest I have never taken a physics class and felt that this might be a bit daunting to understand but the subject matter was broken down and made digestible and comprehensible. enjoyed the book so much that I went to youtube to watch his videos.

  6. Noelia Sier

    physics is not boring
    this is a great book. it will make you look at the world and universe with renewed fascination you will not be disappointed get this book

  7. Vance Trafford

    Understanding of what confused you in class
    I wish I had this professor in High school and College. I have always loved physics but didn’t quite get it enough that I could peruse it. This Professor explains things in a humorous that brings it to reality for you. It shows you how physics works in the world around you and gives you a basis to grow from, which is what is required to grasp the more intricate and mathematical parts of physics.

    Its an awesome book for those who just want to know what the point to physics is. It is an awesome book for those who what an launching point into greater physics. the professor / writer is witty, entertaining and informative. the Narrator communicates all of that in his tone as he reads through this book and keeps you actively listening.

  8. Dewitt Krahn

    I like it very very good
    book i enjoy. good explain world. funny so good laugh. good teacher learn much for me.

  9. Dannette Manzur

    Fun, but deep
    I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but must admit there was much I didn’t understand as he goes pretty deep into space. Great nuggets throughout though.

  10. Customer

    Good relatively broad intro
    Too much astrophysics. Wish I had known table of contents prior to purchasing the book.

  11. Milton Bockelman

    Mind-numbing boredom
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  12. Benito Bonina

    Interesting-but too many science formulas
    Any additional comments?

  13. Tuan Lease

    Stay on Topic Please
    A very useful book. I do not pretend to understand all these science books I keep reading (!), but I am getting more and more inside my head. Lewin is very good at making things interesting, particularly when he draws upon our real life experiences as examples. So why 3 stars? I am not anti- Semitic…nor anti American… nor anti anything like that but please…please Mr. Lewin…why the heck should I Iisten to long monologues on your father and the holocaust? There are books on that subject, I have read several, and their authors did not digress into physics. They left you to do that…rather well. In other words, hijacking my interest to provide a soapbox for your inner, irrelevant thoughts is offensive to me.

  14. Amparo B.

    Too much detail that obscures the true stories
    Would you try another book from Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein and/or Kent Cassella?

  15. Mary Prows

    part of the establishment?
    I’m not a physicist or an expert, so correct me if I’m wrong.
    I’m surprised and confused, why this author didn’t include a drop of info about Nikola Tesla, even in the section that discusses electromagnetic fields, d.c. motors, and such. It makes me wonder if he was ignorant about Tesla’s contribution, or if he’s just part of the J.P. Morgan empire.
    He even says there is no “energy free-lunch”. As far as I understand, Tesla was working on exactly that issue… providing “free electricity” to the world. J.P. Morgan wouldn’t fund the project because he didn’t want the world to have free electricity.

  16. doris choo

    Better to be one of his student . . .
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

  17. Amazon user

    Just what we were hoping
    Listened to this with my son in grade 11. Cool way to share our interest in science with good balance between anecdotes and higher level info, but gets a little heady to listen to all the tech/formulas at the end. We like a challenge though so really fun good listen overall.

  18. Andrzej

    2 books in one book – strange concept
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  19. Nicholas Tiley

    Walter Lewin is very entertaining
    It is obvious that Walter Lewin is in love with physics. His childlike sense of wonder spills out in his writing about everything from light to momentum. I found myself physically smiling on several occasions while listening to this book and commend Lewin for making tough subjects interesting and applicable. If you love physics this book will re-affirm your affections and if you are simply curious then prepare to be drawn in like a tractor beam…….and maybe even learn how that could be possible!!

  20. Danilo Tulip

    unbelievable insight into physics.
    unbelievable insight into physics and an absolute must have for any stem student. no matter who you are you will never look at your world the same way.

  21. Max Dorchy

    Remarkable Book!
    What did you love best about For the Love of Physics?

  22. Gisela Duball

    A pure delight for the layman who wants to know how the engine of the universe works. A must read.

  23. Carmen Bamberger

    More like an autobiography with some physics
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  24. Israel Warsaw

    The title is misleading.
    The bookshould be called “For the love of my vanity”. Lewin writes more about what he wears and his issues with his father than physics.

  25. James

    Great book
    This book covers a wide variety of physics topics and the conceptual ideas behind them. It makes me want to go back to school!

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