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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402778619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402778612
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Clifford A. Pickover received his PhD from Yale in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and has written more than 40 books and over 200 articles on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human intelligence, time travel, alien life, religion, and the history of science. . Currently, he is an associate editor for several scientific journals and holds over 60 U.S. patents for inventions dealing with computer graphics and interfaces. His research has received considerable attention from such media outlets as CNN, the Discovery Channel, The New York Times, and WIRED, and his Web site, www.pickover.com, has received millions of visits.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moskowitz on Oct. 23 2011
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Although Clifford Pickover is the author of over forty books, it has been two years since we have seen him produce a new one. It has been worth the wait. "The Physics Book" is a perfect companion to his work of 2009, "The Math Book." Both books present us with 250 milestones in their fields. However, their temporal scopes differ. While "The Math Book" covers a period from 150 million BC to 2007, seemingly a good chunk of time, "The Physics Book" outdoes it by orders of magnitude in both the past and the future. "The Physics Book" starts with the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, and as if that is not enough, goes past 100 trillion years into the future to finish with Quantum Resurrection.

For each milestone, there is a page of explanation facing a full-page image, which illustrates the milestone. The images include photos, works or art, and even U.S. patents. My favorite images are the close-up photo of a hand holding a boomerang, what looks like a bowling ball plummeting from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a supernova explosion. One charm of the book is that the images are not always the expected ones. For example, Pickover's idiosyncratic world view shines through in his use of a muskrat standing in for Brownian Motion. According to the book jacket, the author's inventiveness has resulted in over seventy U.S. patents. This inventiveness is apparent in the choice of images.

Going cover-to cover, I see several themes emerge. The first is the physics of the very large: cosmology and astronomy. The second is that of the very small: particles, waves, and quantum mechanics. These two themes run from the very beginning to the very end.
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This is an incredible overview and timeline of a subject that scares many people intellectually. It's the perfect starter book for anyone interested in physics and I use it as my coffee table book to intrigue visitors. The concise nature of each milestone will entice anyone who is interested in the deeper and more amazing finds of our human history. I highly recommend this book especially for teenagers entering the area of science and wondering whether they will take a course in physics. I truly believe this book could ignite passions in students and it should be recommended reading for all high school students.
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A great fact-filled book for the casual reader. Each page tells a differnt story so you can read a few pages, or a whole bunch in one sitting. I leave it on the coffee table and let my teen kids skim through it. Great stuff. Lots of great history too.
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