In his book, Erik Anderson gives a brief introduction to astronomy, planetary science and the history of the world. He portrays our solar system, the universe, creation and life cycles of stars very accurately. He also discusses the existence of other earth-like planets. As the title promises, the book describes a journey through space and time and Anderson manages to create an atmosphere filled with wisdom about the universe. While I wish he would have used real photographs instead of just graphics, the pictures of the night skies compliment this atmosphere.
This book is a collection of short articles which covers a huge spectrum of math. It really is a guided tour of math. It starts very simply by explaining some basic concepts of math, and moves toward the concepts of infinity at the end of the book. Strogatz covers all different mathematical disciplines: algebra, analysis, calculus, probability, number theory, and topology. His explanations are all clear enough that a layperson can understand the mathematical concepts very well.
Why Cats Land on Their Feet: And 76 Other Physical Paradoxes and Puzzles, by Mark Levi - Book Review
This is not the best physics book I have ever read! I have never seen so many physics errors condensed into just one book. I made my own puzzle to find some sections with non-erroneous physics, and that was the toughest puzzle of all. Nope, any attempt at explaining physics accurately is very well hidden. Levi’s physical explanations and arguments are mostly nonsense or just plain wrong. When they’re not wrong, they are weak explanations, or Levi doesn’t get the whole picture of the physics. In a lot of puzzles, when he at least manages to cite a physics law correctly, he still forgets to take into account some other important physics laws.
As Michio Kaku puts it in Physics of the Future, superconductors have the potential to “set off another industrial revolution.” Our society is surrounded by the whir and buzz of technology, from cell phones to cars to automated production lines, all of which run on electricity. Superconductors have the potential to impact all things electrical. In this article we will give a simple description of superconductors and highlight some of the more likely applications for them in the near future: transmission lines and flying cars.
At the end of my freshman year of college I got stuck with the task of cleaning out a refrigerator I’d shared with three other students equally ill-equipped to handle the dizzying freedom of a parent-free kitchen. Much of the food within had been hanging out for the better part of the academic year and was considerably altered by the experience. Once-white rice had turned a strange shade of pink. Brown sauces had become green. A lone cucumber in the produce drawer had attempted to escape the plastic bag holding it by transforming into a liquid. It was, in a word, gross.