Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed

Lawrence M. Krauss, Author Basic Books $20 (224p) ISBN 978-0-465-05745-0
Krauss ( Cosmic Strings ), who teaches physics at Yale University, delivers a three-part lecture for lay readers on today's dominant research questions in theoretical physics. In six broad-ranging chapters with such titles as ``The Art of Numbers'' and ``The Search for Symmetry,'' he examines and explains ``the tools that guide physicists in their work.'' The accomplishments and views of such giants of modern physics as Einstein, Feynman and Heisenberg are used to illustrate the inventiveness required of those in the field. While Krauss acknowledges that this is a limited selection of ideas--the ``hidden realities'' of physics, not its stuff--he nonetheless serves quantum mechanics well. Also well-served are the interests of the general reader as Krauss, persistently hewing to the basics, never falls into patronization or catchy metaphor. Supplemented by Larry Gonick and Art Huffman's The Cartoon Guide to Physics , this is a primer on the wonders of physics. Library of Science selection. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993
Release date: 10/01/1993
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