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A review of an odd but beautiful pop-physics book.

Isaac Newton, when he wasn’t revolutionizing mathematics and almost single-handedly inventing physics as a systematic discipline, wrote some really ridiculous stuff. Alchemy, occult esoterica, you name it. In his defense, it was the 1600s. He didn’t have a whole lot of prior scientific understanding to help him sort the wheat from the chaff. Until he…

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

Because I’m a bad busy person, this review of Chad Orzel’s How to Teach Physics to Your Dog is only, oh, about 8 months late. You have probably all bought it already. But in case you haven’t, I’ll tell you what you’re getting into. If you wander over to your local bookstore’s science section, you’ll…

Normally you wouldn’t think of chick lit as experimental literature, but the interplay between the book and film versions of Bridget Jones’s Diary is so bizarre as to be practically science fiction. The novel is itself a very loose retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. That novel is of course the gold standard…

The Bible of Physics

The Feynman Lectures are the bible of physics. Because it’s the definitive and authoritative sacred text? Nope. Because everyone has it but not many people have actually read it. This is too bad. The lectures are a fantastic way to learn about physics. Richard Feynman was a brilliant physicist, one of the true titans of…