Fawcett, 1995


This book is a physics primer, intended for an audience with no physics background. The main text follows an historical framework. At the publisher's request, the author attempted to be humorous throughout, though the reader will have to separate the author's humor from the editor's. Only high-school math is required (promise!) and this is found mostly in examples kept separate from the main text.

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WARNING!
San Fransico Chronicle Review

Due to publisher's madness, Instant Physics contains a large number of misprints, especially in equations and in the figures. Beware! There is also at least one whopping error on my part, in the chapter on quantum mechanics, due to my haste to keep things simple. Click here for list of errata.
 
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION:

LESSONS FROM PHYSICS

PROLOGUE:

SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS CHAPTER ONE:

TOWARD A CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE

CHAPTER TWO:

THE ELUSIVE ATOM

CHAPTER THREE:

THE ENERGY CRISIS

CHAPTER FOUR:

ELECTROMAGNETISM

CHAPTER FIVE:

SPECIAL RELATIVITY

CHAPTER SIX:

INSIDE THE NUCLEUS

CHAPTER SEVEN:

QUANTUM MECHANICS

CHAPTER EIGHT:

DIVERSITY AND UNITY

CHAPTER NINE:

GENERAL RELATIVITY AND COSMOLOGY

CHAPTER TEN:

THE END
 
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