ISBN: 9781615194032
Publishing: February 6, 2018
Price: $15.95 US
Paperback: 320 pages
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How to Speak Science
Essential Concepts Made Simple
From Why the Sky Is Blue to How Relativity Works, and Everything in Between

Think you can’t understand physics? Think again! Bruce Benamran sheds light on everything from relativity to thermodynamics—in plain English

Welcome to the age of smartphones, artificial intelligence, supercolliders, and supercomputers: Science has never been more exciting . . . or, alas, less accessible!

Enter Bruce Benamran—programmer by day, physics expert by night. In How to Speak Science, he takes readers on a math-free romp through the key discoveries that brought us to today: What is static electricity? How do magnets work? And is light made of waves or particles? Woven throughout are fun did-you-knows (Is the pie pan hotter than the pie?) and a cast of unforgettable, real-life characters (such as Giordano Bruno, “punk genius and father of relativity”).

As Benamran makes clear, even scientists think in words. For example, a simple question—What would happen to the earth if the sun disappeared?—led Einstein himself to the notion of space-time. By tracing today’s big ideas back to the earliest thought experiments, Benamran explains not only what scientists know, but how they think—and gives readers the tools to think for themselves!