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!