Book Review: For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin, with Warren Goldstein | Science News

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Book Review: For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin, with Warren Goldstein

Review by Devin Powell

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10:40am, June 3, 2011

Everyone knows that rainbows appear after a storm. But in his new book, Lewin reveals nature’s more unusual rainbows hiding in spray kicked up by ocean waves, in fog swirling around headlights, even in glass particles floating above construction sites.

After more than 30 years of teaching undergraduate physics at MIT, Lewin has honed a toolbox of clear, engaging explanations that present physics as a way of uncovering the world’s hidden wonders. Quirky, playful and brimming with earnestness, each chapter is a joyful sketch of a topic — from Newton’s laws to Lewin’s own pioneering discoveries in X-ray astronomy.

The masterful explainer writes in a conversational style that’s light on math and peppered with real-world examples and autobiographical anecdotes. His grandmother, for instance, taught him that we’re all a little talle
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