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Book Review: Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller

Review by Heather Benjamin

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2:54pm, September 26, 2008

The next president of the United States won’t have a physics Ph.D.— but he will develop policy on physics-related matters.

In this election year, Muller, a professor at UC Berkeley, has put together a guide for the country’s incoming leader. But the purpose of the book is primarily to inform voters. Muller shares statistics and corrects misunderstandings relating to terrorism, energy, nuclear weapons, space and global warming.

Muller writes for the educated reader, not the physics expert. Readers, for example, might be surprised to learn that gasoline is one of the most useful weapons for terrorists: It is low-tech and easy to get, and one ton releases the explosive energy of 15 tons of TNT, Muller writes.

But the way Muller relates principles of physics to po

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