"Assume the cow is a sphere." So begins this lively, irreverent, and informative look at everything from the physics of boiling water to cutting-edge research at the observable limits of the universe. Rich with anecdotes and accessible examples, Fear of Physics takes readers on a joy ride from Galileo to Stephen Hawking, from Plato to Marshall McLuhan, through new presentations of original classics and into today's physics quandaries.
This witty and engrossing book provides new and valuable insights even for confirmed scientific junkies, and is a must read for anyone who has ever wanted to understand where modern physics is coming from and where it is going.
"Lawrence Krauss has mastered a truly difficult art form; he has written a book full of charming, easy-to-read, and - surprisingly! - totally accurate discussions of physical ideas and how physicists invent new ones. He gives a vivid sense of the profundity of great minds like Galileo, Maxwell, Einstein, and Bohr. America needs more books of this high quality!" - Douglas Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach
"A Splendid book for those who...want to tour the forefront of theoretical physics with a lively and inventive mind" - Washington Post Book World
"Fear of Physics is perhaps the first major work to successfully convey how physicists think. It's fun to follow along." - The Christian Science Monitor
"A humorous, absorbing and altogether joyous tour through the world of contemporary physics." - Boston Globe Book Review