Author: Helen Czerski
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Summary: I’ve never had an intuitive grasp of physics, but Helen Czerski explained concepts in an engaging way that constantly gave me new insights into everyday phenomena.
“Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick.”(source)
I’ve long felt that my understanding of the physics everyday objects around me is poor and this was the perfect book to remedy that. Author Helen Czerski did an amazing job conveying why physics is so exciting to her. Her writing style was as entertaining and conversational as the blurbs promised. She illustrated every concept with her personal experiences, fascinating historical anecdotes, and interesting natural phenomena. I was far more engaged in the concepts than I ever was in a physics class. She made the concepts both engaging and memorable.
My one complaint is that each chapter covers a set of clearly related physical principles, but the many illustrations of those principles don’t always flow nicely. In some cases, I also felt that I had to infer the topic of the chapter, when I’d rather have been given a more descriptive chapter heading. However, this really is my only complaint about an amazing book. I learned more fun facts than I know what to do with and I couldn’t have enjoyed the learning experience any more. I might be getting ahead of myself, but I loved this book enough that I could see it being one of my top nonfiction reads of the year.
PS – If you’re here for the Nonfiction Book Club questions, I will be posting them on the 12th instead. Since the WW Norton was nice enough to send me a review copy I could use in a giveaway, I wanted to read and review this first 🙂