In this briefer, streamlined revision, Art Hobson once again makes physics relevant and interesting for the casual reader. He introduces modern physics early on, maintaining the book’s focus on the cultural and social context of physics. Updates and extensively revises chapters on relativity. Provides a more modern, straightforward treatment of quantum physics. Includes new and updated societal topics, such as nuclear terrorism. Adds new and revised “How Do We Know” subsections that emphasize the process of science. A reader-friendly reference for anyone interested in learning more about physics and how it affects our lives.
A physics textbook explicitly designed for liberal arts students rather than merely watered down from a standard version. A cultural rather than technical treatment of the discipline, with more cultural sophistication than found in the science version. Presents physics as a human endeavor in its full philosophical and social context. Helps fulfill recommendations by several professional bodies for new approaches to teaching science. Revised from the 1995 with updates, corrections, tightening of some prose, and other minor changes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.