Highly entertaining take on building a rudimentary astrophysics.
Not all anecdotes have aged well but there are enough gems to make the book worthwhile.
A well-written account of the history of quantum physics in the wake of the Bohr v. Einstein controversy.
Elegant combination of depth, playful curiosity and humbleness.
The great thing about this book is the emphasis on HOW we know what we know about objects that are light years far away that are to our eyes not more than a dot in the sky.
Margriet van der Heijden – Denken is verrukkelijk (“Thinking is delicious”; in Dutch)
Thorough biography of Paul Ehrenfest and Tatiana Afanassjewa.
Impressive and heart-warming life story
A highly entertaining fictionalized history of landmark scientific breakthroughs.
Conveys lively how science was considered an undertaking for daring adventurers.
The author stresses that following negative results of experiments, theories are typically watered-down just to the extent that they are untestable – reminiscent of Bruno Latour’s “social constructionof scientific facts”
Remarkably intuitive and enlightening expose of a deep and complex subject; in the audio version even more appealing due to the warm yet solemn reading by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Derman’s discussion of models in life, physics, and finance is not a juicy as the title suggests, but it offers some good one-liners nontheless.
Refreshing view on history of nuclear physics with emphasis on ‘failures’ like cold fusion and nuclear rocket engines in this often counter-intuitive branche of science.