The Bedside Book of Physics: From Electricity to Escape Velocities : the E
The Bedside Book Series are fascinating, interactive guides on a variety of subjects - physics, geometry and chemistry. They contain clear and concise explanations of different concepts, as well as profiles of key thinkers and their discoveries. A unique feature of this series are the simple, step-by-step exercises. Some of these have everyday applications, others are theoretical puzzles, and all are designed to challenge you and test your newly acquired knowledge. Written in a highly readable style suitable for any audience, The Bedside Book Series is intended for a general readership and does not assume prior knowledge of a subject. The aim of each book is to convey the basic principles of a subject - and the stories behind them - to anyone who is interested in learning about the universe around them, with an emphasis on how these seemingly abstract principles relate to everyday experiences.
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This book has many errors. Very basic arithmetic is wrong (p.59) and many other things are wrong, even to a non-physicist like myself. The sidebar on The Bends (p.65) is so wrong it is ridiculous. If I can find so many errors, how did it get published? The book itself is well produced but why wasn't a physicist, or at least a diver, asked to read it before it went to press? I stand amazed.
I picked up this book because I thought it would be a phun read. The first few pages were on some interesting history of "physics", which I don't really know much about. Then, on the tenth page, there starts two so called "Exercises" of physics. I expected them to be simple, which they are, but I was shocked to find numberous parts of them flat wrong. I have a PhD in physics and teach it for a living; trust me, Isaac McPhee gets it wrong. This makes me very upset and unable to read the rest of the book. This book does damage to our society by confusing and misleading readers about the truth. I don't know who to be more upset with: Isaac McPhee for writing this crap, or Quid Publishing and Metro Books for printing this crap.