Space, Time, Physics, and Possibilities – A Book Review

Understanding spacetime physics isn’t easy, but understanding the basic theories that scientists now believe paint the most realistic picture isn’t that hard to comprehend. It just takes the curiosity and the patience to focus, open your mind, and consider. But first you are going to need a good book, one which is illustrated. Also a physics reference book which can walk you through all of Einstein’s theories along with others who have added new concepts to the sciences of space/time physics.

Luckily, I own such a book, one which was published in 1966. You may think that is too old, and that we’ve learned a lot since then. And yes, yes we have, but the fundamentals are relatively the same, especially when it comes to “relativity” or the theory of. Now then, the book I’d like to recommend to you is:

“Spacetime Physics” by Edwin F. Taylor and John Archibald Wheeler, W.H. Freeman Company Publishers, San Francisco, CA, (1966), 208 pages, Library of Congress Card Catalogue Number 65-13566.

Both of the authors are/were physicists, one from MIT, and the other from Princeton. The book starts out with a discussion on the geometry of spacetime, and all the theories, rules, principles, and unknowns which go along with that. Then it gets right into momentum and energy; how they relate to mass, and the expanding universe – and there is a rare find – an absolutely fascinating dialogue on the concept of mass, light, and the arguments of spacetime physics, at least at the time in 1966. Some of which has been resolved but not all the points of view are agreed upon – humans still have more to learn.

If you’ve been stuck on anything with relation to Einstein’s theories or are hung up on curved spacetime, gravity warping, or the differences in force, mass, or the principles of relativity – you will be quite pleased to have most all of your questions answered. Those which cannot be answered or at least could not be answered back in 1966 are not there, but you will have a great understanding up until that point, and be able to ask the right questions to continue your personal research online.

My favorite points in the book were the reasoning of the various paradoxes of time, space, energy, motion, light, and so on. It’s just a really fun place to think, and this book will take your mind around the universe and back, as well as through time and back again, and thus, I come to you with this excellent book recommendation. So, please consider all this and think on it.

At First It Is Considered Magic – Physics On The Fringe Of Innovation – A Book Review

Have you ever wondered how the great researchers, explorers, and scientists achieved all they had in the past? Perhaps, a glimpse into the more recent past period and present period would suffice. How would you like to go to the edge of the Earth in search of discovery? Well, it just so happens I know of a very good book that will indeed take you there. Not just to one location, but to many locations all over the globe where great discoveries were made, discoveries that rocked the scientific community and changed the way we think, challenging past theories and understandings of all that is.

This is a wonderful book, and one I’ve had the pleasure of reading personally. Today it sits in my personal library alongside so many of the most popular science books of the greatest scientists of our day. Yes, I highly recommend that you read this book as well. The name of the book is:

“The Edge of Physics – A Journey to the Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” by Anil Ananthaswamy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, New York, NY, (2010), 322 pages, ISBN: 978-0-618-88468-1.

In this work the reader will learn of all the stories behind the scenes of some of the greatest scientists of our time, their personalities, idiosyncrasies, and work ethic. This book will inspire any scientist, future scientist, or researcher who is out for adventure to achieve major breakthroughs. Many of the stories are so amazing they are almost unbelievable. In fact, the author has carefully chosen events and tales frozen in time which seem surreal to the rest of us.

There are fascinating stories, such as the search for neutrinos in the deep polar ice, far underground. Imagine working in such a ruthless and cold environment. Well, you will meet and get to know the researchers who are making that happen. There are chapters of the great cosmologists and their telescopes and remote locations as they piece together all they can about our universe. The author takes you to the SETI project in search of extra-terrestrials, and the potential chance of first contact.

There are stories of Einstein visiting such remote locations and the meeting of minds of these great discoverers. You will also get a clear view of the ruthless (at times) competition in the sciences for accolades and Nobel Prizes in physics. This book is well footnoted, with lots of information so the reader can fully comprehend exactly the theories and research the scientists are doing in these remote parts of the globe. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do.

When Physics and Space Collide with Math – It’s About Time, for a Book Review

Physics is one of the most fascinating subjects and yet so few people have really ever considered it all. That’s too bad, because if we are beings who value knowledge, then we are mostly missing out. But it does not have to be that way, as there are all sorts of wonderful books, and documentaries available.

For instance, there is one book which is really worth reading if you can spare a month to absorb it all. It is a book I own, and one which I have read many chapters in. It’s a great reference book on the topic too. The name of the book is;

“The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics” edited by Timothy Harris, published by Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, (1989), 859 pages, ISBN: 0-318-07136-6.

In this comprehensive work you will learn all about time and space. Information on thermodynamics, mass, gravity, relativity, black holes, and our basic understanding of it all, but remember this book was published in 1989, so quite a bit has happened since then. The first chapter is one of the best, and it discusses atoms and quarks, electron position prediction, and basic quantum theory, which we seem to know a lot more about today. There are essays on unified theories, uncertainty principles, and Albert Einstein’s most famous equation; E=MC squared.

Well, that’s the first section, and in the second section are chapters on our Sun, the structure of our universe, and how it all began, and how we expect it to one day end, well after we’re gone. There are chapters by Stephen Hawking, Richard Muller, Carl Sagan, and so many other notables. All about comets, supernovas, and our galaxy, and for all of you religious types out there, they didn’t forget you and in the spirit of inclusion, there is a sub-chapter on “biblical creationism” too.

The third and forth sections have chapters on the Mathematics of the Cosmos, and dealing with extremely large numbers, artificial intelligence, and the math of the unknown, and the limitations of known math in this realm, at least now. The forth section is about the men, and scientists behind the theories we are using now, and how they came to be, along with a chapter titled; “The Women in Science” – again in the spirit of inclusion and kudos for their achievements.

The book is really great in that there are many poems of science listed along with the “Philosophy of Science” as well. This book will open your mind to a whole new dimension of learning and intrigue of our universe. Perhaps, that’s its main focus, to get the reader interested in the sciences and physics of all that is, all that is known, and all that has yet to be discovered. Indeed, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves physics and science.