Announcement: The Theoretical Minimum. What You Need To Know To Start Thinking Like a Physicist

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The Theoretical Minimum is a new approach to learning physics by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky. This book will be released by Basic Books in North America, and Penguin Press in the UK on 29 January 2013.

A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY way.

The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books—which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math—Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind’s enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum—the theoretical minimum of the title—that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.

Somewhere in Steinbeck country two tired men sit down at the side of the road. Lenny combs his beard with his fingers and says, “Tell me about the laws of physics, George.” George looks down for a moment, then peers at Lenny over the tops of his glasses. “Okay, Lenny, but just the minimum.”

An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

Leonard Susskind has been the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University since 1978. The author of The Black Hole War and The Cosmic Landscape, he lives in Palo Alto, California.

George Hrabovsky is the President of Madison Area Science and Technology (MAST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific and technological research and education. He is also Theoretical Physicist at Large with the Citizen Scientists League. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR The Theoretical Minimum:

“What a wonderful and unique resource. For anyone who is determined to learn physics for real, looking beyond conventional popularizations, this is the ideal place to start. It gets directly to the important points, with nuggets of deep insight scattered along the way. I'm going to be recommending this book right and left.”

—Sean Carroll, physicist, California Institute of Technology, and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe


About George Hrabovsky

Amateur Theoretical Physicist with 35 years experience. Mathematica developer, consultant, and trainer. Storm chaser with 30 years experience.
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