Physics Without Math

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Today let’s take a look at a book by Gilbert Shapiro called “Physics Without Math”. As the title sums it up it’s basically an introduction into physics with basically no math. Of course, as everyone knows, physics couldn’t exist without maths, so why should anyone read this? I think the best answer is that it’s a perfect starting point for beginners.


Basic Info

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div (March 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013674317X
  • Average Amazon Customer Review:5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

About the Author

Gilbert Shapiro was a faculty member in the University of California, Berkeley Department of Physics for over 40 years.In 1955, having received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, he started graduate study in physics at Columbia University, supported by a fellowship awarded him by the National Science Foundation.

Gilbert Shapiro devoted much of his professional efforts to sharing with the wide public his passion for physics and developing for them an appreciation for basic scientific facts and methodology. His 10 courses that he taught as “Physics for Football Players” indicates the kind of audience he wanted to reach. Physics Without Math, published in 1979, as a descriptive text for courses based on his lecture material is an amazing effort to reach a wide audience and share both knowledge and fun of physicists.

Short Review

So as many of you might already noticed, there’s kind of an evergoing battle between experts and laymen, when it comes to introductory scientific books. What I mean is that perhaps the great majority of introductory books on physics are either too dull and not informative enough or simply too “hairy” for a casual reader with not much math experience. The reason behind this is that it’s very hard to understand advanced physics without mathematics. It seems the nature herself loves the art of numbers.

The great thing about “Physics Without Math” is that it’s one of those rare books that fall in the golden middle between being to hard and too dull. It’s a perfect introductory book for a certain audience. And by certain audience I mean beginners and casual readers seeking for good, informative yet not too technical book. However, more advanced readers shouldn’t skip this nice book too, as it has something for everyone.



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