Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
The theoretical minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
In The theoretical minimum, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course and associated math for the ardent amateur. Popular physics books give readers a taste of what physicists know, but shy away from teaching the skills required to do the work. By contrast, Susskind and Hrabovsky cover the minimum--The theoretical minimum of the title--that readers need to study more advanced topics. Beginning with classical mechanics, the work ends with discussions of electromagnetic fields and chaos theory. An alternative to the go-to-college method, The theoretical minimum offers a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.
Lenny is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He has made numerous contributions to physics and cosmology, including the discovery of string theory and the idea of a string theory "landscape."
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