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Physics for the Inquiring Mind: The Methods, Nature, and Philosophy of Physical Science epub ebook

by Eric M. Rogers

Physics for the Inquiring Mind: The Methods, Nature, and Philosophy of Physical Science epub ebook

Author: Eric M. Rogers
Category: Physics
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (April 17, 2011)
Pages: 792 pages
ISBN: 0691151156
ISBN13: 978-0691151151
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 787
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Physics for the Inquiring Mind.

Physics for the Inquiring Mind. The methods, nature, and philosophy of physical science. Princeton University Press, Princeton, .

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Eric M. Rogers (15 August 1902 – 1 July 1990) was a British author and physics educator. He is perhaps best known for his 1960 textbook Physics for the Inquiring Mind. The book, subtitled The Methods, Nature, and Philosophy of Physical Science, was based on courses he gave at Princeton University, where he taught from 1942 to 1971. Rogers also headed the Nuffield Science Teaching Project program in physics education in the 1960s.

In our scientific age an understanding of physics is part of a liberal education. Lawyers, bankers, governors, business heads, administrators, all wise educated people need a lasting understanding of physics so that they can enjoy those contacts with science and scientists that are part of our civilization both materially and intellectually. Rogers (1902 - 1990) studied mathematics and physics at Cambridge University. In the 1960s, he played a key role in the Nuffield program in physics education. He was professor emeritus of physics at Princeton University and retired in 1971. Physics for the Inquiring Mind is an impressively comprehensive and richly illustrated narrative on the evolution of physics, the history of physical theories and experiments, and the pioneers who contributed to the field. A professor made it assigned reading when I was in college back in 1980.

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In our scientific age an understanding of physics is part of a liberal education. Lawyers, bankers, governors, business heads, administrators, all wise educated people need a lasting understanding of physics so that they can enjoy those contacts with science and scientists that are part of our civilization both materially and intellectually. They need knowledge and understanding instead of the feelings, all too common, that physics is dark and mysterious and that physicists are a strange people with incomprehensible interests. Such a sense of understanding science and scientists can be gained neither from sermons on the beauty of science nor from the rigorous courses that colleges have offered for generations; when the headache clears away it leaves little but a confused sense of mystery. Nor is the need met by survey courses that offer a smorgasbord of tidbit--they give science a bad name as a compendium of information or formulas.

The non-scientist needs a course of study that enables him to learn real science and make its own--with delight. For lasting benefits the intelligent non-scientist needs a course of study that enables him to learn genuine science carefully and then encourages him to think about it and use it. He needs a carefully selected framework of topics--not so many that learning becomes superficial and hurried; not so few that he misses the connected nature of scientific work and thinking. He must see how scientific knowledge is built up by building some scientific knowledge of his own, by reading and discussing and if possible by doing experiments himself. He must think his own way through some scientific arguments. He must form his own opinion, with guidance, concerning the parts played by experiment and theory; and he must be shown how to develop a taste for good theory. He must see several varieties of scientific method at work. And above all, he must think about science for himself and enjoy that. These are the things that this book encourages readers to gain, by their own study and thinking.

Physics for the Inquiring Mind is a book for the inquiring mind of students in college and for other readers who want to grow in scientific wisdom, who want to know what physics really is.

Reviews (3)
Contancia
Great book for anyone!!!

Hawk Flying
Perhaps more for those who have already studied physics, although of interest to anyone with an inquiring mind. This book provides an invaluable way of looking at the physical world and forming logical arguments to arrive at the theories we learn in a physics degree. Included is a wonderful look at the ancient Greek studies of astronomy, from measuring the Earth to getting some idea of how far away the sun is. Written before the Feynman Lectures, and in some ways better, since it deals with the fundamentals in a more concrete fashion. Definitely needs a reprint, hungry minds are being starved! And I want my own copy!

Mitynarit
My husband told me about this book. He found it by accident in a local library in 1983, when he was a 9th grade (freshman, highschool) student, and loved it so much that he read, re-read and re-re-read it.

High-school students today, more often than not, suffer mediocre physics text books. The books are glossy, have lots of color pictures, are sprinkled with side-bars, and sometimes even come with an interactive CD -- but, for all that, miss the spirit of science.

In this glut of mediocrity, Eric Rogers's book, though 50 years old, stands as a shining light.

The Apotheoses of Lacspor
I read this book as a child in Poland in the early 70s. It has always had a special place in my heart. It is the best physics book I ever had a pleasure to read (I am not a physisist). Truly inspiring.

Katishi
Physics for the Inquiring Mind is an impressively comprehensive and richly illustrated narrative on the evolution of physics, the history of physical theories and experiments, and the pioneers who contributed to the field. A professor made it assigned reading when I was in college back in 1980. I've never forgotten what a thrilling and informative read it was. I am glad there are still copies available, and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in this fascinating subject.

Opimath
This book made me love physics! Buy it and read it

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