New Stuff Tuesday – April 13

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

How To Teach Physics to Your Dog
by Chad Orzel
QC24.5 .O79 2009
New Book Island, 2nd floor

Physics: not exactly a subject that is high on many people’s list of favorites. I know that I took the required physics class in high school, and that was enough for me. The formulas and equations just went right over my head. The thought of continuing to something like quantum mechanics seemed like a daunting and insurmountable task. If only I would have had this week’s featured book to guide the way…

Orzel, a physics professor at Union College in New York, aims to bring understanding of a complex subject to the masses with his book about quantum theory. His inspiration for explaining concepts like particle-wave duality and quantum tunneling: his dog, Emmy. Using examples like chasing squirrels and bunnies and getting treats, the author demystifies the world of quantum physics and makes the challenging concepts much more accessible so that you and I can make some sense of it.

About kyle

I'm the library guy. No, seriously, I'm the only male reference & instruction librarian. I also have the pleasure of serving several campus committees, the Academic Staff Assembly and the Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT Issues, among others.
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7 Responses to New Stuff Tuesday – April 13

  1. Mehul Kar says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. It’s weird how everything is just falling in place right now.

  2. kyle says:

    mehul- we do what we can – like get you the books about quantum mechanics. =)

  3. Mehul Kar says:

    You should run a book of the week campaign. But they all have to be as awesome as this one.
    Next one:

    I haven’t read it yet, but want to.

  4. kyle says:

    well, i’ve been doing new stuff tuesdays for (almost) the last three years. check out the archives on the left.

  5. studentkyle says:

    please get the black swan book. i got it from illiad but it is awesome and students would definitely read it

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  7. Mehul Kar says:

    Woaahh….new stuff tuesdays is awesome.

    I wish I could instantly download everything in all these books into my brain.

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