“YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE” is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. “I walk with a new spring in my step and I look at life through physics-colored eyes,” wrote one such fan. When Lewin’s lectures were made available online, he became an instant YouTube celebrity, and The New York Times declared, “Walter Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube’s greatest hits.”

For more than thirty years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin honed his singular craft of making physics not only accessible but truly fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball, supercharging himself with three hundred thousand volts of electricity, or demonstrating why the sky is blue and why clouds are white. Now, as Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Lewin takes readers on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. “I introduce people to their own world,” writes Lewin, “the world they live in and are familiar with but don’t approach like a physicist—yet.”

Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, and would it be possible to put our hand out and touch one? Whether introducing why the air smells so fresh after a lightning storm, why we briefly lose (and gain) weight when we ride in an elevator, or what the big bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin never ceases to surprise and delight with the extraordinary ability of physics to answer even the most elusive questions.

Recounting his own exciting discoveries as a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy—arriving at MIT right at the start of an astonishing revolution in astronomy—he also brings to life the power of physics to reach into the vastness of space and unveil exotic uncharted territories, from the marvels of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud to the unseeable depths of black holes.

“For me,” Lewin writes, “physics is a way of seeing—the spectacular and the mundane, the immense and the minute—as a beautiful, thrillingly interwoven whole.” His wonderfully inventive and vivid ways of introducing us to the revelations of physics impart to us a new appreciation of the remarkable beauty and intricate harmonies of the forces that govern our lives.
Las esperadas memorias de uno de los intelectuales más impredecibles, combativos e influyentes de los últimos treinta años.

«Has cambiado mi vida» es una frase muy común en los emails que Walter Lewin recibe a diario de fans cautivados por sus «videoclases» sobre las maravillas de la física. Durante cuarenta y tres años como profesor en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT), Lewin ha perfeccionado su peculiar arte de enseñar y de hacer de la física algo accesible y divertido. En sus cursos, siempre prácticos, ha llegado a colocar su cabeza delante de una bola de demolición o a aplicarse una sobrecarga de 300.000 voltios para explicar conceptos básicos a sus alumnos.

En Por amor a la física Lewin responde a preguntas curiosas: ¿es posible que seamos más bajos estando de pie que estando tumbados?, ¿por qué los colores del arco iris siempre están ordenados del mismo modo?, ¿sería posible tocar alguno con la mano?... y nos acompaña en un viaje maravilloso abriendo nuestros ojos a la belleza y al poder extraordinarios con los que la física puede revelar los mecanismos ocultos del mundo que nos rodea.

Reseñas:
«Por amor a la física recoge el asombroso intelecto de Walter Lewin, su pasión por la física y su genio como profesor. Ojalá que este libro atraiga a más gente hasta la órbita de este educador y científico extraordinario.»
Bill Gates

«Magistral y absorbente.»
Leer

«La pasión imperturbable por la física de Walter Lewin brilla en cada página de este extraordinario recorrido por el mundo de la ciencia. El entusiasmo por el descubrimiento es contagioso.»
Mario Livio, autor de La proporción áurea y ¿Es Dios un matemático?

«Fascinante... Las deliciosas memorias de un científico combinadas con una introducción a la física memorable.»
Kirkus

«Como pueden atestiguar cientos y miles de estudiantesque han asistido a los cursos de Lewin, este genio de las clases transforma las fórmulas del libro de texto en magia... La extraordinaria creatividad de Lewin es como un pasaporte para la aventura.»
Booklist

«En este libro divertido y excitante, Walter Lewin, un superhéroe del aula, utiliza sus poderes para hacer el bien. El autor comparte la alegría de saber que el mundo es un lugar inteligible.»
James Kakalios, profesor y autor de La física de los superhéroes

"You have changed my life" is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. "I walk with a new spring in my step and I look at life through physics-colored eyes," wrote one such fan. When Lewin's lectures were made available online, he became an instant YouTube celebrity, and the New York Times declared, "Walter Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube's greatest hits." For more than thirty years as a beloved professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin honed his singular craft of making physics not only accessible but truly fun, whether putting his head in the path of a wrecking ball, supercharging himself with three hundred thousand volts of electricity, or demonstrating why the sky is blue and why clouds are white. Now, as Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist-yet." Could it be true that we are shorter standing up than lying down? Why can we snorkel no deeper than about one foot below the surface? Why are the colors of a rainbow always in the same order, and would it be possible to put our hand out and touch one? Whether introducing why the air smells so fresh after a lightning storm, why we briefly lose (and gain) weight when we ride in an elevator, or what the big bang would have sounded like had anyone existed to hear it, Lewin never ceases to surprise and delight with the extraordinary ability of physics to answer even the most elusive questions. Recounting his own exciting discoveries as a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy-arriving at MIT right at the start of an astonishing revolution in astronomy-he also brings to life the power of physics to reach into the vastness of space and unveil exotic uncharted territories, from the marvels of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud to the unseeable depths of black holes. "For me," Lewin writes, "physics is a way of seeing-the spectacular and the mundane, the immense and the minute-as a beautiful, thrillingly interwoven whole." His wonderfully inventive and vivid ways of introducing us to the revelations of physics impart to us a new appreciation of the remarkable beauty and intricate harmonies of the forces that govern our lives.
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