The Theoretical Minimum (Paperback)

What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

By Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky

Basic Books, 9780465075683, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/29/2013)

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A master teacher presents the ultimate introduction to classical mechanics for people who are serious about learning physics

"Beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult' things," -- Wall Street Journal

If you ever regretted not taking physics in college -- or simply want to know how to think like a physicist -- this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Challenging, lucid, and concise, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

About the Author

Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University. He is the author of Quantum Mechanics (with Art Friedman) and The Theoretical Minimum (with George Hrabovsky), among other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

George Hrabovsky is the president of Madison Area Science and Technology (MAST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific and technological research and education. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Praise For The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

"Beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult things.'"—Wall Street Journal

"What a wonderful and unique resource. For anyone who is determined to learn physics for real, looking beyond conventional popularizations, this is the ideal place to start."—Sean Carroll, physicist, California Institute of Technology, and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe

"A spectacular effort to make the real stuff of theoretical physics accessible to amateurs."—Science News

"Very readable. Abstract concepts are well explained.... [The Theoretical Minimum] does provide a clear description of advanced classical physics concepts, and gives readers who want a challenge the opportunity to exercise their brain in new ways."—Physics World

"Readers ready to embrace their inner applied mathematics will enjoy this brisk, bare-bares introduction to classical mechanics."—Publishers Weekly