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    Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide

    Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide Lowest new price: $8.50
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    The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics

    Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you've come to the right place! This fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics:
    * Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about physics
    * Requires no math--mathematical treatments and applications are included in optional sections so that you can choose either a mathematical or nonmathematical approach
    * Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answer format
    * Lists objectives for each chapter--you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it
    * Reinforces what you learn with end-of-chapter self-tests

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    Einstein: His Life and Universe

    Einstein: His Life and Universe Lowest new price: $3.74
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    Author: Walter Isaacson
    Brand: Isaacson, Walter

    By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

    How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

    Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

    These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

    As a scientist, Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the most epic among 20th-century thinkers. Albert Einstein as a man, however, has been a much harder portrait to paint, and what we know of him as a husband, father, and friend is fragmentary at best. With Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson (author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger) brings Einstein's experience of life, love, and intellectual discovery into brilliant focus. The book is the first biography to tackle Einstein's enormous volume of personal correspondence that heretofore had been sealed from the public, and it's hard to imagine another book that could do such a richly textured and complicated life as Einstein's the same thoughtful justice. Isaacson is a master of the form and this latest opus is at once arresting and wonderfully revelatory. --Anne Bartholomew

    Read "The Light-Beam Rider," the first chapter of Walter Isaacson's Einstein: His Life and Universe.


    Five Questions for Walter Isaacson

    Amazon.com: What kind of scientific education did you have to give yourself to be able to understand and explain Einstein's ideas?

    Isaacson: I've always loved science, and I had a group of great physicists--such as Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Murray Gell-Mann--who tutored me, helped me learn the physics, and checked various versions of my book. I also learned the tensor calculus underlying general relativity, but tried to avoid spending too much time on it in the book. I wanted to capture the imaginative beauty of Einstein's scientific leaps, but I hope folks who want to delve more deeply into the science will read Einstein books by such scientists as Abraham Pais, Jeremy Bernstein, Brian Greene, and others.

    Amazon.com: That Einstein was a clerk in the Swiss Patent Office when he revolutionized our understanding of the physical world has often been treated as ironic or even absurd. But you argue that in many ways his time there fostered his discoveries. Could you explain?

    Isaacson: I think he was lucky to be at the patent office rather than serving as an acolyte in the academy trying to please senior professors and teach the conventional wisdom. As a patent examiner, he got to visualize the physical realities underlying scientific concepts. He had a boss who told him to question every premise and assumption. And as Peter Galison shows in Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps, many of the patent applications involved synchronizing clocks using signals that traveled at the speed of light. So with his office-mate Michele Besso as a sounding board, he was primed to make the leap to special relativity.

    Amazon.com: That time in the patent office makes him sound far more like a practical scientist and tinkerer than the usual image of the wild-haired professor, and more like your previous biographical subject, the multitalented but eminently earthly Benjamin Franklin. Did you see connections between them?

    Isaacson: I like writing about creativity, and that's what Franklin and Einstein shared. They also had great curiosity and imagination. But Franklin was a more practical man who was not very theoretical, and Einstein was the opposite in that regard.

    Amazon.com: Of the many legends that have accumulated around Einstein, what did you find to be least true? Most true?

    Isaacson: The least true legend is that he failed math as a schoolboy. He was actually great in math, because he could visualize equations. He knew they were nature's brushstrokes for painting her wonders. For example, he could look at Maxwell's equations and marvel at what it would be like to ride alongside a light wave, and he could look at Max Planck's equations about radiation and realize that Planck's constant meant that light was a particle as well as a wave. The most true legend is how rebellious and defiant of authority he was. You see it in his politics, his personal life, and his science.

    Amazon.com: At Time and CNN and the Aspen Institute, you've worked with many of the leading thinkers and leaders of the day. Now that you've had the chance to get to know Einstein so well, did he remind you of anyone from our day who shares at least some of his remarkable qualities?

    Isaacson: There are many creative scientists, most notably Stephen Hawking, who wrote the essay on Einstein as "Person of the Century" when I was editor of Time. In the world of technology, Steve Jobs has the same creative imagination and ability to think differently that distinguished Einstein, and Bill Gates has the same intellectual intensity. I wish I knew politicians who had the creativity and human instincts of Einstein, or for that matter the wise feel for our common values of Benjamin Franklin.


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    • By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

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    Cosmos

    Cosmos Lowest new price: $7.27
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    Author: Carl Sagan
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    RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX

    Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

    Praise for Cosmos
     
    “Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”The Plain Dealer
     
    “Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday
     
    “Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”The Miami Herald
     
    “Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
     
    “Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The New York Times Book Review

    Cosmos was the first science TV blockbuster, and Carl Sagan was its (human) star. By the time of Sagan's death in 1996, the series had been seen by half a billion people; Sagan was perhaps the best-known scientist on the planet. Explaining how the series came about, Sagan recalled:

    I was positive from my own experience that an enormous global interest exists in the exploration of the planets and in many kindred scientific topics--the origin of life, the Earth, and the Cosmos, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, our connection with the universe. And I was certain that this interest could be excited through that most powerful communications medium, television.

    Sagan's own interest and enthusiasm for the universe were so vivid and infectious, his screen presence so engaging, that viewers and readers couldn't help but be caught up in his vision. From stars in their "billions and billions" to the amino acids in the primordial ocean, Sagan communicated a feeling for science as a process of discovery. Inevitably, some of the science in Cosmos has been outdated in the years since 1980--but Sagan's sense of wonder is ageless. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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    Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition) - Standalone book

    Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition) - Standalone book Lowest new price: $233.01
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    Author: Douglas C. Giancoli
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    NOTE: This book DOES NOT include an Access Code


    Elegant, engaging, exacting, and concise, Giancoli’s Physics: Principles with Applications , Seventh Edition, helps you view the world through eyes that know physics.

     

    Giancoli’s text is a trusted classic, known for its elegant writing, clear presentation, and quality of content. Using concrete observations and experiences you can relate to, the text features an approach that reflects how science is actually practiced: it starts with the specifics, then moves to the great generalizations and the more formal aspects of a topic to show you why we believe what we believe.

     

    Written with the goal of giving you a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of physics in all its aspects, the text uses interesting applications to biology, medicine, architecture, and digital technology to show you how useful physics is to your everyday life and in your future profession.

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    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries Lowest new price: $10.49
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    Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
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    “[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and―most important― humanity.” ―Entertainment Weekly

    Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

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    • W. W. Norton & Company

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    Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed

    Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed Lowest new price: $240.00
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    Author: Michael R. Lindeburg PE
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    Only available at PPI2PASS.com, updated to the 2018 exam specs the new edition of Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Edition with free eTextbook and free Index included.

    Get your PE Mechanical Study Schedule and PE Mechanical Reference Manual index at ppi2pass.com/downloads.

    ** New Practice Exams and Six-Minute Problem Books Now Available for New PE Mechanical Exams**
    The following new titles are available from the Publisher PPI on AmazonFree study schedules to support the new exams are available on ppi2pass.com.
    PE Mechanical HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam (MEHRPE), PE Mechanical Thermal and Fluids Systems Practice Exam (METSPE), and PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Practice Exam (MEMDPE). 
    HVAC and Refrigeration Six-Minute Problems (MEHRSX2), Thermal and Fluids Systems Six-Minute Problems (METSSX2), and Machine Design and Materials Six-Minute Problems (MEMDSX2).

    Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering Coverage You Can Trust

    The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most comprehensive textbook for the Mechanical PE exam. This book’s time-tested organization and clear explanations start with the basics to help you quickly get up to speed on common mechanical engineering concepts. Together, the 76 chapters provide an in-depth review of NCEES Mechanical PE exam topics. The extensive index contains thousands of terms, most indexed in a variety of ways, in anticipation of how you’ll search for them.

    Features of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual:
    • over 120 appendices containing essential support material
    • over 375 clarifying example problems
    • thousands of equations, figures, and tables
    • industry-standard terminology and nomenclature
    • equal support of U.S. customary and SI units
    After you pass your exam, the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual will continue to serve as an invaluable reference throughout your mechanical engineering career.

    Topics Covered:
    • Dynamics and Vibrations: Kinematics; Kinetics; Power Transmission Systems; Vibrating Systems
    • Materials: Engineering Materials Properties and Testing; Thermal Treatment of Metals
    • Fluids: Fluid Properties; Fluid Statics; Fluid Flow Parameters; Fluid Dynamics; Hydraulic Machines
    • Power Cycles: Vapor, Combustion, and Nuclear Power Cycles; Refrigeration and Gas Compression Cycles
    • HVAC: Psychrometrics; Fans, Ductwork, and Ventilation; Heating and Cooling Loads; Air Conditioning Systems
    • Heat Transfer: Natural Convection; Evaporation; Condensation; Forced Convection; Radiation
    • Machine Design: Basic and Advanced Machine Design; Pressure Vessels
    • Thermodynamics: Inorganic Chemistry; Fuels and Combustion; Properties of Substances
    • Control Systems: Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems
    • Plant Engineering: Manufacturing Processes; Instrumentation and Measurements; Materials Handling and Processing; Fire Protection Systems; Environmental Pollutants and Remediation; Hazardous Material Storage and Disposal
    • Fundamentals: Math Review; Probability; Statics; Engineering Economic Analysis
    • Law and Ethics: Engineering Law; Ethics
    What’s New in This Edition
    • 36 chapters with new material, and 46 chapters with revisions to existing material
    • 300 new equations, and 128 updated equations
    • 27 new tables, and 31 updated tables
    • 7 new examples, and 34 updated examples
    • 10 new appendices, and 27 updated appendices
    • 35 new figures, and 28 updated figures
    • 1,094 new index entries, and 108 updated index entires
    Get your Mechanical Exam Study Schedules. Visit ppi2pass.com/downloads.

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    University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

    University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition) Lowest new price: $213.27
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    Author: Hugh D. Young

    New condition, hard cover

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    Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

    Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth Lowest new price: $15.00
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    Author: Adam Frank

    Astrophysicist and NPR commentator on what the latest research on the existence and trajectories of alien civilizations may teach us about our own.

    Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it’s highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What’s more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change.

    Written with great clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars builds on the inspiring work of pioneering scientists such as Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, whose work at the dawn of the space age began building the new science of astrobiology; Jack James, the Texas-born engineer who drove NASA’s first planetary missions to success; Vladimir Vernadsky, the Russian geochemist who first envisioned the Earth’s biosphere; and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who invented Gaia theory. Frank recounts the perilous journey NASA undertook across millions of miles of deep space to get its probes to Venus and Mars, yielding our first view of the cosmic laws of planets and climate that changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

    Thrilling science at the grandest of scales, Light of the Stars explores what may be the largest question of all: What can the likely presence of life on other worlds tell us about our own fate?

    20 illustrations

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    The Art of Electronics

    The Art of Electronics Lowest new price: $85.17
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    Author: Paul Horowitz

    At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful The Art of Electronics. It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design. In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics, the third edition includes 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits, dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that is often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits, and 80 tables (listing some 1650 active components), enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics (both specified and measured) of available parts. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard for anyone, student or researcher, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.

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    Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Physics, 16th Edition: Everything You Need to Help Score a Perfect 800 (College Test Preparation)

    Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Physics, 16th Edition: Everything You Need to Help Score a Perfect 800 (College Test Preparation) Lowest new price: $12.79
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    Author: Princeton Review

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP SCORE A PERFECT 800. Equip yourself to ace the SAT Subject Test in Physics with The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide—including 2 full-length practice tests, thorough reviews of key physics topics, and targeted strategies for every question type.

    Physics can be a tough subject to get a good handle on—and scoring well on the SAT Subject Test isn't easy to do. Written by the experts at The Princeton Review, Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Physics arms you to take on the exam and achieve your highest possible score.

    Techniques That Actually Work.

    • Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the test
    • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically
    • Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder

    Everything You Need to Know for a High Score.

    • Expert subject reviews for every test topic
    • Up-to-date information on the SAT Subject Test in Physics
    • Score conversion tables to help you assess your performance and track your progress

    Practice Your Way to Perfection.
    • 2 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
    • Sample review questions at the end of each content chapter, plus final drill sections to test your comprehension
    • Robust, easily reviewable summaries that emphasize core concepts

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