What is static electricity? How do magnets work? Is light made of waves or particles? What, really, is the theory of relativity all about? And who were all those great scientists—from Ptolemy, Archimedes, and Copernicus to Descartes, Hume, and Newton, and many, many more? Why do we still hear their names today?
In How to Speak Science, scientist and YouTube personality Bruce Benamran reminds us that, in this age of smartphones, artificial intelligence, supercolliders, supercomputers, and other cutting-edge technology, we’ve lost touch with many of the most basic science concepts on which our information age is based. And in simple, math-free explanations and just-the-good-parts historical recaps, he shows us that the landmark science and history’s greatest scientists and discoveries don’t have to remain beyond our grasp.
As smartphones, supercomputers, supercolliders, and AI propel us into an ever more unfamiliar future, How to Speak Science takes us on a rollicking historical tour of the greatest discoveries and ideas that make today’s cutting–edge technologies possible.Baker & Taylor
Wanting everyone to be able to “speak” science, YouTube science guru Bruce Benamran explains–as accessibly and wittily as in his acclaimed videos–the fundamental ideas of the physical world: matter, life, the solar system, light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, and much more.
Along the way, Benamran guides us through the wildest hypotheses and most ingenious ideas of Galileo, Newton, Curie, Einstein, and science’s other greatest minds, reminding us that while they weren’t always exactly right, they were always curious. How to Speak Science acquaints us not only with what scientists know, but how they think, so that each of us can reason like a physicist–and appreciate the world in all its beautiful chaos.
A scientist and popular YouTube personality, reminding us that we’ve lost touch with many of the most basic science concepts that launched our information age, presents simple, math-free explanations and to-the-point historical recaps of landmark science and history’s greatest scientists. Original.Baker
"A book that explains the most important scientific discoveries in history in an accessible way. Presents what led to scientific discoveries such as gravity or magnetic attraction, and analyzes how scientists think."--