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

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A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013

A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY way

The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to
know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist
George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics
books—which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math—Susskind and Hrabovsky
actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind’s
enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the
minimum—the theoretical minimum of the title—that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.

An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur
scientists to learn physics at their own pace.


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