Book: The first war of physics: the secret history of the atom bomb, 1939-1949

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I’m hoping to do more book reviews here, as I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading this year. So, here’s one to get started… The first war of physics : the secret history of the atom bomb, 1939-1949 [ISBN: 1605981974] by Jim Baggott is an excellent history of the physics, politics, wartime events and […]

The Feynman Messenger Lectures on Physics are available online

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Several of the legendary 1963 Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available for viewing online at at Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva (direct link to videos).  (UDPATE:  oops, my mistake! It’s not the 1963 Caltech lectures, it’s the Messenger Lectures from Cornell — see first comment below). Feynman was one of the great physicists of the […]

Remembering Wallace Stegner

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

A few weeks ago the New York Times published a nice rememberance of one of my favorite American authors, Wallace Stegner.  Angle of Repose is probably his most famous work, and it won the Pulitzer Prize, but many of his smaller books including Remembering Laughter and Crossing to Safety, are beautfully written too.