Physics for Future Presidents

Physics for Future Presidents Learn the science behind the headlines the tools of terrorists the dangers of nuclear power and the reality of global warming We live in complicated dangerous times They are also hyper technical ti

  • Title: Physics for Future Presidents
  • Author: Richard A. Muller
  • ISBN: 9780393069891
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    Learn the science behind the headlines the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming.We live in complicated, dangerous times They are also hyper technical times As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know truly understand, not just rely on television s tLearn the science behind the headlines the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming.We live in complicated, dangerous times They are also hyper technical times As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know truly understand, not just rely on television s talking heads if Iran s nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening This book is written in everyday, nontechnical language on the science behind the concerns that our nation faces in the immediate future Even active readers of serious journalism will be surprised by the lessons that the book contains It is must have information for all presidents and citizens of the twenty first century.

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    • Todd N says:

      At lunch with a friend last week I complained that science is generally considered to be a suitable pursuit for children or child-like adults, from Sid The Science Kid to the manic Bill Nye The Science Guy to the impish Richard Feynman.It's as if American society believes that curiosity about science is merely a phase we go through as we grow up, like playing with Legos. Sure there are some adults who still do it, but it is considered vaguely unseemly. (Meanwhile the over 50% of Americans who be [...]

    • John says:

      The conceit of this book is, obviously, that it's addressed to whoever would win the Obama-McCain race: here are the bits of physics you need to understand if you're going to make the right decisions on terrorism, energy, nukes (both weapons and reactors), space and global warming. There's plenty of good stuff here as well as lots of fascinating facts that I'm sure I'll find myself tossing oh-so-casually into dinner-party conversations. The text is extremely readable, bouncing along at an exhila [...]

    • Szplug says:

      Leaving aside the counsel to a potential president conceit which wears out its welcome remarkably early in this egress into scientific realism from a sober and commonsensical physics professor, Muller provides a healthy splash of Chill the fuck out and take another bite of this here Clue Burger, y'all a bunch of Chicken Little motherfuckers. The sky ain't necessarily falling, and there's no need to be crying your pretty little eyes out that it is, chump change water over a bunch of thickly and p [...]

    • Arminius says:

      The Physics for Future PresidentsIt is a fascinating book using science to explain and sometimes solve today’s major problems. Estimating future types of terrorist attacks can be calculated by knowing how destructive each potential weapon is. The surprising answer is that gasoline not “smart” nuclear bombs are their weapon of choice.Do you want to know how to bring down oil prices? The answer is to make oil from coal. Coal is our countries most abundant natural resource. The reason why we [...]

    • Trina says:

      This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the current issues of global warming, energy or terrorism. It outlines the reality of the science and its impact on these issues in the public realm. I found it very informative and helpful to be able to follow these issues and determine what my stand is and what course I feel our country ought to take. It also helps to not be easily misled by varying reports.

    • Warren says:

      This book is hands-down the most important book anyone can read this year. If I had the money, I would buy a copy for every person I know: it's that good. The book discusses the science behind topics that would be critical to any presidency: terrorism, the fuel situation, nuclear bombs and other related topics, global warming, alternative energy and more.What I really like about the book is that it's politics-free. Liberals and conservatives alike stand to learn a lot about themselves and the ar [...]

    • Michael says:

      This was a fascinating book to read, and I really enjoyed it. Dr. Muller examines many of the science issues we hear about increasingly today, and also debunks much of the junk science and media sensationalism that have had a deleterious effect on public policies often purporting to be based on science. The friend of mine who loaned this book to me to read warned me that Dr. Muller was "somewhat liberal", but, honestly, I did not see any deliberate bias in his analyses and explanation of the sci [...]

    • Ginny says:

      Pretty much everyone should read this, regardless of the presence or absence of designs on the highest office in the land. If you, you know, read the news or vote or anything like that, this book is for you. Not only is it incredibly helpful in contextualizing some of the science-related policy debates currently being waged, it's also just fascinating stuff (for example, the reason plutonium bombs are round and uranium bombs are cylindrical, or the fact that a square yard of sunlight delivers ab [...]

    • Adam says:

      What didn't I learn from this book!?I'd go ahead and list everything that I did but to do so would be to simply paraphrase the wonderfully concise and informative Executive Summaries a the end of each chapter!What a fantastic idea of Muller's that a future President must be aware of a number of basic, scientific principles that he can then use to help shape and guide his agenda. While he (admitedly so) gets a little personal with regards to the use of nuclear power in the States, for the most pa [...]

    • Grumpus says:

      Hmmmlook at the title. Maybe the word "Future" should be changed to include "and Current". I'm just say'n.Everything that is in the news today from nuclear bombs, to alternative energy sources, to global warming is succinctly covered in layman's language. I used my Kindle to mark some text that I thought was interesting and wanted to share. First regarding nuclear weapons, "small amounts of radioactivity have such small consequences that they could properly be ignored. Radiological weapons are n [...]

    • Mike says:

      Basic, which is just what I was after. A couple of things are worth noting. He takes a very even-handed approach to global warming. He rightly believes the hysteria on any matter causes a strong overreaction that makes discussing the real merits of the issue very challenging. Another thing that's not really an explicit emphasis of the book that I appreciate is his willingness to differentiate his role as physicist and as citizen. He is very clear and open about when he steps out of physicist rol [...]

    • Bruce Vines says:

      I feel by this book, in the area of natural law, the way I do about "Rich Dad," for finance. It discusses the physics that I believe EVERYONE should understand in today's world. It's a non-mathematical presentation of the physics that's applicable to our (the world's) current situation. One of the problems I have with people, in general, in our society (and the world for that matter) is that we're ruled by our prejudices (emotions) rather than our reason. I sincerely do NOT believe that God scre [...]

    • Taylor says:

      This is an absolute must read, or must listen to. You can get his physics for non scientists podcast also (Dr. Muller teaches at Cal-Berkeley). For those who don't love physics or math, a couple of notes, there are about 2 equations in the whole book (he puts the rest in the appendix) and it is a fun and enjoyable read. It is also the most even handed discussion of the science behind terrorism, energy (including a long section about nuclear), and space exploration that I have read. The best sect [...]

    • Carmen says:

      This book explained the physics behind important issues that the President of the United States might have to deal with. Issues like bombs, nuclear energy, spy satellites, and climate change are discussed.I liked this book because it explained physics in a way I could understand. Muller did a good job of breaking the science down into understandable examples and simpler words so that I didn't get lost in a bunch of technical jargon. It's also amusing because he writes the book as if he is talkin [...]

    • Bill says:

      Read this if you want to understand more about the science you see on the news. From an actual scientist rather than a journalist. Written without spin, and using words easily understood by the lay person.

    • Juan ManuelCharry Urueña says:

      La física, las cifras y la ciencia precisan mucho las cosas. Lo que dice el Libro: "Desaprender" todo aquello que damos por cierto y no lo es. El 9 de octubre de 2006, Corea del Norte probó su primera bomba atómica. Un arma robada sigue siendo el mayor peligro. Los atentados biológicos probablemente serán más accesibles y más fáciles de cometer que los nucleares. La riqueza y el consumo energético parecen ser equivalentes. Los chinos están construyendo centrales eléctricas a un ritmo [...]

    • Peter says:

      After reading this book and getting onto to plop it onto my read shelf, I noticed the 3 star rating I had previously given to "Black Hole War". I was prepared to give this book 2 stars, but after seeing my 3 star rating for BHW, a book that is way better, I had to knock this down to 1.I read the whole thing, but it wasn't easy. Not because the physics was too thick - Muller begins the book by stating quite clearly that as President you are probably to stupid or preoccupied to grok why E=mc squa [...]

    • Hilarie says:

      What information does a president of the United States really need to know to make informed decisions about some of the most important issues we are facing as a nation and as a global community? Richard Muller believes that some of this knowledge should be an understanding of the basic principles of physics. I loved the format of this book. Muller writes this book as though the reader was the next president of the United States. The book applies basic physics to a better understanding of five ke [...]

    • Jo Green says:

      This was great, it was not so much over my head. It was a practical book, it explained about the difference in dirty bombs and why so much gasoline was so powerful, liquid gasoline is equal to TONS of TNT, it explained is simple scientific terms how the molecules vibrate creating more energy causing the other molecules to vibrate and gasoline is just about the most powerful explosive around because it ignites in the air- or something like that. He said if the president got a call about a dirty b [...]

    • Stephany says:

      After reading this book, you'll be tempted to correct people you overhear, comment on a host of news articles with corrections, and go on a Facebook comment rampage on the Walls of less informed friends. Don't say I didn't warn you. This book is so necessary right now, with cherry-picked data and outright propaganda trumping fact-based debate. Muller tells you "everything you know that just ain't so," which you might not even know until reading this book. To name just a few highlights, he explai [...]

    • Kit says:

      Physics for Future Presidents was originally a class taught by the author at UC Berkeley. Students voted it the best class on campus. Then it became a series of podcasts, and now it's this book, which is extremely readable, very interesting, and ought to be required reading for everyone in the US, future presidents included.The book covers the physics of subjects like terrorism, nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, energy policy, and global warming. The genius of this approach is that it cuts throug [...]

    • Bas Kreuger says:

      Highly recommended! A scientist who writes understandable language for the general public is special, but one who can make you understand difficult subjects in a few lines is even better.This book should be a "must read" for politicians, ministers (specially defence, economic affairs and of the interior and naturally our MP Balkenende too!), but journalists would also be a good target audience.With Mullers facts in your head, you'll be able to evaluate opinions by (badly informed) politicians, a [...]

    • wes Goertzen says:

      this was an easy, lazy read that my dad had me read over Christmas. About a third of it was interesting to me. Only a third because I am an engineer by training so the other 2/3 was either boring or "common" knowledge and so didn't push me. I think that lay ppl (science is sorta religious, right? With engineers not being real clergy but more like deacons) who like science and/or are interested in the politics of science (environment, nuclear, war, etc) will be interested.The most intersting thin [...]

    • Gregory says:

      As a physicist (well, astrophysicist), I give this book my full endorsement. This really should be required reading for all people. Politics has a very nasty way of turning science into, well, politics, but doing it in such a way as to leave the public skeptical of the aims and goals (not to mention results) of scientists. Dr. Muller presents a fairly unbiased analysis of many current issues and addresses everything with the mindset of a scientist - relying on quantitative information to draw lo [...]

    • Neil says:

      I did enjoy this book but gave it a lower rating that I might have for two reasons, both related to its publication date (2008). Because it was published six years ago, I already knew quite a bit about many of its topics. Also, because of its vintage, some of the information is out of date (e.g the cost of solar energy technologies).That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the section on "Nukes". This was the clearest explanation of radioactivity, nuclear weapons, and nuclear power I've ever encountered. [...]

    • Xing Chen says:

      Works very well as a cheat sheet for non-physicists who want an overview of the hot topics, from the perspective of a recognised expert. Facts that I memorised from this book came in very handy during conversations with a nuclear engineer friend. Like all pop-sci books that distill complex principles down to digestible volumes for the sake of their busy, hard-pressed readers, the claims made are necessarily hard to assess, though they're definitely well-presented and sound balanced and carefully [...]

    • Amy says:

      Despite the title, this book isn't for future presidents. It's for the people who are voting for them, because it's everything you need to know, explained clearly, and it clears away so much of the misinformation, hype, and plain deception by the media. My opinion of journalism isn't exactly high in general, but my views on science journalism is particularly low. I knew a good deal of what was in this book, but it was a very good refresher, and I definitely learned some things as well.Highly rec [...]

    • Graeme Roberts says:

      Everyone should read this book. It is an amazingly clear yet detailed exposition of hard science that matters to many policy decisions, including global warming. Muller has no tolerance for sophistry.

    • Leilanadja says:

      A book regarding science applications and great reading for general review! Makes me want to go back to school and get that engineering physics degree

    • Petr Bela says:

      Energy is the most important resource in today's world, one that is directly related to nation's wealth but also the reason behind many wars in the recent history. The book provides a rational overview of different sources of energy, their uses, and potential dangers. It equips a reader with a non-physics background with an understanding of the first principles, mechanics, costs and risks of nuclear, solar, fusion, and other sources of power. Overall, it's a concise guide to understanding the en [...]

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