So far, I like the author's "voice." Readable, without dumbing down or overcompkicating the information. Her enjoyment if the field comes through:
Knowing about some basic bits of physics turns the world into a toybox.
Too soon ffor me to tell if I'll learn lots of new stuff, have twists/viewpoints to old knowledge made re-interesting, or find this to just be recycling some popular physics I already knew. The other posts in my dashboard have caught my interest and it sounds promising.
This book makes an excellent attempt to clearly explain a topic that is conceptually difficult, mathematically obscure (and potentially difficult...) and fraught with pitfalls that have trapped many, many unwary but enthusiastic scientists. The early chapters build on each other logically and provide a usable entry into the field and its practicalities. The later "advanced topics" represent a significant jump in difficulty, requiring a wide range of mathematical techniques that are assumed rather than explained, and are really only a good jumping off point into the wider literature on some really esoteric subjects...
So, this finally came through the library waitlist.
I actually wanted to read it for the booklikes book club The Flat Book Society but looks like that ended January 31 with their next book not starting until next month.
Oh well. Still want to read it because the posts and discussions made it sound interesting. I still have other library books and borrows due back soon that will be read first. And I'll likely read this nonfiction book in chapters/pieces to better digest.
The next bookclub read in March will be: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong