Today, LitNuts is shining a spotlight on A Perspective on Life: The Big Questions Addressed by Jerry Goldberg, a conversational book that explores science without inundating readers with math and technical jargon. Read on to learn more. Click on the book title, the "SHOP NOW" button, or the book cover image to purchase a copy.
★★★★★ “Covers the broad expanse of science in a logical and friendly way.” ~Amazon Review
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This is a book about science, but it is written in an informal and readable format offering an imagined dialogue between the reader and the author. The book uses no math or technical jargon and incorporates many images and sketches to help clarify key concepts.
A Perspective on Life also recounts the major events in the personal journeys of famous scientists, recognizing that these great men and women were also real persons with the same problems in their daily lives we all struggle with.
The book presents, discusses, and clearly explains the following topics:
- Cosmology – Only relatively recently have astronomers shown the incredible size of our universe.
- The Big Bang – Astronomers know now that our universe began 13.7 billion years ago.
- Classical Mechanics – Isaac Newton was the first to use math to quantify what we see all around us.
- Quantum Mechanics – The most perplexing theory in physics, but the most successful of all.
- Special and General Theory of Relativity – Always proven right despite the challenges still coming.
- General Theory of Relativity – Einstein's masterpiece: what we perceive as the force of gravity arises from the curvature of space and time.
- Chemistry – How scientists put elements together for all our benefit.
- Biology – What we know about how we are put together and reproduce.
- Human History – From the human migration out of Africa some 50,000 years ago to present.
As author Jerry Goldberg says, these topics are important because "the public must have an understanding of the basics of science, which is the underlying structure of our modern civilization. Even more so, the public now needs a grasp of science to challenge those fools who claim to be 'science deniers.'”
Praise for A Perspective on Life
★★★★★ "An excellent book. It is readable, interesting, and informative on a whole range of topics not usually combined into a single book." ~Amazon Review from Bob L., a successful engineer and entrepreneur
★★★★★ "I like reading about science. This is one of my favorite books for several reasons. First of all, I could follow everything in the book. I like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History in Time, but frankly, he lost me about 2/3 into the book. I really enjoy Neil Degrasse Tyson a lot! But, once again, his books seem to lose me before I get to the end. That did not happen with this book.
"Jerry Goldberg starts with the ideas and concepts that were accepted in earlier times and shows why, how, and by whom they were challenged and changed. He continues along this path until he arrives at the current scientific thinking and then explains them, even if the ideas are complex. He does this without using mathematics or technical jargon.
"The chronological presentation of events—the stepwise growth of scientific thought—is enhanced by allowing the reader to peek in on the lives of famous scientists, and not just their accomplishments either, but their struggles too. Learning about Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and others was a real treat. Sure, they were geniuses but they were real people too. It’s a connection to their humanity that I have rarely seen in other books. This enriches the book and the reader’s experience as well." ~Amazon Review from Joseph G., retired engineer
About the Author
Jerry Goldberg is from Philadelphia, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University and a Master of Science degree from Temple University. Mr. Goldberg has worked for the David Sarnoff Research Center of RCA in Princeton, NJ, and for Univac Corporation in Blue Bell, PA.
Mr. Goldberg's career included the founding of a company to manufacturer holograms. A technique to emboss holograms onto plastic was developed in the laboratories of the company. Using this new technique, small, embossed holograms were affixed onto credit cards. This application of holograms requires very advanced technology and provides great security for the cardholder. Embossed holographic credit cards are now used worldwide.
Mr. Goldberg also was involved in technical sales as a representative for manufacturers of vibration analysis equipment. This equipment is used to detect vibrations in large machinery to locate and predict coming failures.
Learn more at JerryGoldberg.org.