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Reviews of popular science

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Books are a great way to give us knowledge: from a nontechnical introduction to some basic topic to a specialized monograph that summarizes the state of the art in a research field. It is sometimes believed that a popular book is not intended to be rigorous, but this is a mistake. Writing in popular science must be able to interest the layperson and at the same time keep the attention and never irritate the expert. Such were the talents of Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday, the fathers of popular science lectures. If a topic is too difficult for a nonexpert audience, it is better to avoid it rather than giving the reader incorrect information. I will review popular science books in depth, with an emphasis on physical science books. In depth means that the review will be comparable in size to the original book, because the statements and equations in the reviewed book will be carefully evaluated and commented on. Reviews will be available in PRINT, EPUB (Kindle), and PDF formats. REVI

Comments on science

If we want to develop a consistent and unified picture of Nature, then we must identify the difficulties, inconsistencies, and incompatibilities in current disciplines, because Nature is unique and consistent. This newsletter reviews online resources prepared by scientists and engineers, identifying incorrect statements and providing guidance to those who want up-to-date knowledge on natural science topics. The incorrect statements identified in this newsletter include, but are not limited to, claims that living systems violate the second law of thermodynamics, that mass varies with speed, that the Coulomb gauge is not a physical gauge, that dark matter has been detected in galaxies, that the irreversibility we observe in nature is fictitious, that quantum fields are the fundamental ingredients of nature, that energy is not conserved on cosmological scales, and that quantum electrodynamics provides the complete basis for atomic physics and all chemistry. Email addre

Common misconceptions in physics

This book does not offer an idealized view of physics, but a realistic view with its problems, inconsistencies, and limitations. Popular science books written by physicists, physics textbooks, and the professional physics literature contain misleading or easily misinterpreted claims, and such misconceptions and myths are preventing a fundamental understanding of Nature. This book identifies over two hundred common misconceptions in classical electrodynamics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, general relativity, quantum mechanics, and quantum field theory. The claims that the Coulomb gauge is not a physical gauge, that mass increases with velocity, that entropy is a quantity characterizing disorder, that general relativity is equivalent to the theory of a massless self-interacting spin-2 field, that molecular chaos is the source of irreversibility, that electrons and protons are sometimes particles and sometimes waves, and that relativistic quantum electrodynamics is a Lagrangian