Lewis Carroll Epstein

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Lewis Carroll Epstein is the author of layman's books on physics that use an idiosyncratic mix of cartoons and single-page brain teasers to pull the reader into advanced concepts in classical mechanics, quantum theory, and relativity.[1][2]

His books "Thinking Physics" and "Thinking Physics is Gedanken Physics" have been republished for almost 30 years, the former being on the Exploratorium recommended science reading list.[3][4][5] He credits his teaching style to experience presenting technical testimony to trial juries and congressional hearings.[6] Note: Unfortunately, Mr. Epstein does not give any credit to his co-author and the book's illustrator, Paul G. Hewitt.



  • Thinking Physics is Gedanken Physics (1979, ISBN 0-935218-06-8)
  • Thinking Physics (1981, ISBN 978-0-935218-02-2), co-authored with physicist Paul G. Hewitt[7]
  • Thinking Physics, Understandable Practical Reality, Third Edition (2009 ISBN 978-0-935218-08-4), author and illustrator Lewis Carroll Epstein[1] Lewis Carroll Epstein (2009), Thinking physics (Thinking Physics, Third ed.), San Francisco: Insight Press, OL 24234250M
  • Relativity Visualized (1984, ISBN 0-935218-03-3), held in over 7000 libraries.[9]
  • Relativity Visualized "The Gold Nugget of Relativity Books" (2000, ISBN 978-0-935218-05-3),[10]
    • translated into German edition Relativitätstheorie anschaulich dargestellt : Gedankenexperimente, Zeichnungen, Bilder [11]


  1. ^ a b "Open Library description for Thinking physics is Gedanken Physics (ol = 18198258M)". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Epstein, Lewis C. (2002). Amazon.com Editorial product description for Thinking Physics. ISBN 0935218084.
  3. ^ "Open Library republication dates for Thinking Physics (ol = 8712446W)". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Open Library republication dates for Thinking Physics is Gedanken Physics (ol = 8712447W)". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Exploratorium reading list". 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ Epstein, Lewis, Thinking Physics is Gedanken Physics, ISBN 0-935218-06-8
  7. ^ New Scientist review of Thinking Physics by John Gribbin, December 10, 1981
  8. ^ WorldCat
  9. ^ WorldCat
  10. ^ "Relativity Visualized "The Gold Nugget of Relativity Books" (June 1, 2000 edition) | Open Library".
  11. ^ WorldCat

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