Books by David Lindley

DAVID LINDLEY holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and has been an editor at Nature, Science, and Science News. He is the author of The End of Physics, Degrees Kelvin, Where Does the Weirdness Go?, and Boltzmann’s Atom. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2007

"A good overview of a historic scientific debate."
Science writer Lindley (Degrees Kelvin, 2004, etc.) chronicles the early days of quantum theory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2004

"Sympathetic study of a man whose achievements were overshadowed by his inability to understand how science was changing."
Noted science writer Lindley (Boltzman's Atom, 2001, etc.) chronicles the life of an eminent Victorian scientist, in his time considered second only to Newton. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2001

"Physicists will be bolstered by Lindley's bottom line: Like Boltzmann, theorizing is okay. Science buffs may need to have references at hand, however, to refresh their memories on the principles of thermodynamics and kinetic energy."
A tribute to the 19th-century Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, whose early work "laid the groundwork" for quantum and chaos theory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1997

"If, as they say, everything in life is a matter of timing, DeSalle and Lindley could hardly have brought out a book at a more propitious time. (illustrations, not seen)"
Physicist Lindley (The End of Physics, 1993) and DeSalle, a DNA-in-amber expert at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, have a fine time taking to task the tangled web Michael Crichton has spun in his Jurassic Park books and movies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 1993

"The rub may lie in the eerie phenomenon by which the toys of mathematicians so often do turn out to be the tools that physicists use to construct—and demonstrate—the next paradigm. (Illustrations)"
When Lindley says ``myth,'' he means it not as a metaphor but literally: ``a story that makes sense within its own terms...but can be neither tested nor disproved.'' Such is the sorry pass he believes that particle physics has come to at the end of the 20th century. Read full book review >