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The Best New Smartphone Book

I am very proud to announce that my book, “Physics Experiments with Arduino and Smartphones”, published by Springer, has been awarded as the Best New Smartphone Books by BookAuthority.org, as announced in late 2021.

The best new Smartphone books

BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honour to get this kind of recognition. BookAuthority is used by millions of book lovers from all around the world and has been featured on CNNForbes and Inc.

The book, intended for undergraduate students in physics, is available for purchase on many platforms. You can obtain it directly from the publisher here, or you can buy it on Amazon. In Italy, it is available in numerous university bookshops, such as libreriauniversitaria.it. Springer often launches promotional campaigns during which you can obtain the book at steep discounts.

As a general rule, you can easily find who is selling it by typing “Organtini Springer Arduino” on a search engine like Google. A preview can be found here.

The book illustrates the use of Arduino and Smartphones in physics experiments, with a focus on mechanics, introducing various techniques by way of examples. The main aim is to teach students how to take meaningful measurements and how to interpret them. With this respect, it is not a textbook with a technological focus. It attempts to teach students how to correctly design, conduct and interpret physics experiments, being creative, yet rigorous. This goal is achieved using Arduino and smartphones as data acquisition systems, such that students acquire knowledge about these technologies, too, useful in many other fields. Each topic is introduced by an experiment. Those at the beginning of the book are rather simple to build and analyse. As the lessons proceed, the experiments become more refined and rigorous, and new techniques are introduced. Rather than providing recipes to be adopted while taking measurements, the need for new concepts is raised by observing the results of an experiment. A formal justification is given only after a concept has been introduced experimentally. The discussion extends beyond the taking of measurements to their meaning in terms of physics, the importance of what is learned from the laws that are derived, and their limits. Stress is placed on the importance of careful design of experiments as to reduce systematic errors and on good practices to avoid common mistakes. Data are always analysed using computer software. C-like structures are introduced in teaching how to program Arduino, while data collection and analysis is done using Python. Several methods of graphical representation of data are used.

You are also invited to check out my other publications, in Italian: “Fisica con Arduino“, “Programmazione Scientifica” and “Fondamenti di Fisica” by James Walker, for which I curated the Italian edition and provided a few video lectures in which I show how to perform experiments using Arduino and smartphones from scratch.

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