An old out–of-print physics book photographed among the shards in the foot well in the back of Tiger Woods’ crashed Escalade last Friday morning has become one of the hottest sellers at Amazon.com. As of today, the book spiked near 400,000 spots ahead of others.
The obviously well used paperback, Get a Grip on Physics, was published in 1999. It was expected to be the first in a series, but flopped in sales and was promptly canceled.
Tiger Woods’ interest in the book, an illustrated introduction to modern physics, highlighting the development of physics since the 1950s, charting the discovery of the four forces of nature, the search for grand unified theories and the beginnings of string theory, has made it one of the hottest selling book items on Amazon.com in the United States of America.
However, there has been no rise in sales of the book, published in the UK under the title, Get a Grip on New Physics, on Amazon.co.uk, where up till this morning it ranked at 71,115.
Delighted his book was being read by the famous sports personality, British author, John Gribbin, however, wishes it was one that were still in print.
Gribbin jumped into the spotlight when he predicted that earthquakes would wipe out Los Angeles in 1982. He is best known for his work, In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat, an exploration of the mysteries of quantum physics, which is still selling well even though it was published 25 years ago.
He has amassed a back catalogue focusing on modern science. His latest book, In Search of the Multiverse, charts ideas about alternative realities from Hugh Everett’s many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics to recent developments in M-theory pointing to a landscape of alternative universes in string theory.
In an interview with the UK Guardian’s Richard Lea, Gribbin said of Get a Grip on Physics: “It’s not a book you sit down and read from cover to cover, you can dip in and out of it. Tiger Woods is absolutely my target audience. He’s busy, hasn’t got a lot of time, but wants to catch up on what’s happening in physics.”
In addition to the revived book, Tiger Woods related domains are selling on eBay for $1 million and up.
And in direct response to an NBC story on the issue, readers vented in a slew of comments.