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May906, 12:10 PM

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Hi new here, I'm getting into this field of theoretical physics, and I have a goal to read several books over the summer. Currently reading Brief History of Time I guess because of its popularity. here is the list
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking Hyperspace by Michio Kaku Relativity: The Special and The General Theory by Albert Einstein The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene The Universe and Multiple reality M.R. Franks The Road To Reality by Roger Penrose question is, should I read Einstein's book first before going after the others or does it even matter at all? 



#2
May906, 11:29 PM

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What is your understanding of physics? Have you completed high school physics yet? Leave Penrose and Einstein's books last, you probably won't understand them very well. Keep in mind these are mostly popularized physics books, not like physics textbooks. Very entertaining selection though. Have you already bought all of these? Do you know how thick The Road to Reality is?




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May1006, 12:01 AM

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high school AP Physics is the last physics course I've taken, and no I don't know how thick Penrose's book is




#4
May1006, 12:02 AM

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Book advice
Ok I just check and it's 1140 pages, yikes!




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May1006, 12:49 AM

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If you really want to get into physics I would recommend picking up a basic mechanics textbook and working through that as well. The popularized physics books aren't going to teach you how to calculate. Fun reading, though! :)




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May1006, 10:15 PM

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read einstein. or lincoln barnetts "the universe and dr einstein." or wheelers intro to special relativity.




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May1006, 10:54 PM

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Light [but deep and intuitionbuilding] reading (with few sensationalized speculations which are often found in many popsci books):
Feynman's QED, Geroch's General Relativity from A to B In preparation for college physics, I agree with eep: spend some time learning basic mechanics (and electromagnetism)... and learn some basic mathematics (calculus, vector algebra, complex numbers). 



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May1106, 11:34 AM

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The Penrose is heavy reading. The book is interesting, but I honestly doubt you will get too much out of it if you don't already have a bit of a grasp on some of the mathematics involved. He just tries to do too much in too little space in the first half of the book.
The Einstein is a bit less daunting, but still takes some brain twisting. Although the book is excellent, if you have only a surface level interest in the subject then you may want to look into some of the popular science books on the subject. If only to start off with, at least. 



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May1106, 01:14 PM

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#10
May2206, 09:06 PM

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thanks guys great advice




#11
Jun406, 12:12 PM

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If you want a brief summary of astronomy right from past & mordern astrophysics you can read COSMOS by Carl Sagan



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