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Best Nontechnical Physics Books

  1. Nov 29, 2009 #1
    Best "Nontechnical" Physics Books

    Does anyone have any suggestions on some good nontechnical books on physics? I want to know more about the history of science, lives of the scientists, etc., but I'm not necessarily opposed to something with equations and discussion on theories either. What I really mean by nontechnical is anything that isn't a formal paper or textbook. I'll read about any topic really, but right now I'm interested in the less mainstream type of theories. Not futuristic Kaku type science fiction-science, but just lesser known ideas. I know I could search on Amazon and get some good results, but I'm looking personal suggestions. Help me out?
     
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  3. Nov 29, 2009 #2

    S_Happens

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    Re: Best "Nontechnical" Physics Books

    Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond

    Definitely one of my favorites. It reignited my passion for science, even after formal education. It has a little bit of everything, history of physics, philosophy, biographical info, formulas, etc. I pick it up from time to time to take a break from technical info and just read about physics for fun.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2009 #3
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    Anything by John Gribbin, (no I'm not his agent or related to him in any way).
     
  5. Nov 29, 2009 #4

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    Re: Best "Nontechnical" Physics Books

    Coincidentally, I just (last night) bought a book entitled "The Age of Entanglement" by Louisa Gilder.

    A review from Nature
    http://www.ageofentanglement.com/review-in-nature-by-don-howard/

    About 35 years ago, I read "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" by Robert Jungk, which delves into some of the background of the scientists and their discoveries that lead to the discovery of fission and nuclear weapons.
    https://www.amazon.com/Brighter-than-Thousand-Suns-Scientists/dp/0156141507

    There are also numerous biographies on individual scientists. Last night I also picked up a copy of Graham Farmelo's biography of P. A. M. Dirac, "The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom". I heard an interview with Farmelo, and his comments about Dirac were quite interesting.
     
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  6. Nov 30, 2009 #5
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    Brian Greene is a great author, and is a bit more 'down to Earth' than Kaku...
     
  7. Nov 30, 2009 #6

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    Re: Best "Nontechnical" Physics Books

    This is exactly what I would have said, had you not beat me to it.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2009 #7
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    I really enjoyed Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them
     
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    Re: Best "Nontechnical" Physics Books

    I've browsed Hawking's book, but only heard about Bartusiak today.

    Also - On the Shoulders of Giants (Hardcover)
    ~ Stephen Hawking
    https://www.amazon.com/Shoulders-Giants-Stephen-Hawking/dp/0762413484
    The Day We Found the Universe (Hardcover)
    ~ Marcia Bartusiak
    https://www.amazon.com/Day-We-Found-Universe/dp/0375424296
     
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