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Studying Books for a prospective physicist

  1. Jul 27, 2016 #1
    Hello PF,
    Lately i have been interested in reading scientific books after knowing that most successful people got concentrated into books and that's what pushed them (Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates ...)
    But most of the advice i get for books are for business and management. So i would be pleased if anyone can give me any advice about books for being a better physicist.
    What i am reading lately are mostly Hawking books which are good but lack the depth because it is meant for the public, a book about geoengineering that i started today, and i tried once to read "A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion" which is a compilation of Einstein's works but i felt it was hard and useless because i will be learning it later anyways.
    So i wish you get my point and what i want to read and thanks for any help.
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  3. Jul 28, 2016 #2
    "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" was inspirational for me, but more as a gateway to the Feynman Lectures than on its own.

    As I matured as a physicist, "The Character of Physical Law" was also important in my thought development.

    Biographies of other scientists have also been inspirational, including

    "Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science" Dubos

    "Lavoisier and the Chemistry of Life" - Holmes

    "Galileo Galilei" - Drake

    "George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist" - Benge

    Don't forget that to be a good physicist, you have to be a good scientist also. Read books that will help you become a better scientist, and you will be a better physicist.

    Most of the physics specific part of it is working very hard, dealing with the math, and dealing with invariance at a higher and more general level.
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