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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Ahh, I see. It's inscribed by Feynman.

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J. Stillwell wrote an excellent book in the history of mathematics.

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"To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science" by Steven Weinberg,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062346652/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The body of this non-mathematical but scholarly book starts with the the ancient Greeks and ends with Newton. There is also some more modern stuff in "Epilogue: The Grand Reduction" and a little math in "Technical Notes".

From the Preface:

"So this book is not solely about how we came to learn various things about the world. This naturally a concern of any history of science. My focus in this book is a little different - it is how we came to learn how to learn about the world."

We teach our kids a cartoon version of how to do science called the Scientific Method, Hypothesis ,,, Result, so I like

"Archimedes was smart enough to choose the right postulates, but scientific research is more honestly reported as a tangle of deduction, induction, and guesswork."

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062346652/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The body of this non-mathematical but scholarly book starts with the the ancient Greeks and ends with Newton. There is also some more modern stuff in "Epilogue: The Grand Reduction" and a little math in "Technical Notes".

From the Preface:

"So this book is not solely about how we came to learn various things about the world. This naturally a concern of any history of science. My focus in this book is a little different - it is how we came to learn how to learn about the world."

We teach our kids a cartoon version of how to do science called the Scientific Method, Hypothesis ,,, Result, so I like

"Archimedes was smart enough to choose the right postulates, but scientific research is more honestly reported as a tangle of deduction, induction, and guesswork."

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Below are some of my favorites:

1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/144196052X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

2. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0195105192/?tag=pfamazon01-20

3. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262516489/?tag=pfamazon01-20

1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/144196052X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

2. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0195105192/?tag=pfamazon01-20

3. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262516489/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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In your situation the best is to go to a library and browse through books about the topic you are interested in. It's great fun, and you may find a book to read in more detail. At least it's the cheapest way to get started, because if you don't already exactly know what you are interested in, it's a pretty expensive way to just buy books from suggestions of others, which may have much different tastes and needs the you have :-)).

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Then again, you can never own enough booksIn your situation the best is to go to a library and browse through books about the topic you are interested in. It's great fun, and you may find a book to read in more detail. At least it's the cheapest way to get started, because if you don't already exactly know what you are interested in, it's a pretty expensive way to just buy books from suggestions of others, which may have much different tastes and needs the you have :-)).

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I agree. I have a descent collection, but with all these 10ish dollar books, I got to catch 'em all.

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