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Favorite read-with-tea Physics Books

  1. Mar 22, 2012 #1
    I'm sure many of us have books like these. Maybe they are text books, maybe pop-sci books, but often something in between. And whatever they are, they're so good that we don't just read them for reference.

    This evening I once again pulled Kip Thorne's "Black Holes and Time Warps" off the shelf and reread the first couple chapters. I just find it a delightful read, and it always takes me back to when I was a high school student just starting to learn about physics.

    I realized I have a handful of books like this, but I bet there are many gems out there I haven't come across. So I thought I'd list my favorites, and see what others have dogeared over the years, too!


    -Black Holes and Time Warps
    -Flatland (I'd heard it summarized so many times, I almost didn't read the book... but I'm glad I did!)
    -Mr. Tompkins
    -Physics for Entertainment, by Yakov Perelman (I've never seen a better and more wonderfully Russian collection of puzzles and musings)

    How about you?
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  3. Mar 22, 2012 #2
    "Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman" -Feynman
    "Demon Haunted World" -Sagan
    "Six easy pieces" -Feynman (this one has math though, but it's still casual)
  4. Mar 25, 2012 #3
    +1 for 'Surely You're Joking..'. I hadn't read through a book that quick since middle school.

    The Trouble with Physics - Lee Smolin
    The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene
    Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku

    I find first-year physics texts interesting enough to read for fun though
  5. Mar 27, 2012 #4
    Goodness, how could I have left Feynman out of my list!

    +1 to him as well from me

    And I've really enjoyed Cosmos (the TV series) but never read any of Sagan's books. I'll have to check that one out - read of course in the Sagan voice in my head.
  6. Mar 28, 2012 #5
    Not a "read with tea", but quite easy going, are the Feynman Lectures on Physics
  7. Mar 28, 2012 #6
    Strong black coffee needed...
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