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Good book for non school reading?

  1. Nov 3, 2011 #1
    I have £25 or $40 worth of book tokens to spend. I normally don't read fiction books and was thinking of getting a scientific or engineering orientated book that I could read without having a degree in the relevant subject?

    I like electronics and physics and had though about either getting The Emperors New Mind or the biography of Alan Turing?

    Anyone else got any suggestions?

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 3, 2011 #2
    The Feynman lectures??
  4. Mar 10, 2012 #3
    Which Turing bio are you looking at? I've been hoping to find a good one.

    If you're looking for a pop sci kind of book, Fermat's Enigma is really well-written and doesn't assume a lot of math background. It gives you a pretty good view of math history in the course of following those who attempted to (and Andrew Wiles, who did) solve Fermat's Last Theorem.

    I recently read Janna Levin's How the Universe Got Its Spots which is about the size and shape of the universe. I thought it was pretty interesting, but I've taken a lot of math and I still found it tough...she gets into topology and stuff like that. Also, I know very little about physics and so I can't comment as to how accurate it is.
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