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Help for introductory books for an economist-philosopher

  1. Nov 5, 2008 #1
    Hey!
    I know there are a lot of book recomendations in this site, but I thought my background
    is sufficiently strange to ask for a special answer.
    I've got my Calculus, basic Real Analysis and linear algebra OK.
    I'm rather weak in geometry though, but I feel ok learning new stuff in maths.
    I have some basic knowledge on Physics, but I've never taken a college course.
    I'm interested in a solid general introduction on basic concepts. I'm interested in general in philosophy of science, so I'd rather have a theoretic oriented book than an applied one.
    I'm looking for, I hope, demanding books, rather than washed-down versions.

    Thanks for your time!

    cd
     
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  3. Nov 7, 2008 #2

    George Jones

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    For an introduction to baisc physics, try The Feynman Lectures on Physics,

    https://www.amazon.com/Feynman-Lect...=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226107237&sr=1-2.

    For a look at the state-of-the-art physics and the mathematics underlying state-of-the-art physics, try The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose,

    https://www.amazon.com/Road-Reality..._oe_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226107022&sr=1-1

    You don't have to read Feynman before reading Penrose. Although both Feynman and Penrose are quite demanding, they are also quite rewarding. Read the reviews.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2008 #3
    Thanks for your reply!
    I've read a bit of the Feynman lectures, and it has certainly been a rewarding effort.
    I haven't seen the book by Penrose, but I'll check it out.

    cd
     
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