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Inspirational books

  1. Jun 13, 2009 #1
    I'm looking for a list of books that may be used to either instill a passion for physics/math in high schoolers (leading them to pursue higher studies in the field), or to rekindle the snuffed flames in jaded graduate students. I have posed this question primarily to recover from my 4th year burn-out, although I'll carry forth the suggestions to my former high school physics and math teachers as well.
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    Courant and Robbins, "What Is Mathematics?"
  4. Jun 14, 2009 #3
    "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers" by Hoffman, and any of the Feynman autobiographies.
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    Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman
  6. Jun 14, 2009 #5
    Thanks for the suggestions folks.
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    "1, 2, 3... infinity" by George Gamow.
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    "Chaos" by James Gleick is a good one.
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