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Looking for books

  1. Sep 8, 2006 #1

    I'm in search for books dealing with topics within sciences that I can read and understand without being a specialist in that field of research. The area doesn't really matter as long as it's well written and the topic explained in an interesting way.

    So far I only read
    Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh
    Noah's Flood by Ryan and Pitman

    I really liked the first a lot eventhough I did not understand much (well, nothing) of the mathematical concepts behind it. But what makes this a good read for me is the human component sketched out, the determination and struggeling.

    I read the second book within 2 or so days. Not the most thrilling book as most of the concepts discussed were not new to me, but still an ok read for a holiday. Also a good impuls to look for literature dealing with the contents and searching for updates fi I find time.

    I hope you know of more, similar books,

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  3. Sep 8, 2006 #2
    N. David Mermin, It's About Time
    B. K. Ridley, Time, Space, and Things
    George Gamow, Gravity and Thirty Years That Shook Physics
  4. Sep 8, 2006 #3


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    Fermat's Last Theorem - Amir D. Aczel
    The Music of the Primes - ? (I forgot.)

    There are plenty out there.

    I'm personally a fan of Isaac Asimov. He right's non-fiction essays that are compiled into a book. Very entertaining and a new topic for every essary or chapter, usually 17 in a book.
  5. Sep 8, 2006 #4
    Fermats Last is a great fun read, i couldnt put it down :)
  6. Sep 8, 2006 #5
    Any book by John Gribbin.
  7. Sep 8, 2006 #6


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    I highly recommend "Chaos" by James Gleick. I found it hard to put down. His biography of Richard Feynman is quite entertaining - "Genius" is the title.
    I also like John Gribben, and I think he gave Arp, Burbidge, et al a fair shake WRT intrinsic redshifts in his book "Spacewarps".
  8. Sep 8, 2006 #7
    michio kaku - hyperspace, visions, parallel worlds
    brian greene - elegant universe, fabric of the cosmos
    lee smolin - three roads to quantum gravity, life of the cosmos, trouble with physics
  9. Sep 8, 2006 #8
    Daverz's post reminds me of yet another gem from Gamow - Mr.Tompkins in Paperback. This one's actually two books in one, and is quite old, especially in the parts regarding cosmology, but very fun to read nonetheless.
  10. Sep 8, 2006 #9

    Chaos is an EXCELLENT work, IMO.

    Beat of a Different Drum, Mehra's bio of Feynman also includes a large amount of detail on all of his major work. Some of it is a little dense, but none of it really beyond what a senior-undergrad could understand.
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