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Looking for the best books to increase my knowledge

  1. Apr 4, 2012 #1

    This is my first post, I signed up especially to ask it.
    I recently finished reading Steven Hawking + Leonard Mlodinow's "The Grand Design" and I found it really interesting. The bits I found most interesting were the parts on quantum physics, more specifically wheeler's delayed choice experiment and its implications. It blew my mind.

    I did ok at A-Level physics (which if you don't know is a UK qualification from ages 16-18) but really that's the extent of my physics knowledge. I'm soon to graduate with a first honours in bsc computer science but I avoid maths where possible.

    I really want to be able to understand the latest physics breakthroughs, the significance for example of the experiments taking place at the LHC. I want to be able to read about string theory and understand the significance.
    Can anyone suggest to me a book, a series of books, or any kind of information source(s) which can take me from knowing quite a small amount to having a half decent understanding of physics in general, so I can understand the things I mentioned?

    The less maths involved the better, but if it's necessary for understanding the concepts then I'm prepared to learn.

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  3. Apr 4, 2012 #2
    Look in the learning section here...
    Look for popular books by Lee Smolin, Michio Kaku, Leonard Susskind, Kip Thorne, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall. Stephen Hawking...all theory and concepts, no math...

    Consider Amazon used books...cheap....
  4. Apr 5, 2012 #3
    I did some searching on Amazon for those authors and I've decided to start with Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality" - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0141011114
    and "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/009928992X
    They've got a lot of good reviews, seem to cover a broad range of interesting topics and are inexpensive. Great!

    Thanks for the author suggestions!
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