Does anyone know about some good modern physics books for an undergrad student? Not a textbook but just a simple paperback to give me an introduction to some typical topics discussed in a modern physics course. Thank you!
QED is a very good book for beginners. It does not contain any equation. The expertise of Feynman helps you get a feel of QED.Relativity:
Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorne
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin
Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory by George Gamow
Quantum Field Theory:
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman
Nuclear and Particle Physics:
The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin
Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics by Martinus Veltman
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg
The Inflationary Universe by Alan Guth
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Unfortunately, I could never find a pop science book on condensed matter physics or solid state physics. Does anyone know of any such books?