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Intro Physics Modern Physics Books

  1. Jul 6, 2017 #1
    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!
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  3. Jul 7, 2017 #2


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    Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorne
    Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

    Quantum Mechanics:

    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?
  6. Jul 7, 2017 #5
    What do you mean by pretty hard to read? Like technicality wise, or it just gets a little bit boring?
  7. Jul 7, 2017 #6
    Although it is a very rewarding book to read, it gets technically very hard after the first few chapters.
  8. Jul 8, 2017 #7


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    Well, it is technically hard if you compare it with popular science books, but technically simple if you compare it with proper math/physics textbooks.
  9. Jul 8, 2017 #8
    Thank you! let's see how many I can read before my classes resume lol
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  12. Jul 10, 2017 #11
    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.
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