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Recommend any other books?

  1. Jul 25, 2004 #1
    Im not sure if this is the right place to post this, if it isnt, feel free to move it to a more appropriate forum.

    Anyway, I have read Visions, Hyperspace, and I just finished Beyond Einstein. I really enjoyed Visions, and although Hyperspace and Beyond Einstein become redundant when you read both, the topic is still very interesting to me. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any other similar books on similar subjects that wouldnt be redundant to me since I have read Hyperspace and Beyond Einstein. Or, if there are books like Visions that anybody knows about that take certain 'futuristic' topics into more detail, I would enjoy those as well. I know this is kinda a broad question, especially since Visions covered a vast amount of information (Biomolecular, Computer, and Quantum revolutions, etc.)

    I was thinking about Hawkings' "Universe in a Nutshell" for now, but I wanted to see if any other Kaku fans had better recommendations. I tend to buy (but not read) books 4 or 5 at a time, so multiple recommendations are acceptable and appreciated.

    Just in case it will help, I am a Biochemistry major and I enjoy and spend a lot of time with computers, so all three major topics in Visions interest me all the same. So books focusing on the Biomolecular revolution or Artificial Intelligence for examples work, too.

    Thanks in advance

    I am aware of the rest of Kaku's books and textbooks, and also his follow-up to Hyperspace coming in December. I do intend to read these books (and I may even pre-order his publication coming in December if possible) at some point.
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    Brian Greene has the famous The Elegant Universe, which partly overlaps Dr. Kaku's Hyperspace, but goes deeper into string theory. Many, including me, think this is the best physics popularization in many decades (at least since Gamow stopped writing), he also has a new one on quantum theory generally called The Fabric of the Cosmos; I have that one from the library but I haven't read it yet.

    I'm sorry I don't know any good modern books on biochem; A good place to ask that would be on our Biology forum; there are experts in the field there. Likewise we have hardware and software fora where the specialized population of posters can give you help.
  4. Jul 25, 2004 #3
    The Meaning of Quantum Theory

    Well, I don't know but I just finished reading Jim Baggot's "The Meaning of Quantum Theory" which was a great read. It actually uses a 2-D state space and state vectors to investigate the sorts of stuff that QM is known for. Its certainly not redundant, since Baggott expects a certain level of maturity from his audience, and it is very interesting.

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    I highly recommend Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits by John Barrow.
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    Don’t even start...
  9. Jul 28, 2004 #8
    Ooooh come on,.. :tongue2: What do you expect when you post a site proclaiming that some guy has invented a lightspeed drive and that you too can buy details for twenty some odd bucks.

    you want to be taken seriously then act so, otherwise, I'm going to laugh at your post Ha Ha Ha Ha

  10. Aug 17, 2004 #9
    I recommend 'The Code Book' by Simon Singh. It is not about physics, but it is excellently written and covers the evolution of cryptography and codebreaking all the way from Vigenere to Quantum computers. Its very fresh material, you will not be overlapped with common knowledge, assuming you are a novice in the world of encryption.
  11. Sep 10, 2004 #10
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    Although old, and at my university required reading 'tamu', One Two Three Infinity - George Gamow. I am a physics major, and as such can say, mathematics is of paramount importance in giving a universal description of nature. I use the term universal to convey mathematics in a sense of an understandable medium, through which the scientifically minded sometimes communicate. The benefit of mathematics, lies in its complete disregard to language. This book delivers many descriptions of nature in this sense, ranging from higher dimensions to infinities.
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