Science and math books with nice covers

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Serious books on math, physics and related sciences usually have covers which are quite boring and visually not very attractive. (Books that have something to do with Universe are a common exception, but when you see a few of them you have seen them all.) But sometimes, covers are really interesting and/or beautiful. Here you are encouraged to present examples of such nice covers of serious science books. Please provide either a picture of the covers or a link to the picture!

Here are my examples:

- Deligne et al (eds) - Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians
- The covers are a funny and smart comic
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0821820125/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

- Schwartz - Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
- The covers are a piece of modern abstract art
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107034736/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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The series by Walter Greiner (who passed away less than a year ago) et al also deserves to be shown:
https://www.amazon.com/Walter-Greiner/e/B000AQ5284
These are great. Very Fauvist. It looks like they were all (? most?) designed by Emil Smejkal. I don't know if that means he's the artist as well. But they're pretty neat.
 
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Some books I have seen and own.

Introduction to Black Hole Physics by Valeri P. Frolov
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0198729111/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics by Francis LeBlanc
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0470699566/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

Modern Electrodynamics by Andrew Zangwill
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521896975/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

Foundational Concepts of Neuroscience by David E. Presti
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393709604/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0781778174/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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I took one off the shelf at the library to flip through, though, and clearly I need to learn a few years of math before tackling volume I even!
I am not sure about that, given your background I think you may already be prepared. If curious, also have a look at the first post in

https://www.physicsforums.com/threa...ifferential-geometry-series-by-spivak.666556/

and the mentioned prerequisities (sic) in particular.

With that said, I never read the book(s) themselves. (Such is the pleasant thing about this thread: You can judge the book by its cover. :wink:)
 
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(Such is the pleasant thing about this thread: You can judge the book by its cover. :wink:)
Best thing I've read all day!
 
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Books by A.C. Kermode on Aerodynamics have phenomenal retro covers but are really hard to come by these days. Here is my personal favourite:
http://imgur.com/a/SnGe7
 
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Books by A.C. Kermode on Aerodynamics have phenomenal retro covers but are really hard to come by these days. Here is my personal favourite:
http://imgur.com/a/SnGe7
Someone is scared of formulas? :-)
 
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Someone is scared of formulas? :-)
Haha, true. I like books like this because its like someone is telling you a story (Formulas spoil everything). :D
I suppose it all originates from the fact that I was told things like theory of relativity as bedtime stories.
 
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Haha, true. I like books like this because its like someone is telling you a story (Formulas spoil everything). :D
I suppose it all originates from the fact that I was told things like theory of relativity as bedtime stories.
:-D
Your parents are scientists?
 
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I always thought the cover on Griffith's introductory QM book was a bit strange. Here's the front and back:
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Actually my dad is a Biosystems Engineer and my mum is a Botanist.
I would argue botany is a science.
 
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@NFuller before reading the book the cat is still alive, in the end after it has bitten the poison and read it all it's burned out and found dead.
 
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I would argue botany is a science.
If all science is either physics or stamp collecting, then botany is definitely stamp collecting. :biggrin:
 
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