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Science/Physics based good reads

  1. Jul 27, 2014 #1


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    Hey all,

    I am going to be commuting quite a lot soon here and was looking to up my arsenal of science books to read (enjoyably).

    I've read books by Carl Sagan recently and have loved them. Books like a Mathematicians Apology by G.H. Hardy were also great.

    I guess, I am looking for some popular science books that will teach me a thing or two, while still being enjoyable, while I commute to school.

    Any suggestions/links is welcome. :D
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  3. Jul 27, 2014 #2
    Springer Handbook of Spacetime Hardcover – July 7, 2014
    by Abhay Ashtekar (Editor), Vesselin Petkov.. I haven't read this book yet.

    or his older book.
    100 Years of Relativity: Space-time Structure Einstein And Beyond.. My personal fav. Scarlet eyes.^^

  4. Jul 27, 2014 #3
    The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality, by Brian Greene are very enjoyable for me.

    Six Easy Pieces, Six Not So Easy Pieces, and QED by Feynman are also good.
  5. Jul 27, 2014 #4


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    Thanks for the recommendations guys. I appreciate it. I have read "The Elegant Universe" and it was a fantastic read. I may need to check out The Hidden Reality to top it off.

    julcab, I will do research on your books as soon as I have a moment.

    Keep 'em coming PF. :D
  6. Jul 30, 2014 #5


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    'Quantum Physics' Alastair I.M. Rae (Beginners Guides).

    so far i am enjoying.

    it Opens Computer Scientist's Mind.
  7. Aug 3, 2014 #6


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    Soul of the Night by Chet Raymo
    (like Sagan, Raymo makes the universe soulful)
  8. Aug 3, 2014 #7


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    A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
  9. Aug 11, 2014 #8
    A few of my favorites (That I need to read again);

    Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
    Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis
    Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
    Q is for Quantum by John Gribbin (Encyclopedia)
    The Great Scientists by John Farndon
  10. Aug 11, 2014 #9


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    You can't go wrong with QED by Feynman and The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Also, I thought The Cosmic Landscape by Leonard Susskind was a good read.
  11. Aug 12, 2014 #10


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    I was trying to find a good book about Werner Heisenberg (a biography) and this one seemed to be good enough but it's not available in the bookstores I normally buy from..
    I think it has been discontinued? Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I'm also up for biographies of other scientists or perhaps books about the Manhattan project..
  12. Aug 12, 2014 #11
    I use a website called alibris for finding second hand books and text books.

    Have you read "Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman!" by Ralph Leighton?

    It's not so much a biography, but an account of some of the things Feynman got up to whilst working on the Manhattan project, teaching in Brazil, etc.

    It is highly entertaining, but very informal.
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    Hello BOAS,

    Thank you for the suggestion. I've read both "Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman" and "Not always joking Mr. Feynman". I also have his QED book but I haven't read that one just yet.
  14. Aug 12, 2014 #13
    If you liked Mathematician's Apology you might like The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt, which is a well written fictionalized account of Hardy's dealings with the peculiar Indian math genius, Ramanujan.
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