Searching for a book like Evolution of Physics or Physics for the Inquiring Mind

In summary, the conversation is about book recommendations for physics and the conversation includes various links to books and series, with the suggestion of John Gribbin's books as well. There is also a mention of Pauli's use of the term "interesting" as a euphemism for something that is not scientifically valid.
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Can you please suggest me a book similar in content to evolution of physics or physics for the inquiring mind perhaps a book with more detail and scope but maintaining the clarity of content shown in the previous listed books above please reply if you know
 
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A book that has always spoke to me about being a physicist is Magnets by Francis Bitter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0385094140/?tag=pfamazon01-20

There were all sorts of cool books in the Science Studies Series
https://www.qpbseries.com/home/alphabetical-list-of-series/anchor/anchor-science
 
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Last one:
Gordon New Science of Strong Materials
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0691180989/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Finkel Portrait of a Crack
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002CJITN2/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Mendelssohn Quest for Absolute Zero
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0470991488/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Glass Shock Waves and Man
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0969048807/?tag=pfamazon01-20

There are also the old Van Nostrand Momentum Books if you are lucky enough that they picked a topic of interest to you
https://www.qpbseries.com/home/alphabetical-list-of-series/momentum
 
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Thanks caz for helping out you're truly a gem💎
 
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caz said:
John Gribbin has also produced several interesting books
You mean "interesting" in the sense Pauli used this word? Then I'd agree.
 
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vanhees71 said:
You mean "interesting" in the sense Pauli used this word? Then I'd agree.
What did Pauli meant by "interesting"?
 
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It was pretty much an euphemism what he more bluntly expressed as "not even wrong".
 
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Related to Searching for a book like Evolution of Physics or Physics for the Inquiring Mind

1. What is the main difference between "Evolution of Physics" and "Physics for the Inquiring Mind"?

The main difference between these two books is their intended audience. "Evolution of Physics" is written for a general audience, while "Physics for the Inquiring Mind" is targeted towards individuals with a deeper understanding of physics.

2. Can either of these books be used as a textbook for a physics course?

While both books cover fundamental concepts in physics, they are not designed to be used as textbooks. They are better suited for supplemental reading or for individuals with a general interest in physics.

3. Are there any prerequisites for reading these books?

Both "Evolution of Physics" and "Physics for the Inquiring Mind" assume a basic understanding of mathematics and physics concepts. However, they are written in a way that is accessible to readers without an extensive background in these subjects.

4. Are there any other books that are similar to "Evolution of Physics" or "Physics for the Inquiring Mind"?

There are many books that cover similar topics in physics, such as "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking or "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. However, each book has its own unique perspective and style.

5. Can these books be used as a reference for specific physics concepts?

While these books provide a comprehensive overview of physics, they are not designed to be used as a reference for specific concepts. Readers may find it helpful to refer back to certain sections, but they are not organized in a way that makes them suitable as a reference book.

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