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  1. Jan 18, 2005 #1
    I am a sophomore in high school, and am becoming very interested in physics. It started when I was young and did a report on Albert Einstein, but is just now blossoming. I'm intrigued by nearly all areas of physics, and have just now begun to further my knowledge. I've read Beyond Einstein and most of Hyperspace (I'm still reading it), both by Machio Kaku. The problem with some of the information in Hyperspace is that it is either beneath me and prior knowledge, or too complex (mostly the math when it gets into string theory, like symmetries).

    The reason for this post is to see if any of you in the science community might have some good intermediate level books that can teach the math and concepts of physics. I'm not looking for a text book, but more books like those of Machio Kaku would be nice. Ones that explain the math in relation to a physical occurrence is good because I learn very quickly that way. I'm a somewhat advanced math student, and am good at teaching myself, and would like to gain a greater understanding of physics in general, though I’m particularly fond of relativity and string theory in terms of what I would like a greater understanding of. So if you know of a good book that fits this criteria, I would love for you to share it with me.

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Jan 18, 2005 #2


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    Roger Penrose's new book (The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe) is about to be released (2/25 +/-) and it may be just what you're looking for. Visit amazon.com for a detailed description.
  4. Jan 19, 2005 #3
    Wow. I read the description on amazon.com, and this book sounds perfect. Thank you so much, I think I will order it as soon as possible.

    Any other suggestions are welcome still.

    Thanks again :smile:
  5. Jan 19, 2005 #4
    Welcome to PF! :smile:
  6. Jan 19, 2005 #5
    Thank you! I don't know how active of a poster I will be, but I've been browsing the forums for the past month or so.
  7. Jan 21, 2005 #6
    hey, dont mean to thread crap but even though i think im interested in physics, i just cant get myself to read books related to physics,etc! i just get bored after reading the first few paragraphs.. does that indicate that i dont enjoy physics and should probably think of pursuing another field?
  8. Jan 21, 2005 #7


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    The old famous "A Brief History of Time:From the Big Bang to Black Holes" by Stephen Hawking is a MUST for anyone who claims to be familiar with phyiscs...

  9. Jan 21, 2005 #8
    Amazon.com certaintly speaks well of that book, and it suggests The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking as well. The description is enticing. Hasanyone read the book, and is it worth while? Thank you.
  10. Jan 21, 2005 #9
    They're both very worth while! They're great for motivation, if (ever) you loose interest just casually browse through it and voila! Back on track :rofl: :rofl: Brain Greene's books are good too, he did a PBS (or something) series which is available on the net. There's a thread somewhere on PF about it...

    Best wishes! :smile:
  11. Jan 21, 2005 #10
    Yeah, Brian Greene is great. I've not finished reading his book yet, but so far it's been awesome. But meh, I am only 15.

    Anyways, what does 'sophomore' mean?
    Better google that up.
  12. Jan 21, 2005 #11
    A sophmore is a 10th grader.

    Is that PBS special The Elegant Universe?

    Thank you all for your advice, I am looking into the books. :smile:
  13. Jan 21, 2005 #12


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    I suggest -

    God's Equation - Amir D. Aczel

    Great author and great insightful book.
  14. Jan 21, 2005 #13


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    I can't forget Asimov.

    I envy him...

    Read any of his non-fiction books, and you're good to go.

    Note: I blame Isaac Asimov for making me fall into science and mathematics. It's all his fault. :)
  15. Jan 22, 2005 #14
    Roger Penrose's book is kinda hard to understand. I had to read the second chapter twice . Any way, I stopped reading the book since im reading other books right now. BTW, if you know a little calculus, you could try The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
  16. Jan 22, 2005 #15
    Wow, Asimov wrote a WIDE variety of books, but I'll be sure to check some out.

    I don't know any calculus yet, but by next year I should be better off.
  17. Jan 22, 2005 #16


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    Yeah, he wrote over 500 books! :surprised
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    Ya thats it, its also an awsome book.
  19. Jan 22, 2005 #18
    Which would you all suggest, The Elegant Universe book or TV special?
  20. Jan 22, 2005 #19
    Id suggest you read the book, and Green has a new book out too : The Fabric of the Cosmos, its a really good book, this one deals with loop quantum gravity too .
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    me too i sugest the book
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