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The most interesting physics book

  1. May 28, 2004 #1
    What is the most informative and interesting physics book you have ever read? I'd like something to read that's worth the money!It can be about any subject.Technical or non-technical.
     
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  3. May 28, 2004 #2
    I could list hundreds...
     
  4. May 28, 2004 #3

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    Inward Bound by Abraham Pais is a neat mix of chatty history and nitty-gritty details, if I remember correctly a decade after reading it.
     
  5. May 29, 2004 #4

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    Well, I'd say Goldstein's Classical mechanics, but I wouldn't recommend just reading it.

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  6. May 29, 2004 #5
    Do you want a physics book that will help you solve practical physics problems? or do you want a book that will make you understand and appreciate the beauty of physics?
     
  7. Jun 1, 2004 #6
    The Character of Physical Law is one of my favorites. Written by Richard Feynman. Very interesting person he is indeed.
     
  8. Jun 2, 2004 #7

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    Look for "The Second Creation" by Robert P Crease and Charles C Mann. This is one book you will NEVER regret buying. I've seen it on Amazon.
     
  9. Jun 2, 2004 #8

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    Heavens, have we bred beings on this planet that are capable of such feelings towards Goldstein ?
     
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    What action is Gokul43201 imagining here?
     
  11. Jun 4, 2004 #10
    Chaos by James Gleick

    He goes through the history of the development of Chaos as a science and mathematical field. It is absolutely fascinating to read, by far one of the best "pop-sci" books i've ever read, and it is not technical at all, very easy to understand.
     
  12. Jun 4, 2004 #11
    Feynman Lectures on Physics (Feynman et al), The Elegant Universe (Brian Greene)
     
  13. Jun 4, 2004 #12
    i read the book but i cant say it's only a physics book it's an all around science book: biology,chemistry, physics and maths.
    each oh these subjects have a connection to chaos theory and this book can be a great teaser to read some other more technical stuff in chaos theory.
     
  14. Jun 5, 2004 #13
    i read hawking's "brief history of time" while in high school, this book really got the ball rolling for me.......
     
  15. Jun 5, 2004 #14

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    I've read Gleick too. Was not bad.

    The pictures are fun though.
     
  16. Jun 5, 2004 #15

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    Gleik has a biography of Feynman which is pretty good too. It gets into Feynman's own methods of thinking physics, which evolved over his lifetime, and it gives a better picture of the man than the deliberate caricature in the "Surely You're Joking" books.

    No equations though.
     
  17. Jun 6, 2004 #16
    I found Stuart kauffman's "At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity" a very interesting read. He tries to tell us that natural selection's hash-mash of accidents is not the only force at work during evolution.

    It influenced me almost as much as Gleick's book on chaos.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that my favorite physics book is "The self-made tapestry" by Philip Ball. Definitely worth reading!

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  18. Jun 6, 2004 #17
    "Six not so easy pieces" by Richard Feynman really gives the reader a clear picture of what special and general relativity are about.
     
  19. Jun 7, 2004 #18

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    Also about how nice it is to have symmetry.
     
  20. Jun 7, 2004 #19

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    And there's another by John & Mary Gribbin
     
  21. Jun 8, 2004 #20
    At the moment, I think SIMILARITIES IN PHYSICS by John N. Shive and Robert L. Weber is the most interesting and informative physics book I've read although I really like Poincare's writing in his THE FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE volumes and Mach's THE SCIENCE OF MECHANICS. What I find interesting in these books is the way these men are thinking. I like Einstein's writings for similar reasons but an anthology of essays may not qualify as a book perhaps. If it did I would add papers by Edwin Jaynes and David Hestenes. I'm still searching for more.
     
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