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Intro Physics The Road to Reality by Penrose

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  1. Jan 23, 2013 #1
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  3. Jan 28, 2013 #2
    This book is not an elementary book, nor is it a textbook in the conventional sense.
    It was a labour of love by Profesor Penrose, describing the development of physics right up to modern times.
    As a mathematician, Penrose does not flinch from using tough maths. But this is not a maths book. Proofs in the mathematical sense are few.
    With almost 1100 pages this is certainly a weighty tome and explores many of the areas of current research and controversy in present day physics.

    Recommended fireside reading for those with a decade to spare.
  4. Jan 29, 2013 #3


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    I've gotten a lot out of this book, but I already have a PhD in physics. I find it useful when I want to learn some general ideas about a topic that I can otherwise only find treatments of in highfalutin books or papers written for specialists.
  5. Jan 29, 2013 #4
    I've tried to read it before I started my physics bachelor a few years ago, but I never got through it. I found it too hard when attempting to all the exercices for what that is worth. It was written well though.
  6. Feb 5, 2013 #5
    Roger Penrose is a mathematician (of the geometer kind) not a physicist. For him maths aren't just a tool used to modelize physical things but a way to apply maths to something. This book isn't really about physics but more about physical mathematics. I'm not sure that a physicist mind is wired the same way as mathematicians mind. Anyway I've read the book but I don't remember anything about it. The Susskind/Hrabovsky book is written by physicists.
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