Ok, the problem is that I don't have enough time or money, so I want to be somewhat careful in what books I buy. I am looking to purchase a few books on modern physics that discuss new ideas in physics, and I've found many books with good reviews that cover the topics that I'm interested in.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I am especially interested in a discussion of symmetry that works from its basic defintion, and would include at least a few diagrams or graphs; and a discussion of how modern physics depends on ideas like symmetry and broken symmetries. Applications of this to ideas like string theory, M-theory, Branes, and Loop Quantum Gravity are also of great interest.

The books listed below each cover multiple topics, and there is some overlap. If you had to choose just three books from the below list to buy (and the rest later be read freely at a library!) which three might you suggest? I am trying to minimize overlap (without totally eliminating it; some overlap is necessary and useful) and maximize breadth.

Any comments (good or bad) on any books would be welcome. (I already own Brian Green's "The Elegant Universe".)

* "Three Roads to Quantum Gravity" by Lee Smolin?

* Hyperspace (Michio Kaku)

* "Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons" Clifford Pickover

* "Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions" Lisa Randall

* "Supersymmetry: Unveiling the Ultimate Laws of Nature" Gordon L. Kane

* "Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe" Leon M. Lederman

* "The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything" Paul Halpern

Thanks for your thoughts,

Robert

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# Which books to read? Symmetry, Branes, LQG, etc.

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