Good Physics Books?

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Hi, I was just wondering whether anyone could recommend a good physics-related book? Fiction or non-fiction, I don't mind. I like books like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and have also read some of Marcus Chown's books, like Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You. Thanks.

Posted Tue 1st October, 2013 @ 17:40 by Hoosierette

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I am not sure what kind of level of physics book you are after really, I mean are you studying physics A-level? Is this for physics further reading for university? Or do you just enjoy physics books? So I will try to give a range of books.

If you are studying A-level and looking for further reading, I would definitely suggest the Feynman Lectures, the Richard Feynam books are fantastic as he has a brilliant way of explaining both the ideas and the maths behind them. If you like them then I would also suggest watching his videos online on youtube, they are amazing.

I would also suggest John Gribbins to you, he is very good for further reading during your A-levels, as his books touch on topics explored slightly at A-level, yet they also help to broaden your knowledge and really extend on the ideas on the ideas from A-level. However I read In Search of Schrodingers Cat and Shrodingers Kittens during my GCSEs, so they are good books to read regardless of your ability and current level. They contain brilliant and well-explained concepts (along with they history behind them), without a lot of the maths, so they don't strong higher level maths.

While Ian Stewart is a mathematician, a journey to maths section of your local library or book shop would be useful as his book Does God Play Dice explains chaos theory very nicely, and it is a light and easy read, surprisingly without much maths.

While to me Brian Cox's books seemed to be filled with more pictures of him looking at things, than of actual physics (please don't hate me, it is just my opinion), Jeff Forshaw seens to have done him a world of good and the book Why Does E=mc^2? is definitely worth a read , especially if you are looking at physics at a higher level.

I hope I have been of some use.

Answered Mon 7th October, 2013 @ 15:32 by Megan1808
Edited by Megan1808 on Tue 8th October, 2013 @ 12:54
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surely you're joiking mr feynman

Answered Sun 3rd November, 2013 @ 19:48 by fboco
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you're welcome 

Answered Wed 16th October, 2013 @ 12:37 by Megan1808
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Brian Cox why does E=mc2 and also the quantum universe are very good books to read. They're explained in quite a simple way as well, to avoid confusion. 

Answered Sun 3rd November, 2013 @ 15:29 by Tilly - Team GR
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Wow, thank you very much, you have been most helpful!

Answered Mon 14th October, 2013 @ 20:17 by Hoosierette