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10 books about physics
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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
This book was published 11 years ago by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics.
My First Book About Physics by Patricia J. Wynne
This book was published 2 years ago by Dover Publications and takes approximately 1.6 hours to read.
Physics is fun! It's all about pushing and pulling, running and jumping, rainbows and rockets — it's even about sports! Physics involves the sun and the moon and all the things around you, including how you use energy and how animals and plants do, too. This is the book you'll want to use to discover fascinating facts about gravity, light, heat, sound, and other wonders such as thunder and lightning and volcanoes. Find out how things move, how you see and hear, what electricity is, and what's inside an atom. These 46 detailed, full-page illustrations with easy-to-understand captions will introduce you to the most basic concepts of physics, using memorable examples drawn from nature.
Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime by Sean Carroll
This book was published last year by Dutton and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Science News favorite science book of 2019 As you read these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world's most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of twentieth-century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein's theory of relativity changes, well, everything. Most physicists haven't even recognized the uncomfortable truth: Physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics has always had obvious gaps--which have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable book, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us. Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many-Worlds theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established. Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding--of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Category: Science & Scientists
This book was published 7 years ago by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Category: State & Local
This book was published 4 years ago by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
There's no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestive chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy day
The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition by Stephen William Hawking
This book was published 25 years ago by Bantam and takes approximately 8.3 hours to read.
An illustrated, large-format edition of the best-seller has been expanded to encompass the remarkable advances that have occurred in science and technology over the past eight years, with a new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and more than 240 full-color, captioned illustrations. 100,000 first printing.
The Atom: A Visual Tour (The MIT Press) by Jack Challoner
Category: General & Reference
This book was published 3 years ago by The MIT Press and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
An accessible and engaging guide to the atom, the smallest, most fundamental constituent of matter. Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table. In this book, Jack Challoner places the atom at center stage. The Atom investigates the quest to identify the smallest, most fundamental constituents of matter--and how that quest helps us to understand what everything is made of and how it all works. Challoner covers a wide range of topics--including the development of scientific thinking about atoms and the basic structure of atoms; how atomic interactions account for the familiar properties of everyday materials; the power of the atomic nucleus; and what the mysterious quantum realm of subatomic particles can tell us about the very nature of reality. Illustrated in color throughout, The Atom offers clear answers to questions we have all pondered, as well as some we have never even dreamed of. It describes the amazing discoveries scientists have made about the fundamental building blocks of matter--from quarks to nuclear fission to the "God particle"--and explains them accessibly and concisely. The Atom is the engaging and straightforward introduction to the topic that we didn't get in school.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics by Sterling Education
This book was published 2 years ago by Sterling Test Prep and takes approximately 20.1 hours to read.
From the foundations of Newtonian physics to atomic and nuclear theories, this clearly explained text is a perfect guide for anyone who wants to be knowledgeable about standard college physics topics or needs a refresher. As it navigates through the material, it provides readers with the information necessary to define and understand physics concepts. Readers will also develop the ability to comprehend basic physical laws that govern our universe, as well as skills to apply the theoretical knowledge to solving conceptual and quantitative problems. This book was designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of our physical universe, as well as the relationships between different laws of physics. The content is focused on an essential review of all major physics theories, principles, and experimental approaches. You will learn about kinematics and dynamics, statics and equilibrium, foundations of gravity, energy, work, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, basic principles of atomic physics, as well as heat and thermodynamics. The book also describes all major topics covered in a standard college physics course and walks you through solving different types of problems. Created by highly qualified physics instructors with years of experience in applied physics, as well as in academic settings, this book educates and empowers readers, regardless of whether they took college physics or not, helping them develop and increase their understanding of how our universe works.
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
Category: History & Philosophy
This book was published 10 years ago by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
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