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sertorius
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Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
I love literature, philosophy, and music, but am not really into science. The only area that pulls me in are the areas around physics or quantum physics. Can anyone recommend a book for someone who doesn't really "do" science that explains some of these aspects? I'd love to learn more about Einstein's theories.

Thanks in advance.


MaroonWhite
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
I've read several books by Paul Davies and really enjoyed them.

Some are more difficult than others, but most are geared toward non-scientists.

Also, you may want to check out these amazing animated YouTube videos on various physics topics.
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Roaad
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
Anything by Michio Kaku

Very accessible and aimed at non-physicists.

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sertorius
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
You guys have given me some great suggestions. Thank you so much.



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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
The elegant universe by Brian greene - goes into string theory

Kaku puts out some good stuff

I also thought Max Tegmark's "Our Mathematical Universe" was very good.

A lot of these will end up going over similar things and all so after you have gotten through a couple - its good to figure out when something was written and what aspects it focuses on before starting a new one.
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Gnar Cat21
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
You could also check out some stuff by Brian Cox


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Breric
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku is an easy read that attempts to explain how some of the technologies of science fiction (force fields, teleportation, time travel, etc.) could physically work.


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Shawn Spencer
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
A couple I found really good:
The Holographic Universe - Michael Talbot
Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness - Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner


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madmaxvol
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
It depends to what extent you don't "do" science.

The "Richard Feynman Lectures on Physics" are timeless, and are among my favorite reads. They are a 3 volume set.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
It might be obvious, but Hawking's A Brief History of Time leaps out. It is also fairly rich with Einsteinian stuff.

Another one is Why Does E=mc2? (and Why Do We Care?) by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw.




pensacola
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re: Recommend a book about physics or quantum physics
Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman


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