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The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics
The Definitive and Extended Edition
by Richard P. Feynman (Dec 31, 2005)
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The revised edition of Feynman's legendary lectures includes extensive corrections and updates collated by Feynman and his colleagues. A new foreword by Kip Thorne, the current Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, discusses the relevance of the new edition to today's readers. This boxed set also includes Feynman's new Tips o...
The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch (Dec 31, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all s...
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 06, 2018)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
Reality Is Not What It Seems
The Journey to Quantum Gravity
by Carlo Rovelli (Jan 23, 2018)
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"The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they're calling the next Stephen Hawking." --The Times Magazine From the New York Times-bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and the forthcoming The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and...
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Naval Ravikant
The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
by Sean Carroll (May 16, 2017)
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The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe--and how we understand it."Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative."--The New York Times "Succeeds spectacularly."--Science"A tour de force."--Salon Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physic...
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard P. Feynman (Apr 17, 1997)
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Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; painting a naked ...
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Noah Kagan
The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
by Richard P. Feynman (Oct 26, 2014)
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Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the ...
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Ryan Shea
Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
by Sean Carroll (Sep 10, 2019)
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As you read these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this worlds most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th 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 t...
Este libro aborda uno de los mayores misterios de la física cuántica: ¿de qué está compuesta, en definitiva, la realidad?, ¿cuál es la estructura profunda de las cosas?, ¿cómo se conjuga la gramática de la naturaleza? A medida que nuestros instrumentos de observación se perfeccionan, surgen nuevas estructuras cuyo comportamiento desafía las leyes d...
The Principia
The Authoritative Translation and Guide
by Sir Isaac Newton (Feb 04, 2016)
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In his monumental 1687 work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, known familiarly as the Principia, Isaac Newton laid out in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have guided the development of modern physical science. Even after more than three centuries and the revolutions of Einsteinian relativity and quantum...
Six Easy Pieces
Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
by Richard P. Feynman (Mar 22, 2011)
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"If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces."- John Gribbin, New ScientistIt was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a ser...
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Naval Ravikant
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces
Einstein’s Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time
by Richard P. Feynman (Mar 22, 2011)
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It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics. In Six Not-So-Easy Pieces, taken from these famous lectures, Feyn...
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Naval Ravikant
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. I
The New Millennium Edition
by Richard P. Feynman (Oct 03, 2011)
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"The whole thing was basically an experiment," Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning publications that have remained definitive and introductory to physics for decades. Ranging from the basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formi...
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Bill Gates
A Briefer History of Time
The Science Classic Made More Accessible
by Stephen Hawking (May 13, 2008)
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Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another; the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years si...
The Character of Physical Law, with new foreword
by Richard Feynman (Mar 09, 2017)
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In the Messenger Lectures, originally delivered at Cornell University & recorded for TV by the BBC, Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws & gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law isn't "how clever we are to have found it out, cle...
Introduction to Electrodynamics
by David J. Griffiths (Jul 11, 2017)
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This well-known undergraduate electrodynamics textbook is now available in a more affordable printing from Cambridge University Press. The Fourth Edition provides a rigorous, yet clear and accessible treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory and offers a sound platform for explorations of related applications (AC circuits, antennas, t...
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Susan J. Fowler
For the Love of Physics
From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
by Walter Lewin (Feb 07, 2012)
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In For the Love of Physics, beloved MIT professor Walter Lewin, whose riveting physics lectures made him a YouTube super-star, takes readers on a remarkably fun, inventive, and often wacky journey that brings the joys of physics to life.“For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics, and brilliance as ...
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Bill Gates
The Fabric of Reality
The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications
by David Deutsch (Jul 31, 1998)
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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one w...
Description Timeless and collectible, The Feynman Lectures on Physics are essentialreading, not just for students of Physics, but for anyone seekingan insightful introduction to the field from the inimitable RichardP. Feynman. "When I look at The Feynman Lectures on Physics , I feel a verypersonal sense of closeness to them," said Feynman, looking ...
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Bill Gates
Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality
by Manjit Kumar (May 08, 2011)
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For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific revolution, and the divisive debate at its heart.For 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theo...
Parallel Worlds
A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
by Michio Kaku (Feb 14, 2006)
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In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string th...
Black Holes and Time Warps
Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Commonwealth Fund Book Program)
by Kip S. Thorne (Jan 16, 1995)
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Ever since Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity burst upon the world in 1915 some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected them.Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our un...
by Charles W. Misner (Oct 24, 2017)
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First published in 1973, Gravitation is a landmark graduate-level textbook that presents Einstein's general theory of relativity and offers a rigorous, full-year course on the physics of gravitation. Upon publication, Science called it "a pedagogic masterpiece," and it has since become a classic, considered essential reading for every serious stude...
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Seamus Blackley
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track
by Richard P. Feynman (Apr 25, 2006)
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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look...
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Naval Ravikant
One Two Three . . . Infinity
Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by George Gamow (Aug 31, 1988)
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". . . full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe." — New York Herald TribuneOne of the world's foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), ...
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Steven Pinker
The Special and the General Theory (Penguin Classics)
by Albert Einstein (Jul 25, 2006)
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An accesible version of Einstein's masterpiece of theory, written by the genius himselfAccording to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathema...
What Is Real?
The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
by Adam Becker (Sep 03, 2019)
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"A thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science." --New York Times Book ReviewEvery physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's solipsistic a...
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Brian Cox
Big Bang
The Origin of the Universe (P.S.)
by Simon Singh (Nov 01, 2005)
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A half century ago, a shocking Washington Post headline claimed that the world began in five cataclysmic minutes rather than having existed for all time; a skeptical scientist dubbed the maverick theory the Big Bang. In this amazingly comprehensible history of the universe, Simon Singh decodes the mystery behind the Big Bang theory, lading us throu...
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking (Sep 01, 1998)
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In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraor...
Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
by Stephen Hawking (Aug 01, 2011)
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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by the world renowned physicist - generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories ...
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Richard Branson
The Strangest Man
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
by Graham Farmelo (Jun 28, 2011)
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'A monumental achievement - one of the great scientific biographies.' Michael FraynThe Strangest Man is the Costa Biography Award-winning account of Paul Dirac, the famous physicist sometimes called the British Einstein. He was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-century science: quantum mechanics. The youngest theor...
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Adam Rutherford
Black Holes The Reith Lectures
by S. Hawking (Jan 01, 2001)
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“It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers.”In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that fascinated him for decades – black holes.In these flagship lecture...
Feynman's Lost Lecture
by David Goodstein (Feb 17, 2000)
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Rescued from obscurity, Feynman's Lost Lecture is a blessing for all Feynman followers. Most know Richard Feynman for the hilarious anecdotes and exploits in his best-selling books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What DoYou Care What Other People Think? But not always obvious in those stories was his brilliance as a pure scientist—one of the...
The Theory of Everything
The Origin and Fate of the Universe (Book + CD.)
by Stephen W. Hawking (Nov 14, 2008)
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Based on a series of lectures given at Cambridge University, Professor Hawking's work introduced "the history of ideas about the universe" as well as today's most important scientific theories about time, space, and the cosmos in a clear, easy-to-understand way. "The Theory of Everything" presents the most complex theories, both past and present, o...
Thinking Physics
Understandable Practical Reality
by Lewis Carroll Epstein (Jan 01, 2002)
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Lewis Carroll Epstein explains deep ideas in physics in an easy-to-understand way. Thinking Physics is a perfect beginner’s guide to an amazingly wide range of physics-related questions. The book targets topics that science teachers and students spend time wondering about, like wing lift. Epstein elucidates the familiar but misunderstood — such as ...
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Naval Ravikant
Richard Feynman
A Life in Science
by John Gribbin (Jul 01, 1997)
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Few human beings have advanced science further than Richard Feynman. Even fewer scientists have made their work so profoundly human. Now this brilliant biography vividly illumines the immense achievement and all-encompassing humanity of the Nobel prizewinner who was arguably the first physicist of his generation, the most inspiring and influential ...
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Paul Graham
The Universe in a Nutshell
by Stephen William Hawking (Nov 06, 2001)
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Stephen Hawking’s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.Now, in a major publishing event, Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years si...
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
by Nancy Forbes (Jun 18, 2019)
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The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth centuryTwo of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the sto...
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Charlie Munger
An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
by James B. Hartle (Jan 04, 2003)
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The aim of this groundbreaking new book is to bring general relativity into the undergraduate curriculum and make this fundamental theory accessible to all physics majors. Using a "physics first" approach to the subject, renowned relativist James B. Hartle provides a fluent and accessible introduction that uses a minimum of new mathematics and is i...
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Brian Cox
Emergent Multiverse Quantum Theory Accor
by David Wallace (Apr 30, 2014)
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The Emergent Multiverse presents a striking new account of the "many worlds" approach to quantum theory. The point of science, it is generally accepted, is to tell us how the world works and what it is like. But quantum theory seems to fail to do this: taken literally as a theory of the world, it seems to make crazy claims: particles are in two pla...
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Sean Carroll
Quantum Physics
What Everyone Needs to Know®
by Michael G. Raymer (Jul 04, 2017)
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Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it became clear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics w...
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Mark Russinovich
The Quantum Labyrinth
How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality
by Paul Halpern (Oct 16, 2017)
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The story of the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally recast the notion of time and historyIn 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp d...
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K Ken Nakamura
The Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli (Dec 10, 2019)
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One of TIME's Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 "Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." --The Sunday Times From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist...
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Naval Ravikant
Einstein's Cosmos
How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (Great Discoveries)
by Michio Kaku (May 16, 2005)
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There's no better short book that explains just what Einstein did than Einstein's Cosmos. Keying Einstein's crucial discoveries to the simple mental images that inspired them, Michio Kaku finds a revealing new way to discuss his ideas, and delivers an appealing and always accessible introduction to Einstein's work....
Illustrated on the Shoulders of Giants
The Great Works of Physics And Astronomy
by Stephen W. Hawking (Aug 30, 2005)
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In On the Shoulders of Giants, Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see the world.From Copernicus’ revolutionary claim that the earth orbits the sun and Kepler’s development of the laws of planetary motion to Einstein’s int...
The Second Law
by P. W. Atkins (Jan 31, 1984)
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All natural change is subject to one law. It's the second law of thermodynamics. In this volume, the acclaimed chemist and science writer P. W. Atkins shows how this single, simple principal of energy transformation accounts for all natural change. Moving from the steam engine to the nuclear age, the narrative is full of vivid examples, ideas, and ...
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Chris Young
The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Commemorative Issue, Volume 2
by Richard P. Feynman (Dec 31, 1988)
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Paperback book in very good condition. Cover clean with slightly bent corners. Spine straight and binding tight. Pages clean without markings or highlights. Proceeds benefit our small rural Library in Oregon....
Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays
by Stephen W. Hawking (Oct 01, 1993)
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NY Times bestseller. 13 extraordinary essays shed new light on the mysteries of the universe & on one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time.In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. In these thirteen essays and one remarkable extende...
Until the End of Time
Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
by Brian Greene (Feb 18, 2020)
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From the world-renowned physicist, co-founder of the World Science Festival, and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this utterly captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face ...
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Steven Strogatz
Our Mathematical Universe
My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
by Max Tegmark (Feb 03, 2015)
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Our Mathematical Universe is a journey to explore the mysteries uncovered by cosmology and to discover the nature of reality. Our Big Bang, our distant future, parallel worlds, the sub-atomic and intergalactic - none of them are what they seem. But there is a way to understand this immense strangeness - mathematics. Seeking an answer to the fundame...
A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
by Michio Kaku (Feb 01, 1995)
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¿Hay otras dimensiones más allá de las de nuestra experiencia cotidiana? ¿Hay puertas de acceso a universos paralelos? ¿Qué sucedió antes del primer día de la Creación? Este tipo de cuestiones están en el centro de la actividad científica actual. En efecto, muchos físicos creen hoy que existen otras dimensiones más allá de las cuatro de nuestro esp...
About Time
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
by Paul Davies (Apr 09, 1996)
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An elegant, witty, and engaging exploration of the riddle of time, which examines the consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity and offers startling suggestions about what recent research may reveal. The eternal questions of science and religion were profoundly recast by Einstein's theory of relativity and its implications that time can be w...
Quantum Mechanics
The Theoretical Minimum
by Leonard Susskind (May 11, 2015)
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From the bestselling author of The Theoretical Minimum, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum physicsFirst he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.In this follow-up to Th...
Ideas And Opinions
by Albert Einstein (Jun 06, 1995)
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A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, and religion and science, to human rights, economics, and gove...
Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos
With Applications To Physics, Biology, Chemistry And Engineering (Studies in Nonlinearity)
by Steven H. Strogatz (Apr 19, 1994)
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This textbook is aimed at newcomers to nonlinear dynamics and chaos. The presentation stresses analytical methods, concrete examples, and geometric intuition. A unique feature of the book is its emphasis on applications. These include mechanical vibrations, lasers, biological rhythms, superconducting circuits, insect outbreaks, chemical oscillators...
Three Roads To Quantum Gravity
by Lee Smolin (May 29, 2001)
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"It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject."...
What is Life?
With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches (Canto Classics)
by Erwin Schrodinger/Penrose (Mar 28, 2012)
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What Is Life? is a 1944 non-fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schrödinger in February 1943 at Trinity College, Dublin. Schrödinger's lecture focused on one important question: "how can the events in space and time which take place within the...
Beyond Einstein
The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
by Michio Kaku (Aug 31, 1995)
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Beyond Einstein takes readers on an exciting excursion into the discoveries that have led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics today -- superstring theory. What is superstring theory and why is it important? This revolutionary breakthrough may well be the fulfillment of  Albert Einstein's lifelong dream of a Theory of Eve...
This book first teaches learners how to "do" quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it "means." Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. The book s two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles ...
The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
by Brian Greene (Feb 08, 2005)
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does ti...
The Evolution Of Physics
by Albert Elnstein (Aug 08, 2015)
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For the alternate cover edition by Simon & Schuster, see hereClear and concise explanations of the development of theories explaining physical phenomena....
The God Particle
If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
by Leon Lederman (Jun 25, 2006)
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In this extraordinarily accessible and enormously witty book, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman guides us on a fascinating tour of the history of particle physics. The book takes us from the Greeks' earliest scientific observations through Einstein and beyond in an inspiring celebration of human curiosity. It ends with the quest for t...
Volume 1 (Course of Theoretical Physics S)
by L D Landau (Jan 14, 1976)
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Devoted to the foundation of mechanics, namely classical Newtonian mechanics, the subject is based mainly on Galileo's principle of relativity and Hamilton's principle of least action. The exposition is simple and leads to the most complete direct means of solving problems in mechanics. The final sections on adiabatic invariants have been revised a...
The Principles of Quantum Mechanics
by P. A. M. Dirac (Feb 03, 1982)
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"The standard work in the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, indispensable both to the advanced student and to the mature research worker, who will always find it a fresh source of knowledge and stimulation." --Nature "This is the classic text on quantum mechanics. No graduate student of quantum theory should leave it unread"--W.C Schieve...
The Road to Reality
A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
by Roger Penrose (Jan 08, 2007)
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Roger Penrose, one of the most accomplished scientists of our time, presents the only comprehensive and comprehensible account of the physics of the universe. From the very first attempts by the Greeks to grapple with the complexities of our known world to the latest application of infinity in physics, The Road to Reality carefully explores the mov...
The Black Hole War
My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
by Leonard Susskind (Jul 22, 2009)
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Leonard Susskind, padre de la teoría de cuerdas y uno de los físicos más eminentes de nuestro tiempo y Gerard’t Hooft, premio Nobel de Física, conscientes del reto que implicaba la propuesta de Hawking, fiel a la teoría de la relatividad general, contraatacaron con las leyes de la mecánica cuántica en la mano. Esta obra no es, simplemente, la histo...
Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory
The Theoretical Minimum
by Leonard Susskind (May 07, 2019)
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The third volume in the bestselling physics series cracks open Einstein's special relativity and field theoryPhysicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and h...
Quantum Enigma
Physics Encounters Consciousness
by Bruce Rosenblum (Jun 16, 2008)
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The most successful theory in all of science - and the basis of one third of our economy - says the strangest things about the world and about us. Can you believe that physical reality is created by our observation of it? Physicists were forced to this conclusion, the quantum enigma, by what they observed in their laboratories. Trying to understand...
Principles of Quantum Mechanics
by R. Shankar (Aug 30, 1994)
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Reviews from the First Edition:"An excellent text ... The postulates of quantum mechanics and the mathematical underpinnings are discussed in a clear, succinct manner." (American Scientist)"No matter how gently one introduces students to the concept of Dirac's bras and kets, many are turned off. Shankar attacks the problem head-on in the first chap...
by Enrico Fermi (Feb 02, 2010)
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Indisputably, this is a modern classic of science. Based on a course of lectures delivered by the author at Columbia University, the text is elementary in treatment and remarkable for its clarity and organization. Although it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the fundamental facts of thermometry and calorimetry, no advanced mathematics be...
Classical Mechanics
by John R. Taylor (Jan 01, 2005)
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John Taylor has brought to his new book, Classical Mechanics, all of the clarity and insight that made his introduction to Error Analysis a best-selling text....
Thirty Years that Shook Physics
The Story of Quantum Theory
by George Gamow (Jun 30, 1985)
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“Dr. Gamow, physicist and gifted writer, has sketched an intriguing portrait of the scientists and clashing ideas that made the quantum revolution…”—Christian Science MonitorIn 1900, German physicist Max Planck postulated that light, or radiant energy can exist only in the form of discrete packages or quanta. This profound insight, along with Einst...
Modern Quantum Mechanics
by J. J. Sakurai (Sep 09, 1993)
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Revised edition includes discussions of fundamental topics and newer developments such as neutron interferometer experiments, Feynman path integrals, correlation measurements, and Bell's inequality. DLC: Quantum theory....
A Guide for the Perplexed
by Dr. Jim Al-Khalili (Sep 01, 2004)
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In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes an entertaining and enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics—beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2...
The Life of the Cosmos
by Lee Smolin (Apr 30, 1997)
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Cosmologist Lee Smolin offers a startling new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. In The Life of the Cosmos, Smolin cuts the Gordian knot of cosmology with a simple, powerful idea: "The underlying structure of our world, " he writes, "is to be found in the logic of ev...
The Cosmic Landscape
String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
by Leonard Susskind (Nov 30, 2006)
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In his first book ever, the father of string theory reinvents the world's concept of the known universe and man's unique place within it. Line drawings....
Div, Grad, Curl, and All That
An Informal Text on Vector Calculus (Fourth Edition)
by H. M. Schey (Nov 30, 2004)
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Since the publication of the First Edition over thirty years ago, Div, Grad, Curl, and All That has been widely renowned for its clear and concise coverage of vector calculus, helping science and engineering students gain a thorough understanding of gradient, curl, and Laplacian operators without required knowledge of advanced mathematics....
Spacetime and Geometry
An Introduction to General Relativity
by Sean M. Carroll (Aug 07, 2019)
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Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity provides a lucid and thoroughly modern introduction to general relativity. With an accessible and lively writing style, it introduces modern techniques to what can often be a formal and intimidating subject. Readers are led from the physics of flat spacetime (special relativity), through...
Introduction to Elementary Particles
by David Griffiths (Mar 14, 1987)
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This is the first quantitative treatment of elementary particle theory that is accessible to undergraduates. Using a lively, informal writing style, the author strikes a balance between quantitative rigor and intuitive understanding. The first chapter provides a detailed historical introduction to the subject. Subsequent chapters offer a consistent...
The Quantum Theory of Fields
by Steven Weinberg (Jun 29, 1995)
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In The Quantum Theory of Fields, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg combines his exceptional physical insight with his gift for clear exposition to provide a self-contained, comprehensive, and up-to-date introduction to quantum field theory. This is a two-volume work. Volume I introduces the foundations of quantum field theory. The development is fresh...
The Five Ages of the Universe
Inside the Physics of Eternity
by Fred C. Adams (Jan 15, 2000)
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As the twentieth century closed, Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin captured the attention of the world by identifying the five ages of time. In The Five Ages of the Universe, Adams and Laughlin demonstrate that we can now understand the complete life story of the cosmos from beginning to end. Adams and Laughlin have been hailed as the creators of the d...
Fundamentals of Physics
by David Halliday (Jun 13, 2004)
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No other book on the market today can match the 30-year success of Halliday, Resnick and Walker's Fundamentals of Physics! Fundamentals of Physics, 7th Edition and the Extended Version, 7th Edition offer a solid understanding of fundamental physics concepts, helping readers apply this conceptual understanding to quantitative problem solving, in a b...
An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
by Bradley W. Carroll (Dec 10, 1995)
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This exciting new text opens the entire field of modern astrophysics to the reader by using only the basic tools of physics. Designed for the junior- level astrophysics course, each topic is approached in the context of the major unresolved questions in astrophysics. The core chapters have been designed for a course in stellar structure and evoluti...
Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals
by Richard P. Feynman (May 31, 1965)
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The developer of path integrals, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman, presents unique insights into this method and its applications. Feynman starts with an intuitive view of fundamental quantum mechanics, gradually introducing path integrals. Later chapters explore more advanced topics, including the perturbation method, quantum electrod...
Quantum Computing Since Democritus
by Scott Aaronson (Mar 13, 2013)
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Written by noted quantum computing theorist Scott Aaronson, this book takes readers on a tour through some of the deepest ideas of maths, computer science and physics. Full of insights, arguments and philosophical perspectives, the book covers an amazing array of topics. Beginning in antiquity with Democritus, it progresses through logic and set th...
An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory
by Michael E. Peskin (Sep 10, 2019)
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An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory is a textbook intended for the graduate physics course covering relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, and Feynman diagrams. The authors make these subjects accessible through carefully worked examples illustrating the technical aspects of the subject, and intuitive explanations of what is g...
A First Course in General Relativity
by Bernard F. Schutz (Feb 21, 1985)
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Development of the concept of general relativity and its associated mathematics, from a minimum of prerequisites, leads to an in-depth physical understanding of the theory and its most important applications....
The writings of more than 60 authors including Isaac Asimov, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Pierre Curie, Primo Levi and James Gleick, are represented in this volume. Each expresses a perspective on the Sciences....
University Physics
by Hugh D Young (Nov 30, 2006)
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Offering time-tested problems, conceptual and visual pedagogy, and a state-of-the-art media package, this 11th edition looks to the future of university physics, in terms of both content and approach....
The Inflationary Universe
by Alan Guth (Mar 18, 1998)
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This is the compelling, first-hand account of Alan Guth’s paradigm-breaking discovery of the origins of the universe—and of his dramatic rise from young researcher to physics superstar. Guth’s startling theory—widely regarded as one of the most important contributions to science during the twentieth century—states that the big bang was set into mot...
Calculating the Cosmos
How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
by Ian Stewart (Oct 24, 2016)
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In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning o...
Why Does E=mc2?
by Brian Cox (Jul 13, 2010)
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The most accessible, entertaining, and enlightening explanation of the best-known physics equation in the world, as rendered by two of todays leading scientists.Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einste...
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The Theoretical Minimum
What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
by Leonard Susskind (Apr 21, 2014)
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A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY wayThe Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Suss...
Classical Mechanics
by Herbert Goldstein (Jun 24, 2001)
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For thirty years this has been the acknowledged standard in advanced classical mechanics courses. KEY TOPICS: This classic book enables readers to make connections between classical and modern physics - an indispensable part of a physicist's education. In this new edition, Beams Medal winner Charles Poole and John Safko have updated the book to inc...
A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
by David Bodanis (Sep 30, 2001)
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E=mc². Just about everyone has at least heard of Albert Einstein's formulation of 1905, which came into the world as something of an afterthought. But far fewer can explain his insightful linkage of energy to mass. David Bodanis offers an easily grasped gloss on the equation. Mass, he writes, "is simply the ultimate type of condensed or concentrate...
In Search of the Multiverse
Parallel Worlds, Hidden Dimensions, and the Ultimate Quest for the Frontiers of Reality
by John Gribbin (Jul 31, 2010)
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John Gribbin's In Search of the Multiverse takes us on an extraordinary journey through the most fundamental questions in science, exploring the frontiers of reality itself. What are the boundaries of our universe? Could there be other worlds - do we actually live in a multiverse? Will we meet another 'us' in a different reality? Or are alternative...
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
by A. Zee (Mar 29, 2003)
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An esteemed researcher and acclaimed popular author takes up the challenge of providing a clear, relatively brief, and fully up-to-date introduction to one of the most vital but notoriously difficult subjects in theoretical physics. A quantum field theory text for the twenty-first century, this book makes the essential tool of modern theoretical ph...
The Nature of Space and Time
by Stephen Hawking (Sep 21, 2015)
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ContentsForeword by Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci FAA, HonFREngLecture 1 - Classical Theory {Hawking}Lecture 2 - Structure of Spacetime Singularities {Penrose}Lecture 3 - Quantum Black Holes {Hawking}Lecture 4 - Quantum Theory and Spacetime {Penrose}Lecture 5 - Quantum Cosmology {Hawking}Lecture 6 - The Twistor View of Spacetim...
Quantum Mechanics and Experience
by David Z Albert (Jan 24, 1993)
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No dust cover. Blank label on inside cover. Pages are clean and binding is tight. First Edition....
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The Hidden Reality
Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
by Brian Greene (Nov 01, 2011)
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From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most expansive and accessible book to date—a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe?There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of s...