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The Feynman Lectures on Physics
The Millenium Edition, Vol. 1
Richard P. Feynman - Jan 01, 2012 (first published in 1963)
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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
Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - Aug 01, 2011 (first published in 1988)
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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
Basic Physics
A Self-Teaching Guide
Karl F. Kuhn - Jan 01, 1996
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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physicsHere is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guideavailable for understanding physics and the physical world. Even ifyou don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helpsmake learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether youneed help in a course, want to review the ...
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman - Feb 06, 2018 (first published in 1985)
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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 ...
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Stephen Hawking - Oct 16, 2018
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Stephen Hawking was recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of inspiration after defying his ALS diagnosis at age twenty-one. He is known for both his breakthroughs in theoretical physics as well as his ability to make complex concepts accessible for all, and was beloved for his mischievous sense of humor. At the time of hi...
Principles of Physics
David Halliday - Oct 15, 2015
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The 10th edition of halliday's fundamentals of physics builds upon previous issues by offering several new features and additions. The book provides a very robust collection of high-quality problem sets, offering immediate and meaningful feedback to students, along with varying levels of question assistance. In addition to offering the end-of-chapt...
Fundamentals of Physics
Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics (The Open Yale Courses Series)
R. Shankar - Mar 25, 2014
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Professor R. Shankar, a well-known physicist and contagiously enthusiastic educator, was among the first to offer a course through the innovative Open Yale Course program. His popular online video lectures on introductory physics have been viewed over a million times. In this concise and self-contained book based on his online Yale course, Shankar ...
Electricity and Magnetism
Edward M. Purcell - Jan 21, 2013
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For 50 years, Edward M. Purcell's classic textbook has introduced students to the world of electricity and magnetism. The third edition has been brought up to date and is now in SI units. It features hundreds of new examples, problems, and figures, and contains discussions of real-life applications. The textbook covers all the standard introductory...
Rocket Men
The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
Robert Kurson - May 21, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. "Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy."--Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and...
Cosmos
Carl Sagan - Dec 10, 2013 (first published in 1980)
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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Forewor...
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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Richard Rhodes - Jan 01, 1986
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In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.     Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesti...
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Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma
Relativity by Albert Einstein
Big Bang by Simon Singh
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The Theory of Everything by Stephen W. Hawking
Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
Problems in General Physics by I E Irodov
Universe by Martin Rees
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar
Science For Everyone by S.S. Krotov (Author)
Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone
University Physics with Modern Physics by Hugh D. Young
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
Introduction to Classical Mechanics With Problems and Solutions by David Morin
Quantum Physics by H C VERMA IIT Kanpur
The Atom by Jack Challoner
An Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner
Spacetime Physics by Edwin F. Taylor
Problems and Solutions in Introductory Mechanics by David J. Morin
National Geographic Angry Birds Space by Amy Briggs
Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewitt
Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating
300 Creative Physics Problems with Solutions by Adrian Dingle
200 Puzzling Physics Problems by P. Gnädig
Physics by Robert Resnick
Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering by F. RILEY
The Physics Book by DK
Myers' Psychology for the ApCourse by David G. Myers
Move It! by Adrienne Mason
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics by Sterling Education
The Big Bang by Natalie J Del Favero
Magnet Max by Monica Lozano Hughes
Foundation Science Physics for Class - 9 by H.C. Verma
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Bradley
The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces by Rhett Allain
Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg
The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy by Cornelia Dean
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Raymond A. Serway
Light of the Stars by Adam Frank
The Universe in the Rearview Mirror by Dave Goldberg
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
QED by Richard P. Feynman
Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
La realtà non è come ci appare. La struttura elementare delle cose by Carlo Rovelli
The Principia by Sir Isaac Newton
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Character of Physical Law, with new foreword by Richard Feynman
The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Quantum by Manjit Kumar
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
Gravitation by Charles W. Misner
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Richard P. Feynman
Relativity by Albert Einstein
One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
Black Holes The Reith Lectures by S. Hawking
Feynman's Lost Lecture by David Goodstein
Richard Feynman by John Gribbin
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes
Gravity by James B. Hartle
Emergent Multiverse Quantum Theory Accor by David Wallace
Quantum Physics by Michael G. Raymer
The Quantum Labyrinth by Paul Halpern