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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
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Brief Answers To The Big Questions
Stephen Hawking - Jan 01, 2020 (first published in 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...
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Bill Clinton
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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...
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Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Michio Kaku - Mar 31, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible—from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks—revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possi...
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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...
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Peter Skomoroch
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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...
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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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Richard Branson
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The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
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...
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Reality Is Not What It Seems
The Journey to Quantum Gravity
Carlo Rovelli - Jan 23, 2018 (first published in 2014)
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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
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The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll - May 16, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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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 physics, Se ...
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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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Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn
Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
Relativity by Albert Einstein
One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
University Physics with Modern Physics by Hugh D. Young
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics by Sterling Education
The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
QED by Richard P. Feynman
The Principia by Isaac Newton
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
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
Quantum by Manjit Kumar
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
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
The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
Problems in General Physics by I E Irodov
Universe by Martin Rees
Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
Science For Everyone by S. S. Krotov
Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone
Three Roads To Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin
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
Myers' Psychology for the ApCourse by David G. Myers
Move It! by Adrienne Mason
The Big Bang by Natalie J del Favero
Foundation Science Physics for Class - 9 by H. C. Verma
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Bradley
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
The God Particle by Leon Lederman
Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg
Quantum Man by Lawrence M. Krauss
The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Raymond A. Serway
Beyond Weird by Philip Ball
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
Fundamental by Tim James
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
Philosophy of Physics by Tim Maudlin
The Large Hadron Collider Pop-Up Book by Anton Radevsky & Emma Sanders
The New Quantum Universe by Tony Hey, Patrick Walters
Quantum Reality by Jim Baggott
MCAT Physics by Jonathan Orsay
The Optics Of Ibn Al Haytham by Ibn Al-Haytham
The Quantum World by Kenneth W. Ford
The Emperor's New Mind - Concerning Computers , Minds , and the Law of Physics by Roger Penrose