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The Feynman Lectures on Physics
The Millenium Edition, Vol. 1
Richard P. Feynman - 2005-08-08 (first published in 1964)
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Explore physics through the eyes of Richard Feynman with these timeless and essential lectures. From the basics of Newtonian physics to the complexities of general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's clear exposition and deep insights make this a must-read for anyone interested in the field. These definitive and introductory lectures are not only great for students of physics, but for anyone seeking an inimitable introduction to the world of physics.
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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 1998-09-01 (first published in 1988)
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Explore the mysteries of the universe with this acclaimed masterpiece by a celebrated physicist. From the origins of time to the boundaries of the universe, delve into the secrets of space and time. Discover the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, and explore the wonders of the Big Bang, black holes, and more. Written in clear and concise language, this book offers a fascinating and accessible introduction to the universe and its wonders. This new edition includes exciting updates from the author, along with a companion app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.
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University Physics with Modern Physics
Hugh D. Young - 2003-07-29 (first published in 1949)
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This university physics textbook emphasizes fundamental principles and how to apply them. It offers a clear and thorough narrative, as well as broad, deep, and thoughtful sets of worked examples that provide students with key tools for developing both conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. With a focus on visual learning and new problem types, the Fourteenth Edition adds new features influenced by education research to teach the skills needed by today's students. Instructors can also use the MasteringPhysics® online homework, tutorial, and assessment system to engage students before, during, and after class with powerful content.
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Fundamentals of Physics
Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics (The Open Yale Courses Series)
R. Shankar - 2014-03-25
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This engaging book covers the fundamentals of physics, from Galileo's and Newton's discoveries to the revolutionary ideas of relativity and quantum mechanics. Based on an innovative online course by a well-known physicist and educator, it provides a solid foundation in the principles and methods of physics. Ideal for college-level students of physics, chemistry, and engineering, and for general readers interested in science. Includes instructor resources and sample exams.
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The Elegant Universe
Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Brian Greene - 2010-10-11 (first published in 1999)
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This fascinating book by a leading string theorist explores the mysteries of the universe, revealing its complex fabric of eleven dimensions and the vibrations of energy that generate all matter. With engaging prose, the book makes even the most esoteric scientific concepts accessible and thoroughly entertaining, offering a new understanding of the world around us.
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Basic Physics
A Self-Teaching Guide
Karl F. Kuhn - 1996-04-12
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Master the fundamentals of physics with this practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide. This book makes learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore- even if you don't consider yourself a "science" person. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about physical phenomena, this book is for you! Featuring a helpful question-and-answer format and end-of-chapter self-tests, this fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics lets you work at your own pace and reinforces what you learn.
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Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Michio Kaku - 2008-03-11
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Explore the fascinating science behind seemingly impossible technologies, from invisibility cloaks to teleportation. Michio Kaku ranks these futuristic technologies by category and explains the science behind them, using the world of science fiction to explore the limits of the laws of physics. With engaging storytelling and compelling explanations, Physics of the Impossible takes readers on an unforgettable scientific adventure.
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli - 2016-03-01 (first published in 2014)
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Explore the wonders of modern physics in just under one hundred pages with Seven Brief Lessons. Written by award-winning physicist Carlo Rovelli, this book offers a playful and engaging introduction to quantum mechanics, general relativity, gravity, black holes, and more. Discover the complexity of the universe and our place in it, as Rovelli takes readers to the edges of our knowledge and into the workings of our minds. Experience the joy of discovery and the beauty of the unknown with this major bestseller.
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The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Brian Greene - 2004-01-01 (first published in 2003)
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Explore the mysteries of space and time with one of the world's leading physicists in this grand tour of the universe. From the concept of space as an entity to the direction of time, Greene tackles non-intuitive concepts like String Theory and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies from common experience. Take an irresistible and revelatory journey to discover the new layers of reality that modern physics has uncovered lying just beneath our everyday world.
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The Theoretical Minimum
What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
Leonard Susskind - 2013-01-29
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Learn Physics 101 like a world-class physicist and a citizen scientist with The Theoretical Minimum. In this unconventional introduction, Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky teach the skills needed to think like a physicist, starting with classical mechanics. Unlike most popular physics books, this book actually teaches the math and equations essential for physics. Based on Susskind's popular Stanford University course, this book covers the minimum needed to study advanced topics. Perfect for amateur scientists who want to learn at their own pace.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics by Sterling Education
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Character of Physical Law, with new foreword by Richard Feynman
Relativity by Albert Einstein
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
Three Roads To Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell
The God Particle by Leon Lederman
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
Problems in General Physics by I E Irodov
The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
Quantum Man by Lawrence M. Krauss
Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar
Principles of Physics by David Halliday
The New Quantum Universe by Tony Hey, Patrick Walters
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The Emperor's New Mind - Concerning Computers , Minds , and the Law of Physics by Roger Penrose
The Optics Of Ibn Al Haytham by Ibn Al-Haytham
5 Steps to a 5 by Greg Jacobs
A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss
Modern Physics by Kenneth S. Krane
Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday
Time Reborn by Lee Smolin
The 4 Percent Universe by Richard Panek
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Randall D. Knight (Professor Emeritus)
The Fifth Essence by Lawrence M. Krauss
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli
Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
QED by Richard P. Feynman
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
Big Bang by Simon Singh
Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox
The Theory of Everything by Stephen W. Hawking
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein
Philosophy of Physics by Tim Maudlin
Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
Universe by Martin Rees
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
Physics I for Dummies by Steven Holzner
Feyman's Tips on Physics by Richard P. Feynman, Michael A Gottlieb
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn, Frank Noschese
Beyond Weird by Philip Ball
Fundamental by Tim James
Science For Everyone by S. S. Krotov
Physics Essentials for Dummies by Steven Holzner
An Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner
Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
Foundation Science Physics for Class - 9 by H. C. Verma
Quantum Physics for Beginners by Carl J. Pratt
Introduction to Classical Mechanics With Problems and Solutions by David Morin
Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan
Scale by Geoffrey West
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
Quantum by Manjit Kumar
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman
The Principia by Isaac Newton
The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking