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The Feynman Lectures on Physics
The Millenium Edition, Vol. 1
Richard P. Feynman - 2012-01-01 (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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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 2011-08-01 (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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University Physics with Modern Physics
Hugh D. Young - 2015-01-09
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For courses in calculus-based physics.The benchmark for clarity and rigor, influenced by the latest in education research.Since its first edition, University Physics has been revered for its emphasis on fundamental principles and how to apply them. This text is known for its clear and thorough narrative, as well as its uniquely broad, deep, and tho...
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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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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 ...
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Basic Physics
A Self-Teaching Guide
Karl F. Kuhn - 1996-01-01
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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 ...
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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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The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and ...
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Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Michio Kaku - 2009-03-31 (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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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli - 2016-02-29
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All the beauty of modern physics in fewer than a hundred pages.This is a book about the joy of discovery. A playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, it's already a major bestseller in Italy and the United Kingdom. Carlo Rovelli offers surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of general relativity, quantu...
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The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Brian Greene - 2005-02-08 (first published in 2003)
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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...
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics
Sterling Education - 2019-03-22
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From the foundations of Newtonian physics to atomic and nuclear theories, this clearly explained text is a perfect guide for anyone who wants to be knowledgeable about standard college physics topics or needs a refresher. As it navigates through the material, it provides readers with the information necessary to define and understand physics concep...
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
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
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
Relativity by Albert Einstein
The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Problems in General Physics by I E Irodov
Principles of Physics by David Halliday
Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
Three Roads To Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin
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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
Quantum Man by Lawrence M. Krauss
Principles of Quantum Mechanics by R. Shankar
The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
The New Quantum Universe by Tony Hey, Patrick Walters
The Optics Of Ibn Al Haytham by Ibn Al-Haytham
The Emperor's New Mind - Concerning Computers , Minds , and the Law of Physics by Roger Penrose
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
The Fifth Essence by Lawrence M. Krauss
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Randall D. Knight (Professor Emeritus)
5 Steps to a 5 by Greg Jacobs
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
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
QED by Richard P. Feynman
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
Big Bang by Simon Singh
The Theory of Everything by Stephen W. Hawking
Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
Universe by Martin Rees
Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Science For Everyone by S. S. Krotov
Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone
Introduction to Classical Mechanics With Problems and Solutions by David Morin
Foundation Science Physics for Class - 9 by H. C. Verma
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
Philosophy of Physics by Tim Maudlin
Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg
Physics I for Dummies by Steven Holzner
Feyman's Tips on Physics by Richard P. Feynman, Michael A Gottlieb
Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn, Frank Noschese
Beyond Weird by Philip Ball
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
Physics Essentials for Dummies by Steven Holzner
Fundamental by Tim James
Quantum Physics for Beginners by Carl J. Pratt
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
An Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner
Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
Scale by Geoffrey West
Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne
The Principia by Isaac Newton
Quantum by Manjit Kumar
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking