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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
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 ...
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
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 ...
University Physics with Modern Physics
Hugh D. Young - Jan 09, 2015
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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...
"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 - 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
Principles of Quantum Mechanics
R. Shankar - Aug 30, 1994 (first published in 1980)
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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...
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...
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Physics
Sterling Education - Mar 22, 2019
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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...
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
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
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
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
The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
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
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
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
Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
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
The Principia by 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
Quantum by Manjit Kumar
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
Gravitation by Charles W. Misner
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Richard P. Feynman
The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
One Two Three . . . Infinity by George Gamow
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
The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes
Gravity by James B. Hartle
Emergent Multiverse Quantum Theory Accor by David Wallace
What Is Real? by Adam Becker
Quantum Physics by Michael G. Raymer
The Quantum Labyrinth by Paul Halpern