Steven Weinberg: the 13 best science books for the general reader | Books | The GuardianUpdated June 20, by Daniel Imperiale. This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in September of Now that string theory, black holes, and god particles have entered the mainstream consciousness and turned physicists into celebrities, it's not just students who will find these books fascinating, enlightening, and entertaining. If you're itching to uncover the secrets of the universe, you're sure to find the perfect read for your level of knowledge from within our selection. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
Popular Physics Books
At the end of the workshop, some of the writers asked if I had a list of those. A couple of them made the list of recommended science books for non-scientists that I posted here back in April, but I don't seem to have a quantum-specific list. So let's fix that What follows is a selection of popular-audience books on quantum physics that I think are particularly good in one way or another. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means, just a personal selection from the subset of pop-quantum books that I happen to have read. I'll group these loosely by the general approach they take. One common approach to explaining quantum physics is to approach it through the history of the subject, and the many colorful personalities involved.
I f you had a chance to ask Aristotle what he thought of the idea of writing about physical science for general readers, he would not have understood what you meant. All of his own writing, on physics and astronomy as well as on politics and aesthetics, was accessible to any educated Greek of his time. It is mathematics above all that presents an obstacle to communication between professional scientists and the general educated public. He perceptively concluded from the appearance of the night sky at different latitudes that the Earth is a sphere, but he did not bother to use these observations as could have been done to calculate the size of our planet. But the indispensable use of mathematics by Hellenistic physicists and astronomers began to get in the way of communication between scientists and the public.