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Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Popular Physics books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Seven brief lessons on physics (2016)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadSeven Brief Lessons on PhysicsEverything you need to know about modern physics, the universe and our place in the world in seven enlightening lessons ‘Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world. And it’s breathtaking’ These seven short lessons guide us, with simplicity and clarity, through the scientific revolution that shook physics in the twentieth century and still continues to shake us today. In this mind-bending introduction to modern physics, Carlo Rovelli…
Author(s): Carlo ROVELLI

2. Physics (Idiot’s Guides) (2015)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadPhysics can be a complex and intimidating subject. Idiot’s Guides: Physics breaks down the complex topics of physics and makes them easy to understand. Readers will learn from numerous examples and problems that teach all of the fundamentals — Newton’s Laws, thermodynamics, mass, energy and work, inertia, velocity and acceleration, and more!…
Author(s): Paul V. Pancella, Marc Humphrey

3. Quantum Physics (Idiot’s Guides) (2015)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadQuantum physics explores the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller levels. Idiot’s Guides: Quantum Physics explores this very complex topic, while making it easy-to-understand for science enthusiasts and students alike. It skips the complicated math and dives right in to all of the concepts, paradoxes, and implications that make quantum physics so fascinating. Topics include quantum vs. classical physics, the famous double-slit experiment, quantum wave function, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the…
Author(s): Marc Humphrey , Paul V. Pancella, et al.

4. The Joy of Physics (2011)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadFor those who have always wanted to discover the joy of physics, this is the book that they’ve been waiting for. Many people remember their struggles with physics in high school and have wished for the right opportunity to gain an appreciation of this significant area of knowledge. Now is their chance not only to understand physics, but to do physics. The author provides the general reader with a fun-filled, entertaining, and truly educational tour of this all-important science. What makes the study of physics so worthwhile? The author says that, despite its reputation for difficulty, physics has an enormously ambitious goal, which appeals…
Author(s): Arthur W. Wiggins, Sydney Harris

5. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. III: The New Millennium Edition: Quantum Mechanics (Feynman Lectures on Physics (Paperback)) (Volume 3) (2011)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should Read“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 formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman’s lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the…
Author(s): Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, et al.

6. The Smart Habit Guide: 37 Small Life Changes Your Brain Will Thank You for Making (2017)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadThink Smarter. Work Smarter. Be Smarter.Imagine if there was a secret that all of the smart people in the world were keeping from you. And this meant that they always had an advantage. Really, there isn’t just one secret. There are many. They don’t keep these secrets on purpose – rather, they are often too busy implementing smart habits to talk about them. They drive us to improve our abilities and succeed.Internationally bestselling author I. C. Robledo has studied the lives of highly intelligent people for many years. He has concluded that smart people are not born smart. Instead,…
Author(s): I. C. Robledo

7. Basic Radiotherapy Physics and Biology (2014)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadThis book is a concise and well-illustrated review of the physics and biology of radiation therapy intended for radiation oncology residents, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, and physicists. It presents topics that are included on the Radiation Therapy Physics and Biology examinations and is designed with the intent of presenting information in an easily digestible format with maximum retention in mind. The inclusion of mnemonics, rules of thumb, and reader-friendly illustrations throughout the book help to make difficult concepts easier to grasp. Basic…
Author(s): David S. Chang, Foster D. Lasley , et al.

8. How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary (2007)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should Read“Whether a curious layperson, a trained physicist, or a beginning physics student, most everyone will find this book an interesting and enlightening read and will go away comforted in that the world is not so strange and inexplicable after all.”— , Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001, and CASE/Carnegie US University Professor of the Year 2004 If you didn’t know better, you might think the world was filled with magic—from the household appliances that make our lives easier to the CDs and DVDs that fill our world with sounds and images. Even a simple…
Author(s): Louis A. Bloomfield

9. Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Physics (2012)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadThe conceptual changes brought by modern physics are important, radical and fascinating, yet they are only vaguely understood by people working outside the field. Exploring the four pillars of modern physics – relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles and cosmology – this clear and lively account will interest anyone who has wondered what Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger and Heisenberg were really talking about. The book discusses quarks and leptons, antiparticles and Feynman diagrams, curved space-time, the Big Bang and the expanding Universe….
Author(s): David J. Griffiths

10. Physics for Entertainment (2011)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadPublished in 1913, a best-seller in the 1930s and long out of print, Physics for Entertainment was translated from Russian into many languages and influenced science students around the world. Among them was Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman, the Russian mathematician (unrelated to the author), who solved the Poincaré conjecture, and who was awarded and rejected the Fields Medal. Grigori’s father, an electrical engineer, gave him Physics for Entertainment to encourage his son’s interest in mathematics. In the foreword, the book’s author describes the contents as “conundrums, brain-teasers, entertaining…
Author(s): Yakov Perelman

11. The Physics of Superheroes (2006)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadJames Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroes — and discovers that in many cases the comic writers got their science surprisingly right. Along the way he provides an engaging and witty commentary while introducing the lay reader to both classic and cutting-edge concepts in physics, including:…
Author(s): James Kakalios

12. The Cartoon Guide to Physics (Cartoon Guide Series) (1991)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadIf you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit card bill — if you imagine that Ohm’s Law dictates how long to meditate — if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car — you need The Cartoon Guide to Physics to set you straight.You don’t have to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Physics explains them all: velocity, acceleration, explosions, electricity and magnetism, circuits — even a taste of relativity theory — and much more, in simple, clear, and, yes, funny illustrations. Physics will never be the same!…
Author(s): Larry Gonick

13. Physics I Workbook For Dummies (2014)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadDo you have a handle on basic physics terms and concepts, but your problem-solving skills could use some static friction? Physics I Workbook For Dummies helps you build upon what you already know to learn how to solve the most common physics problems with confidence and ease. Physics I Workbook For Dummies gets the ball rolling with a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of physics (i.e. converting measure, counting signification figures, applying math skills to physics problems, etc.) before getting in the nitty gritty. If you’re already a pro you can skip this section and jump right into the…
Author(s): Steven Holzner

14. The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day (2018)

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should ReadMost of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS?  In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted.   Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep…
Author(s): James Kakalios

Best Popular Physics Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some popular physics books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

Author(s): Roger Penrose, Martin Gardner
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2002, Size: 5 Mb, Download: djvu
ID: 342103

The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

Author(s): Roger Penrose
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 1999, Size: 19 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2125301

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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