New Physics Books (May)

| June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Another great month has passed and it’s time to do a short overview of the top books of the last month. This list includes physics books released last month as seen on Amazon, including the corresponding links.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

The Quantum Guide to Life by Kunal K. Das (US|UK) | Kindle (US)

It’s not a secret that quantum mechanics plays a crucial role in physics, however, in our everyday lives it often seems like it doesn’t play a role at all. This, however, is only an illusion, as the author writes, — quantum mechanics also plays a great role in our day-to-day lives. In “The Quantum Guide to Life”, Kunal K. Das explains how the laws of physics can explain almost everything that happens in our lives — starting with unlucky relationships (sounds hard to believe) and ending in the financial crisis.

 2.

Universe on a T-Shirt by Dan Falk (US|UK) | Kindle (US)

One of the greatest aims of theoretical physics is to unify all the main theories of physics into a singular theory — the often called “theory of everything”. In this book Dan Falk places this intriguing story of the search for the theory of everything in its historical context, tracing the quest from ancient Greece to the breakthroughs of Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein, to the excitement over string theory and today’s efforts to merge quantum theory with general relativity.

 3.

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (US|UK)

This fun little book is a graphic overview of the story of the first atomic bomb ever built. In a comic-like style, the author traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive industrial and scientific efforts of the Manhattan Project, and even transports the reader into a nuclear reaction—into the splitting atoms themselves. “Succeeds as both a graphic primer and a philosophical meditation.” —Kirkus Reviews

 4.

From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity by Manfred Eigen (US|UK) | Kindle (US|UK)

This book presents a vivid argument for the idea of a unity of all natural sciences. It starts with the “strange” physics of matter, including particle physics, atomic physics and quantum mechanics, cosmology, relativity and their consequences; and it continues by describing the properties of material systems that are best understood by statistical and phase-space concepts.

 5.

Cosmic Numbers by James D. Stein (US|UK) | Kindle (US|UK)

Numbers play an quintessential role in physics — physical constants, such as the speed of light, set the way that the universe looks like. Others constants, such as Boltzmann’s constant and the Chandrasekhar limit, are known only to those with a deep knowledge of science, however these numbers do far more than the average person might dare to imagine. They tell us how this world began, the way we were and the way we are, and what the future holds.

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