New Physics Books of the Month (October)

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Another great month has passed and it’s time to review some of the best newly released books from last month. Here are 5 short reviews including Amazon links and other useful info. For more recent books check out the new book section.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (US|UK

Prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it — this phrase sums up the philosophy that Chris Hadfield learnt at NASA. After spending 4000 hours in space astronaut Chris Hadfield has mastered his mind and body to adapt to the extreme conditions of outer space. Interestingly, such a profound training has prepared him for life on Earth more than one might imagine. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth shares Hadfield’s knowledge with the reader.

 2.

Einstein and the Quantum by Douglas Stone (US|UK)

Most people recognize the theories of relativity as the greatest achievement of Albert Einstein, however, his work on quantum theory has been revolutionary as well. In Einstein and the Quantum A. Douglas Stone reviews the importance of Einstein work on the quantum theory and how it might be even more important that his ground breaking work on the theory of general relativity in the long run.

 3.

A Student’s Guide to Entropy by Don S. Lemons (US|UK

The aim of the book is to introduce the concept of entropy in the easiest manner possible. This includes a derivation of entropy by using purely classical arguments and by using a statistical approach. The book also comes with a set of exercises and examples. Overall, A Student’s Guide to Entropy is a perfect supplement to undergraduate courses in physics and engineering.

 4.

Our Sun — Biography of a Star by Christopher Cooper (US|UK)

Despite being only a simple star among the billions of stars in our galaxy Sun remains extraordinarily important to us. Sun is one of the driving forces of life on Earth and now plays an ever-growing importance in powering our civilization. In Our Sun Christopher Cooper writes all about what we know about our closest star and how it has influenced humanity. The book is illustrated with the latest pictures taken from the NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

 5.

The Science of Everything by David Pogue & National Geographic (US)

Have you ever wondered how does the voice of the radio announcer reaches you every morning or what the antibiotics really do? Or how about what happens when you turn the key of your car? All of these and other fascinating questions are answered in The Science of Everything. This 400 page nicely illustrated book is a perfect choice for those with a craving to understand the world around them.

* (US|UK) — are the links to the book on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

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