Top New Physics Books (December)

| January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s that time again when we take a look at the top physics released throughout the last month. As always, here are 5 short reviews including all the relevant links. For more recent physics books check out the new physics books section.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

Biological Physics by Philip Nelson (US|UK

In this modern approach to the subject Philip Nelson gives a nice overview of molecular motors, self-assembly and single-molecule manipulation, without overlooking the basics of biological physics. A thorough investigation of the field of nanotechnology is also present in the book. The book is dedicated to undergraduate students, who had at least a few calculus-based physics courses.

 2.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics by Jed Z. Buchwald and Robert Fox (US|UK)

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics brings together the writing by more than twenty leading authorities on the history of physics, starting at the seventeenth century and ending at the present day. The book presents a wide variety of documented history of physics, which is mostly not easily accessible to a general reader. The emphasis, of course is not only on the history of physics but also on the development of theoretical and experimental techniques and how they affected the society.

 3. Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Mathew D. Schwartz (US|UK)This book provides an introduction to the quantum field theory and its applications to the standard model of particle physics. Mathematical techniques are explained clearly including examples and applications in experiments. The book is recommended for science students with an undergraduate-level understanding of quantum mechanics.
 4.

Astrobiology by David C. Catling  (US|UK)

In this short introduction (144 pages) to the new field of Astrobiology David Catling presents one of the most interdisciplinary fields focusing on the beginning of life on our planet. By studying the development of living organisms on Earth scientists can develop ideas how live might evolve on other planets. Such knowledge is invaluable in the search for extraterrestrials.

 5. Quantum Physics for Dummies by Brett Salisbury (US|UK)For the last entry we have something fun — a book on quantum physics written by an author of such books as “The Victoria Secret Body”, “A Can Named Lester” and “Transform: The Secrets of the Male Body”. Aren’t you confused yet? Well, how about another fact — the author retired professional football player with an IQ of 148. If that didn’t get you interested in reading the book, I guess, nothing will. P.S. I recommend this one only for the more adventurous readers.

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