Top New Physics Books

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The last month has been relatively slow in terms of new physics releases, but, fortunately, there are some great books worthy of your attention. Here are 5 books released throughout the last few months, including useful links and short reviews. If you would like to receive these updates every month, register for our email newsletter here. Also, more reviews are available here.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters by David Roscoe & C.A. Meier (US|CA)

This unique book is a collection of letters between two great thinkers and scientists: Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung. In 1932, world-renowned physicist Wolfgang Pauli had already done the work that would win him the 1945 Nobel Prize. His personal life, however, was far from perfect. After a number of troubling personal events, he was drinking heavily and was haunted by powerful dream. He turned to C.G. Jung for help, which resulted in one of the most fascinating intellectual friendships.

 2.

Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman, Robert Leighton and Matthew Sands (US|CA)

Richard Feynman’s lectures on physics throughout the years have attracted a cult following among science students. Light tone of the subject matter, clear explanations and the overall fun factor make Feyman’s lectures a great choice for anyone looking to learn early university physics. One problem of these lectures, however, is that they lack problems and corresponding solutions, which are essential in learning physics. This is where the Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics comes in. This book offers hands-on practice in all important areas of physics.

 3.

Physics in Minutes by Giles Sparrow (US|CA)

Physics in Minutes aims to cover the most crucial physics topics condensed into 200 key topics laid out in a bit more than 400 pages. Following the latest scientific research proving that the brain best absorbs information visually, each description is accompanied by illustrations to aid quick comprehension and easy recollection. This convenient and compact reference book is ideal for anyone interested in how our world works.

 4.

The Emergent Multiverse by David Wallace (US|CA) 

The idea of a multiverse, which a half century ago wasn’t appreciated as anything more than science fiction, has now found its way in many respected theories of the universe. But what is it really all about? The Emergent Multiverse  presents a striking new account of the “many worlds” approach to quantum theory. The idea originally developed into a serious theory by Hugh Everett takes the apparent craziness seriously, and asks, “what would it be like if particles really were in two places at once, if cats really were alive and dead at the same time?”

 5.

A Piece of the Sun by Daniel Clery (US|CA)

Our rapidly industrializing world has an insatiable hunger for energy, but conventional sources are running out. The solution, says Daniel Clery in this deeply revelatory book, is to be found in the original energy source: the Sun itself.By replicating even a tiny piece of the Sun’s power on Earth, we can secure all the heat and energy we would ever need. The simple yet extraordinary ambition of nuclear-fusion scientists has garnered many skeptics, but, as A Piece of the Sun makes clear, large-scale nuclear fusion is scientifically possible.

* (US|CA) - corresponding links for readers from US and Canada

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