Top Physics Books to Read in August

| August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Another great summer month has passed and it’s time to take a look at some new physics book releases. The books we discuss here contain newest releases (books released in July) in physics and popular science. Links to Amazon and full reviews have also been added for convenience. Click the book covers for Amazon links.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

Life on the Edge by Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili

Even in this modern age of cloning and artificial biology we still cannot answer how living organisms came to be. In Life on the Edge authors Al-Khalili and McFadden tackle some of the missing elements in the theory of evolution by diving straight into the depths of exotic quantum mechanics.

 2.  Principia: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton

Often regarded as one of the most important works in the history of physics, Principia presents the root ideas of what is now known as Newtonian mechanics summarized by the three laws known as Newton’s laws. What made Principia so special was the revolutionary use of mathematical techniques in investigating the natural laws, which opened the doors for modern physics.

This edition of Principia translated by Andrew Motte, contains a preface by Newton along with original figures and diagrams.

 3.

 Zoom: How Everything Moves by Bob Berman

In ancient Greek philosophy two ideas were very much at odds with each other — either everything is at constant motion or nothing is. In Zoom Bob Berman subscribes to the philosophy that every single thing in our Universe is at motion. Starting from this simple assumption Berman explains its consequences in philosophy, physics, astronomy, geology and history of science.

 4.  Approximating Perfection by Leonid P. Lebedev and Michael J.  Cloud

This is a book for those who enjoy thinking about how and why Nature can be described using mathematical tools. Concentrating on the models of applied mechanics, the book engages the reader in the types of nuts-and-bolts considerations that are normally avoided in formal engineering courses: how and why models remain imperfect, and the factors that motivated their development. Emphasis is placed on the logic that underlies modeling in mechanics and the many surprising parallels that exist between seemingly diverse areas.

 5.  Vindication of Cosmic Biology by Chandra Wickramasinghe

This year marks the 100th anniversary since Fred Hoyle was born. Hoyle grew famous in the scientific community for his work on stellar nucleosynthesis as well as the newly blooming field of astrobiology. A century after Hoyle’s birth we are finally seeing the ideas of life on other planets considered seriously by astrobiologists, who are constantly discovering new fascinating exoplanets and novel ways of life adapting to extreme conditions.

This new book by Wickramasinghe discusses Hoyle’s main contributions to the field of astrobiology.

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