Top 10 Physics Books on Amazon.com

Here’s a list of top 10 most popular physics books from the last month. The list is formed according the rating of the books (as seen on Amazon), the customer reviews and a pinch of personal opinion. To find the books on Amazon use the links next to the title.

 No. Book Cover Review
 1.

What if? by Randall Munroe (US|CA

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomics. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? All the questions will be answered, with a pinch of humor, of course. So be sure to add this one to your books to read list.

 2.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (US|CA

“A Brief History of Time” was a landmark volume in science writing with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The new edition, enhanced with the new facts and experimental results offers an updated view on many of Hawking’s theoretical predictions from the first edition of his book.

 3. An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth (US|CA)Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged thousands of hours in space. This book tells the story of his adventures up there and what living in space can teach us earthlings about living down here. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield, but his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth – especially your own.
 4. Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed  (US|CA)Make no mistake about it. Thirteen tells a marvelous story. A lot of readers will take the book at a single gulp, unable to stop reading (Washington Post).On April 13, 1970 an explosion rocked the moon-bound Apollo 13 craft, 205,000 miles from Earth, damaging engines and life-support systems. This minute-by-minute account of the only manned NASA mission to have malfunctioned outside Earth’s orbit describes the entire episode.
 5.

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku (US|CA)

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist. The Future of the Mind gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.

 6.

How to Lie with Statistics? (US|CA)

“A great introduction to the use of statistics, and a great refresher for anyone who’s already well versed in it.” (Bill Gates) 

This classic book first released in 1954 tackles some common misconceptions about averages, correlations, graphs, and trends. How to Lie with Statistics is also one of the most accessible intros into the basics of statistics.

 

 7.

Barron’s SAT Subject Test: Physics by Greg Young and Robert Jansen (US|CA)

One diagnostic test and three complete SAT subject tests in physics reflect the most recent actual tests in length, subject matter, and degree of difficulty. All questions are answered and explained. Self-assessment guides after each test can help improve the test-taker’s score. An extensive subject review covers all topics on the SAT subject test, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, thermodynamics, and more.

 8.

 The Science of Interstellar (US|CA)

This new book written by Kip Thorne, an expert of general relativity and the main science adviser for the motion picture Interstellar, introduces the real science that the film was based on. Prof Thorne delves deep into the physics of black holes, time dilation, interstellar travel and so much more.

 9. Beyond: Our Future in Space (US|CA)Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle at another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home―and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.
 10. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (US|CAHow did Einstein’s mind work? Where did he draw his inspiration from? These and other questions are tackled in one of the most popular biographies of Einstein. The beauty of Einstein’s personality and the key to his success hides in his rebellious nature. However, despite his great success, his life wasn’t without challenges. In “Einstein: His Life and Universe” Isaacson gazes into the mind of a genius.

*(US|CA) are links to books on Amazon for US and Canada users

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