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 Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss (US|CA)

“Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” All these questions are tackled in another best-seller by Lawrence Krauss. Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

 3. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (US|CA

How 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.

 4. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (US|CA)

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the bomb, with frightening rapidity

 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. hidden in plain sight 2

Hidden in Plain Sight 2 by Andrew Thomas (US|CA)

Andrew Thomas is back with a sequel to his popular book Hidden in Plain Sight. In this book he expands on the ideas of the previous book by considering such topics of modern physics as black holes, dark energy, dark matter and others. To tackle these mysteries Thomas develops new ideas on how gravity works, which, according to the author, can explain the acceleration of the universe.

 

 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.

Great Formulas Explained by Metin Bektas (US|CA)

In this book you will find some of the greatest and most useful formulas that the fields of physics, mathematics and economics have brought forth. Each formula is explained gently and in great detail, including a discussion of all the quanitites involved and examples that will make clear how and where to apply it. On top of that, there are plenty of illustrations that support the explanations and make the reading experience even more vivid. A great book for every scientist’s library.

 

 9. Hidden in Plain Sight by Andrew Thomas (US|CA)

So Hidden in Plain Sight is back to our list of top popular & best-selling books once again. It’s hard to find the exact reason why Thomas’ book is so popular, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s the controversial nature of the book. After all, it claims to unify quantum physics and relativity with a single principle. As you might imagine, this attracts a lot of negative reviews. However, if you are a fan of a more philosophical approach to popular physics and are looking for an easy read, this might be worth your time. After all, the book offers some unique ideas and it costs only 1$.

 10. 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.

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

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