Top 10 Physics Books on

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.

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Hidden in Plain Sight 3 by Andrew Thomas (US|CA

What is time? Why does time exist? Why can’t we remember the future? These and other questions are tackled in the third book from the Hidden in Plain Sight series by Andrew Thomas. Those, who have read the previous books will know what to expect — Thomas aims to explain fascinating physics subjects as simply as possible and by doing so he aims to show how easy physics can be. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler, Einstein used to say. Is the physics in this book too simple to be true? Only the reader can judge.


What if? by Randall Munroe  (US|CA

Millions of people visit 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. The book is only available for pre-order currently, however it is already in the top 10 most popular physics book list. So be sure to add this one to your books to read list.


 3. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (US|CA) | Audio: (US“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.
 4. Hidden in Plain Sight by Andrew Thomas (US|CASo 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$.

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.

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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.



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.


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. Challenger: An American Tragedy by Hugh Harris (US|CA)On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seventy-three seconds after launch, the fiery breach of a solid motor joint caused a rupture of the propellant tanks, and a stunned nation watched as flames engulfed the craft, killing all seven crew members on board. It was Hugh Harris, “the voice of launch control,” whom audiences across the country heard counting down to lift-off on that fateful day. With over fifty years of experience with NASA’s missions, Harris presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can.
 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.

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