/ Read "A brief history of time", what book next
Any suggestions of a similar style book to build upon my knowledge or bring it more upto date?
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene is good
Why stop at time? Bill Bryson's 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' is amazing in its scope and accessibility.
Another top recommendation is 'How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog' by Chad Orzel. Made me feel like I was even understanding it - until I tried to explain it later!
I'm nearly finished reading "The Trouble With Physics" by Lee Smolin. Not technical but very clearly written for the layman on the state of theoretical physics and why he thinks there are problems with the directions being taken. His treatment of String Theory is very readable and interesting and much less hardwork than Brian Greene's!
Excellent, but you'll need to get stuck into some maths to get the most out of it!
I'll second that.
"The Hunded Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window"
One of the funniest books I've read for ages.
A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss, it's the business.
Sean Carroll's "The particle at the end of the universe", all about the Higgs.
Look at 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters', by Gary Zukav
I understood that one.
How much maths do you need for that one?
Their quantun mechanics book is also very good.
Singh "Big Bang".
Feynman " Six Easy Pieces"
Both are very readable and accessible.
is quite a good read
Cosmos - Carl Sagan, is a superb read
It's a popular level book, not a mathematical one, and should be ok for anyone interested in science. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=421804
Roger Penrose - The Emperor's New Mind
> Roger Penrose - The Emperor's New Mind
I think that might be a little bit of a quantum leap "up" from the usual introductory text. You have to be quiet determined to plough through the axioms surrounding the proofs. It doesnt let you off the hook either, if you miss a step in logic then it all becomes a bit intractable.
A tough read...
Thanks. I think I might order it!
> Roger Penrose - The Emperor's New Mind
I've been trying to read that for the last 20 years.
Umm. Thought Shubin's book was very underwhelming, and quite remarkable for how little it told us, particularly about what's been going on in biological science over at least the last 15 yrs.
I liked it, a clear and incisive account of the deep biological links demonstrating the common ancestry of fish and humans, all at a level understandable by everyone.
What did you want it to tell you about?
another vote for how to teach quantum physics to your dog. Plenty of physics in there without being a bit dry.
2nd The Trouble with Physics - but you get more out of it if you've studied a masters in theoretical physics i reckon.
Elegant Universe by Brian Green is Okaaaaay
Tried Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh? Very well written and wonderfully insightful. A bit more niche market than your TOE physics but in a similar realm
Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon is an entertaining tour through the periodic table, albeit not quite the realm the OP asked for.
Great recommendations on here.
The Fabric Of Reality by David Deutsch is a remarkable book, but it's now years since I read it and can't remember precisely what his point was. But it ties together the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics with Turing's ideas about computation, some vaguely Popperian philosophy and something else, and makes it seem like a completely revolutionary new description of reality itself (it's about more than just what the universe 'out there' is like). I'd love to read it again in fact, maybe a bit more would stick second time round.
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