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Education Book recommendations?

Discussion in 'General' started by penryn 2 hertz, 11 Dec 2011.

  1. penryn 2 hertz

    penryn 2 hertz I'm not a science fiction writer...

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    Hay I wont to get into reading book's been thinking for some time but mind has drawn a blank?

    My main subject's of interest are
    Space
    Universe
    Physics

    Was thinking about book's by Stephen Hawking any 1 got any idea's???
     
  2. Zinfandel

    Zinfandel Well-Known Member

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    Hey man, popular science is a really well catered for area of writing and there are some fantastic books out there.

    The one to get you started though, which is a bit of an all rounder and pretty much the greatest book ever written for me is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Like I say, it covers a far broader spectrum than what you've mentioned but is truly worth a read.

    As for Physics books, A Brief History of Time and The Grand Design are both worth a read (These are by Hawking)

    Why does E=MC2 by Jeff Forshaw and Brian Cox, they also have another called The Quantum Universe which I've not read yet but will probably be decent.
    Quirkology by Richard Wiseman

    We Need to Talk about Kelvin - Marcus Chown

    The Trouble With Physics - Lee Smolin

    The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene

    There will always be a popular science section in your local Waterstones and if you buy the above books your amazon recommended list will give you lots of other ideas but that's about enough for the time being I think!

    If you want to start reading books like that, I think it's also a good idea to read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre which in a round about sort of a way will provide you with an introduction to critical thinking and the messages to be taken from reading popular science.

    But there you go, have fun!
     
  3. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    Read Feynman. All of Feynman's stuff!
     
  4. Zinfandel

    Zinfandel Well-Known Member

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    Can't argue with this. Definitely do this.
     
  5. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    I would also recommend reading "the strangest man" which is the biography of Paul Dirac who is possibly my favorite physicist, really good read and overview of the development of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
     
  6. getDownShep

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    What about Wonders of the Univers or Wonders of the Solar System by Brian Cox
     
  7. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    Very low level compared to Feynman or Hawking, great for a very basic overview but they don't go in much detail.
     
  8. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Iain M Banks, all of his Culture novels. Sci-Fi but with a great imagination for possibilities. Outstanding.

    If you've never read them then the Asimov Foundation novels as well.
     
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    Cosmos by Carl Sagan
    Any of Michio Kaku's stuff is good, and pretty much anything already said
     
  10. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Edit: Sorry, didn't see the Education tag, sci-fi is education of the future though I guess. :rolleyes:
     
  11. getDownShep

    getDownShep New Member

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    What about

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  12. Porkins' Wingman

    Porkins' Wingman Can't touch this

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    Man, how TESB might have been different if they'd had a copy of that onboard. Threepio might never have had to interrupt Han & Leia kissing to announce he'd isolated the reverse power flux coupling and we might have got some full-on jiggity.
     
  13. Marvin-HHGTTG

    Marvin-HHGTTG CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

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    Ooh, ooh, I know! Try this: Clicky...
     
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    specofdust Banned

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    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    You're my hero of the day.

    Have some rep, hero.
     
  16. Marvin-HHGTTG

    Marvin-HHGTTG CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

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    Thank you very much :D.
     
  17. penryn 2 hertz

    penryn 2 hertz I'm not a science fiction writer...

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    Was this the kind of thing that Mankz was talking about?
     
  18. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    What you quoted? No.

    If you genuinely don't know exactly what Mankz was talking about, you're looking at it from the other side of the coin.
     

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