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Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox
Why Does E=mc2? by Brian Cox
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Feb 2011
A great, clearly-written, entertaining look at the development and history of physics, encompassing the various different approaches that have been, gone and remained. This could quite happily sit on the bookshelf of a lay person looking for an intro to the different strands of physics and the wonders of relativity and quantum theory, or of a physicist who may wish to remind themself of the history of the standard model.

Why does E=MC2 tackles some complicated questions in a logical, easy to understand fashion. The only downside is that there isn't a follow-up book yet! You'll be left wanting to read lots more about the topics covered here.
Quantum Physics: A Beginner's Guide by Alastair I.M. Rae
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a textbook, 21 Feb 2011
This is the antithesis of most popular modern science books. It's dry, maths-heavy and written in a very academic tone of voice. If you want to convince lay people that quantum physics is complicated, nonsensical, abstract, and dull, show them this book.

I'm not sure what it's trying to be; on the one hand, there may be a gap in the market for intermediate quantum physics book that readers can move on to after the many excellent introductions available, and perhaps this is trying to be that book. Likewise, there's a gap for enjoyably readable intermediate explorations of the quantum world. Sadly, this is too dull and convoluted to fill the first gap and not advanced enough to… Read more
We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What everyday things&hellip by Marcus Chown
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful, straight-forward introductory guide to physics. Marcus Chown has a wonderful way of explaining concepts that might reasonably be described as complicated in a very down-to-earth, logical fashion that's fun to read for complete non-scientists and physicists alike.

Beginning with an everyday observation, such as how light reflects off a window but you can still see through it, Chown delves step by step into the physical reasoning behind seemingly mundane situations. Even for those who understand the processes, it's an approach that is eminently readable - lay science fans will love the ease with which you can visualise complex quantum processes. For anyone who claims… Read more