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The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wide ranging book, 20 Feb. 2012
Smolin's book is an excellent read from two different perspectives. First it provides a historical perspective on developments in particle physics and quantum gravity from 1975 to 2005. Second it reflects on the socio-political aspects of science, and why string theory has dominated physics for the past 25 years despite its evident limitations. Highly recommended.


The Infinity Puzzle: How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics, and the world's most expensive experiment
The Infinity Puzzle: How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics, and the world's most expensive experiment
by Frank Close
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the real world of science, 10 Feb. 2012
Great book on the development of the Standard Model over the period 1960 to 2000. It provided a fantastic helicopter view of these developments. I was "on the ground" doing my PhD and lacked this overview and was immersed in specifics and details, and also observed the politics but didn't really understand at the time (1971-74 was my period). So many thanks to Frank Close for a really good exposition.


Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion Of Feynman Diagrams In Postwar Physics
Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion Of Feynman Diagrams In Postwar Physics
by David Kaiser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, should be required reading for physics PhD students, 19 Jan. 2012
Fascinating and gripping book on the way physics evolves, with deep insights into the diffusion of ideas. Great anecdotes and quotations bring it to life. For me as a former Cambridge PhD in particle physics, it explained many questions that have been on my mind for 40 years, quite an achievement. Well done to David Kaiser.


Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: With Applications in Condensed Matter and Atomic Physics (Religious Studies; 47)
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: With Applications in Condensed Matter and Atomic Physics (Religious Studies; 47)
by Paul Strange
Edition: Paperback
Price: £62.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a difficult subject, 23 Dec. 2011
This book provides clear explanations and, more important, deep insights into the physical meanings that are lacking in most other books on the same area. The maths is covered without skipping vital steps, something rare in this field. Particularly good was his coverage of zero spin particles, thus illuminating zittervebegung without the complication of spin. His commentary and asides are very enjoyable and his dedication at the front shows a wry wit that is rare. Highly recommended.


Faust
Faust
by Robert Nye
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny and very filthy, 26 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Faust (Hardcover)
The best of Robert Nye's novels, laugh out loud funny and some of the filthiest humour that I've ever read.


Time's Arrow: The Origins of Thermodynamic Behavior (Dover Books on Physics)
Time's Arrow: The Origins of Thermodynamic Behavior (Dover Books on Physics)
by Michael C. Mackey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective on Time's Arrow, but a difficult, technical read, 26 Oct. 2011
This book covers statistical mechanics in a more mathematical and rigorous way than any other book I've seen. It also looks into chaos theory and is very illuminating. However the maths is difficult; fortunately the text is clear and allows the non-mathematician a glimpse into the subject, without needing to solve every equation. Recommended.


The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds
The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds
by Martin Gardner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, must-read, 26 Oct. 2011
Martin Gardner's classic is still fresh and relevant today. His scholarship is amazing; his style effortlessly clear; he draws the reader into the topics with examples and illustrations. This is in my top 5 popular science books.


How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don't Know
How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don't Know
by Byron Sharp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for marketing, 26 Oct. 2011
Byron Sharp has written an essential summary of research on how brands grow. In doing so, he dispels popular marketing myths, using facts and evidence. The writing is clear and easy to understand, the structure of the book is logical. Highly recommended.


Statistical Mechanics Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity (Oxford Master Series in Physics)
Statistical Mechanics Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity (Oxford Master Series in Physics)
by James P. Sethna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and inspiring, 15 Oct. 2011
Sethna's book is one of the best science texts I have ever read. His teaching style is playful and inventive, and reminds me of Feynman. An absolute delight of a book.


Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind
Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind
by V.S. Ramachandran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to neuroscience and psychology, 13 Jun. 2011
By taking a case by case example approach, the author takes you step by step into areas of cognitive psychology that are fascinating and insightful. It also made me want to tear up my books on cognitive psychology, as the neurological evidence contradicts many of the theories of the cognitive psychologists.


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