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The Physical Universe

Are you ready for the hardcore sciences? Did you skip physics in high school and maybe think you should know just a little bit about quantum physics? Hopefully these books will provide you with a painless introduction.

 
Ananthaswamy, Anil
The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
QC24.5.A53 2010
Ananthaswamy, a consulting editor for New Scientist, visits numerous extreme telescopic observatories which explore mysteries like dark matter, dark energy, and quantum gravity. Read more in Discover News.
 
Close, F. E.
Neutrino
QC793.5.N42 C56 2010x
This is the story of how the most extraordinary of particles -- without charge, almost without mass, passing through matter over aeons before interacting with anything at all -- was sought and found, and how neutrino astronomy is now giving us views deep into the hearts of distant galaxies.
 
Fayer, Michael D.
Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World
QC174.12.F379 2010
Fayer, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, presents this accessible and intelligent guide to quantum mechanics intended for the layperson. Starting with the basics, Fayer simply explains quantum theory in contrast with classical mechanics and how it relates to our everyday experiences.
 
James, C. Renée
Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted
QB982.J36 2011
James's whimsical tour of seven everyday experiences -- night, light, stuff, gravity, time, home, and wonder -- opens the Universe to fantastical contemplation.
 
Lederman, Leon M. and Christopher T. Hill
Quantum Physics for Poets
QC174.12.L4326 2011
Lederman and Hill, past and present directors of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and co-authors of Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe, try to make quantum physics understandable to the rest of us. Read it and see if they have succeeded!
 
Muller, R. (Richard)
The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide
QC24.5.M848 2011
UC Berkeley physics professor Muller (Physics for Future Presidents) has teamed with artist Manfre to create this entertaining collection of interesting physics lessons.
 
Orzel, Chad
How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
QC24.5.O79 2009
Particle physicist Orzel has a dog named Emmy and he uses her to explain to human readers just what quantum mechanics is and how it works.
 

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