Physics-Related Books Suitable for Book Reviews

There are zillions of books. These are just a few that I have read and thought good or would like to read. Although they are all for the general reader, they are reasonably heavy going.

  1. Chalmers, A. F., What is this thing called Science? (1999) A standard book on the philosophy of science.

  2. Cohen, H. Floris, The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry (1994) Floris tells us how everyone else sees the Scientific Revolution.

  3. Cohen, H. Floris, How Modern Science Came into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (2011) Decades in the writing, Floris finally comes through with his big book on the Scientific Revolution.

  4. Furley, David, The Greek Cosmologists: Volume 1 (1987) A study of the Pre-Socratic philosophers and the beginnings of physics and cosmology. It's amazing how some of the ideas of the Pre-Socratics have continued to recur down the centuries.

  5. Greene, Brian The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (2005) Getting slightly dated, but still a great read on modern physics.

  6. Greene, Brian he Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos (2011) Controversial since some think parallel universes are not science or hopeless science.

  7. Laughlin, Robert B., A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down (2006) A bit facetious, but Laughlin is one of my gurus for emergence.

  8. Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986) A famous account of the beginnings of the fission bomb.

  9. Rhodes, Richard, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1995) Carries on the story.

  10. Rhodes, Richard, Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons (2010) The end of the story?

  11. Singh, Simon, The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (2000) The discussion of quantum computing is the physics relation, but along the way you learn why modern encryption cannot be broken and you can send your credit card number safely over the Internet when encrypted.