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Recommended Books

Science & Mathematics
(Biographies, Fiction & Non-Fiction)

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Dear Fellow Book-Worms,
Well, Always being in search of good stuff to read, I have taken to searching the
Internet for recommended reading lists (RRLs) in areas of my interest, which happen
to be Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Here is a compilation of some of the RRLs I have come across.

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Following sections feature in this volume:
Contents Page No.

Mathematics 03 – 15
Biographies 16 – 21
General Science 22
Computer Science 23
Astronomy & Cosmology 27 – 28
Chemistry 29 – 32
Physics 33 – 34

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I would be glad to include them here.




One of the most frequent complaints of mathematics students is that they do not
realise until too late what is behind all the material they write down in lectures:
Why is it important? What were the problems which demanded this new
approach? Who did it? There is much to be learned from a historical approach,
even if it is fairly non-mathematical.

 Makers of Mathematics
S. Hollingdale (Penguin, 1989)
There are not many books on the history of mathematics which are pitched at a
suitable level. Hollingdale gives a biographical approach which is both readable
and mathematical. You might also try E.T. Bell Men of Mathematics (Touchstone
Books, Simon and Schuster, 1986). Historians of mathematics have a lot to say
about this (very little of it complimentary) but it is full of good stories which have
inspired generations of mathematicians.

 Alan Turing, the Enigma
A. Hodges (Vintage, 1992)
A great biography of Alan Turing, a pioneer of modern computing. The title has a
double meaning: the man was an enigma, committing suicide in 1954 by eating a
poisoned apple, and the German code that he was instrumental in cracking was
generated by the Enigma machine. The book is largely non-mathematical, but
there are no holds barred when it comes to describing his major achievement,
now called a Turing machine, with which he demonstrated that a famous
conjecture by Hilbert is false.

 The Man Who Knew Infinity
R. Kanigel (Abacus, 1992)
The life of Ramanujan, the self-taught mathematical prodigy from a village near
Madras. He sent Hardy samples of his work from India, which included
rediscoveries of theorems already well known in the West and other results which
completely baffled Hardy. Some of his estimates for the number of ways a large
integer can be expressed as the sum of integers are extraordinarily accurate, but
seem to have been plucked out of thin air.

 A Mathematician's Apology
G.H. Hardy. (CUP, 1992)
Hardy was one of the best mathematicians of the first part of this century. Always
an achiever (his New Year resolutions one year included proving the Riemann
hypothesis, making 211 not out in the fourth test at the Oval, finding an argument
for the non-existence of God which would convince the general public, and
murdering Mussolini), he led the renaissance in mathematical analysis in
England. There is an introduction by C.P. Snow.


uk/>. which became an immediate best-seller. mathematical (Lion and Man is excellent) and not-so-mathematical. Feynman. first published in 1953.  Surely You're>. Hugely enjoyable. Erdös wrote over 1500 papers (about 10 times the normal number for a mathematician) and collaborated with 485 other mathematicians. including a splendid lecture entitled `The Mathematician's Art of Work'. there is no better introduction to the world of research Very amusing and entertaining.  The man who loved only numbers Paul Hoffman. 1992) Autobiographical anecdotes from one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the last century. This page was created by David Saum <mailto:dsaum@infiltec. 1986) This collection.P. bringing with him all his belongings in a suitcase. from Babylon to written with humour and erudition. University of Cambridge <http://www. (CUP. ( there is plenty of discussion of the kind of problems (mainly number theory) that he worked on. Thoroughly recommended. 1999) An excellent biography of Paul Erdö>. Mr Feynman R. including all sorts of mathematical ideas and anecdotes. Apart from details of Erdös's life. You learn about physics. ∏ΩΣ∏ -4- . (Arrow Books. one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time.  Number J. Singh's later The Code Book (Fourth Estate) is not so interesting mathematically. about life and (most puzzling of all) about Feynman.  Littlewood's Miscellany (edited by B. He had no home. © Faculty of Mathematics <http://www. but is still a very good read. (Fourth Estate.  Fermat's Last Theorem Simon Bollobas). he just descended on colleagues with whom he wanted to work. (Fourth Estate) You must read this story of Andrew Wiles's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. McLeish. contains some wonderful insights into the development and lifestyle of a great mathematician as well as numerous anecdotes. The latest edition contains several worthwhile additions. 1991) The development of the theory of numbers. (as well as various items of interest mainly to those who believe that Trinity Great Court is the centre of the Universe).

Holland Take a trip into the world of probability. These stories provide an ideal environment for non-mathematicians to encounter mathematical ideas and examine them in comfort.  1089.  What is Mathematics. and the influences it may already be having in your everyday life.  The Number Sense Stanislas Dehaene How the mind creates mathematics. -5- . but rather about how the brain deals with numbers.C. Cole The mathematics of truth and beauty.  The Universe and the Teacup K. An elegant study of the way mathematics can provide solutions to everyday problems. Really? Reuben Hersh A thought-provoking investigation into the philosophy of mathematics.  The Man Who Loved Only Numbers Paul Hoffman The story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth. ∏ΩΣ∏ My Favourite Mathematics Books  A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nasar A biography of the game theorist John Forbes Nash. Perhaps my favourite biography of a mathematician.  What are the Chances? Bart K.  Once Upon a Number John Allen Paulos Paulos focuses on stories that revolve around mathematics. This book formed the basis of the Hollwood film. Not a book about mathematics itself. One of my all time favourite biographies. without the fear usually associated with the subject. and all that David Acheson A lovely little book that provides a mini tour of many mathematical gems. Discover the magic of 1089 and the mathematics behind the Indian rope trick.

F. Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles Some excellent games and riddles to lose yourself in. Figments of Reality A delve into the world of evolution and mind theory. from game theory to knots to chaos. Baum. The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was Gardner edited this critical appraisal of the children's classic by L. The Colossal Book of Mathematics Gardner has collected articles from his 25-year old archive of Scientific American articles. created by one of America's leading puzzle experts. The result is this amazing compendium. The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions Puzzles and anecdotes from the world of popular science. -6- .  Martin Gardner’s Books One of the best-loved authors of mathematics books. Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers An inspired collection of articles from Gardner's Scientific American column. From Here to Infinity An interesting and accessible account of current mathematical topics. Ian Stewart's Books Ian Stewart is one of the most prolific and accessible writers on mathematics. Life's Other Secret A guide into some of the fascinating links between mathematics and nature. Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd A compilation of some of the most amazing and infuriating games and riddles. The Magical Maze Stewart uses a maze theme to explain the intricate connections between fields in popular mathematics. Does God Play Dice? An exploration of the mathematics of chaos. Classic Brainteasers A collection of favourite puzzles and games. Here are some of his most popular books. Here are some of his most popular titles.

-7- .  A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers John Allen Paulos Investigates and explains the hidden mathematics behind everyday media stories. yet most complicated of ideas in mathematics - the number zero. 100 Great Problems of Elementary Mathematics Heinrich D-Orrie A puzzle book that has lost none of its ingenuity in its translation from French to English. Gods and Gambling F.  The Man Who Knew Infinity Robert Kanigel A biography of the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. accessible and thorough account.  Dover Mathematics Books This publisher has an excellent reputation for their wide range of mathematics books. Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics Howard W.  Universal History Of Numbers Georges Ifrah Ifrah's account of the history of numbers is an immense treasure trove of mathematical ideas dating back to the invention of numbers. Eves An interesting.  Zero Charles Seife An account of one of the simplest.  Chaos James Gleick A very human and readable account of the study of chaos. A Concise History of Mathematics Dirk Jan Struik An interesting and accessible guide to some of the greatest mathematicians and the remarkable findings they have made. Here are just a few of their most popular titles. from the science writer of the New York Times. N.  Games. David A study into the history of statistics.

 Mathematics: The Science of Patterns Keith Devlin Devlin explains and investigates patterns in number sequences that have led to the further evolution of mathematical research. moving book by the brilliant mathematician G. An account of his life and his passion for mathematics. Davis & Reuben Hersh Davis and Hersh argue mathematics to be a combination of luck and guesswork. from leading cosmologist and science writer John Barrow. Hardy.H.  E: The Story of a Number Eli Maor The E in question refers to the base for natural logarithms. Abbott This classic fantasy novel published in 1880 explores a flat world where all the inhabitants live in two physical dimensions. as he grew older in 'a young mans field'.  Pi In The Sky John Barrow A lively account of the number Pi. and should be thought of as a human.  The Mathematical Experience Philip J.  Flatland Edwin A. a figure found throughout the laws of nature. physics. The book follows a Flatlands dweller who shockingly discovers the existence of a third dimension.  A Mathematician’s Apology G.H. rather than a physical science. -8- . Also available to read online at Caltech.  Mathematics: New Golden Age Keith Devlin An account of major mathematical accomplishments since the 1960's.  Book of Nothing John Barrow Barrow's study on the impact of 'nothing' in the fields of cosmology. Mathematician Moar turns every student's nightmare into an enjoyable and interesting read. Hardy A poignant. mathematics and theology. also known as the Golden Ratio.  The Golden Ratio Mario Livio This is one of the first accounts of the never-ending number phi.

-9- . Eastaway A clever.  How Long Is A Piece of String R.  Curious and Interesting Geometry David Wells & John Sharp A fascinating insight into the world of geometry.  Why Do Buses Come In Threes? J.  The Man Who Counted Malba Tahan A fine mix of story-telling and mathematics. quirky and fascinating account of the history of Pi. Eastaway. Rice. contemporary book about some of the mathematical theories that affect everyday life . Alic discusses the valuable contributions made by other female mathematicians and scientists throughout history. Another well written account of modern mathematical theory and its applications. Gaither A dictionary of statistical quotations.  Hypatia’s Heritage Margaret Alic Alongside Hypatia.  The Joy of Pi David Blatner A funny. and how fast you should run in the rain to stay the driest.from how to win 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' to how to write a hit song. from Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln to eminent statisticians such as John Tukey. R.  Curious and Interesting Numbers David Wells A thorough and comprehensive listing of numbers from the square root of -1 to lucky numbers. Wyndham.  Statistically Speaking Carl C. T. Learn the Ham Sandwich Theorem. Tahan tells the tale of an Arabian man who dispenses his mathematical knowledge on his travels across the globe.  Oxford Concise Dictionary of Mathematics Christopher Clapham An invaluable guide to the language of mathematics.  Archimedes Revenge Paul Hoffman A look at the theories involved in modern mathematics.

some that will be familiar (Pythagoras) and some that may not be (manifolds) and has something illuminating to say about all of them. and the account of the Enigma code-breaking. These are just a few of the topics Körner explains with enviable clarity and humour. Bennett A pocket-sized book on probability and statistics. (OUP. The Mind. by Gregory J. The book is small and thin: it will fit in your pocket. . you can skip through the technical bits and still have an idea what is going on. Körner. by John Casti • Godel: A Life of Logic. There is something here for anyone interested in mathematics and even the most erudite professional mathematicians will learn something new. by Paul Taylor ∏ΩΣ∏ Mathematics: a very short introduction Timothy Gowers. by Gregory J. 2002) Gowers is a Fields Medalist (the Fields medal is the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel prize).com/Mathematics_Books. http://www. that building more roads can increase journey times). Chaitin • The Unknowable.10 - . The Pleasures of Counting T. for example) while others require the techniques of a first or second year undergraduate course. What is surprising is the ease and charm of his writing. You should get it. However. so it is not at all surprising that what he writes is worth reading. (CUP.simonsingh. Some of the chapters involve very little technical mathematics (the discussion of cholera outbreaks which begins the book. and Mathematics. by John Casti • In the Light of Logic. 1996) A brilliant book. He touches lightly many areas of mathematics.W.  Statistics Without Tears Derek Rowntree An excellent introductory text to a much misunderstood area of mathematics.  Reckoning with Risk Gerd Gigerenzer A cautionary look at the application and misuse of statistics. by Chris Hankin • Practical Foundations of Mathematics.html ∏ΩΣ∏ • The Cambridge Quintet. You will enjoy the account of Braess's paradox (a mathematical demonstration of the result.  Randomness Deborah J. by Soloman Feferman • The Limits of Mathematics. the explanation of why we should all be called Smith. Chaitin • Lambda Calculi. which we all know to be correct.

revised by Ian Stewart. In the preface. (OUP. with lots of pictures and photographs. and much more. among other things. soapfilms. in condensed form. Hersh. It contains low(ish)-level discussions. because some of the problems now have solutions -. Volume 3 (1995-96) has. revised of necessity.11 - . why democracy is mathematically unsound. he discusses the solution to the four-colour problem and the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. infinitesimals. as the author says. there is no chapter on chaos. of a classic. it is guaranteed that the very least you will get from the book is the understanding that mathematical research is not just a matter of inventing new numbers. Exciting stuff.J. (OUP. (Penguin. Volumes 1 and 2 cover recent advances in map-colouring. What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences B. From Here to Infinity Ian Stewart. colouring. (AMS. The Mathematical Experience P. Topics discussed include solving the quintic. 1990) This gives a tremendous foretaste of the excitement of discovering mathematics. Turing machines and travelling salesmen. It has chapters on numbers (including ). runs to 5000 pages). 1993. the investigation of twin primes which led to the discovery that the Pentium chip was flawed. duality. logic. knot theory. computability and chaos. '96. indication of the speed at which the frontiers of mathematics are receding. Davis & R. Remarkably. cubics. The subtitle (An elementary approach to ideas and methods) is rather optimistic: challenging would be a more appropriate adjective. . Courant & H.What is Mathematics? R.for example. '94. computer proofs. but it covers some very interesting topics: for example. codes depending on large prime numbers and the Enormous Theorem in group theory (the theorem is small but the proof. though interesting or instructive would do equally well. Archimedes' Revenge P. travelling salesmen. what you will in fact get is an idea of what real mathematics is. knots. Stewart has resisted the temptation to tamper: he has simply updated where appropriate -. Cipra. 1991) This is not a difficult read. of some of the most important recent discoveries in mathematics. (Penguin. Robbins. articles on Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. A classic. '99) This really excellent series is published by the American Mathematical Society. etc. 1996) A new edition. 1996) This is a revised version of Problems in Mathematics (1987).

far-reaching results such as the hairy ball theorem (you can't brush the hair flat everywhere) and fixed point theorems are also discussed. (Penguin. It is a sequel to his equally entertaining. too. It is an upper bound for a quantity in Ramsey theory whose actual value is believed to be about 6. though mathematical. A book for the bathroom to be dipped into at leisure. but it was not realised until 1963 that this cannot be proved or disproved. There is material here which many readers will already understand. Loosely speaking: (pronounced `aleph' zero) is the number of integers (which is the same as the number of rational numbers) and is the next biggest infinity.). An example: . Hall (ed. Numeracy. It has theorems. It is not just obscure theorems about triangles and circles (though there are plenty of them). convergence and much more. (Penguin. The New Scientist Guide to Chaos N. A. Reaching for Infinity S. countability. Bondi (ed. The articles here delve into many diverse . Look up 0. Look up 1729 to see why it is `among the most famous of all numbers'. game-theory. You might also like Wells's The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry (Penguin. 1991) which is another book for the bathroom.7404 () to discover that this is the density of closely-packed identical spheres in what is believed by many mathematicians (though it was at that time an unproven hypothesis) and is known by all physicists and greengrocers to be the optimal packing. which is inconceivably big: even written as a tower of powers ())) it would take up far more ink than could be made from all the atoms in the universe. which apparently cannot be forecast accurately more than five days ahead. Wells.12 - . The numbers are listed in order of magnitude with historical and mathematical information. The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers D. There is another infinity. which are good for you. the most familiar example is the weather. but treated from a novel point of view. which is the number of real numbers. New Applications of Mathematics C. starting with functions and ending with supercomputers. 1991) Bite-sized essays on fractals. Look up Graham's number (the last one in the book).Beyond Numeracy J. read about different sorts of infinity. (Penguin. 1991) Twelve chapters by different authors. but less technical. 1997) A brilliant idea. (Penguin. (Tab/McGraw-Hill.). 1991) This comprises a series of articles on various aspects of chaotic systems together with some really amazing photographs of computer-generated landscapes. The continuum hypothesis says that . and plenty of less familiar but still very understandable material. This probably needs a bit of explanation. . Gibilisco. Paulos. Chaos is what happens when the behaviour of a system gets too complicated to predict. 1990) A short and comfortable.

Images of Chaos H. Julia sets. Lauwerier. snowflakes. Written to teach simple appreciation of math. the reason there are no movies about mathematics is that the audience is simply too small and movie costs are too great. each chapter contains a fun math puzzle that has to be in which chaos can occur and include a piece by the guru (Mandelbrot) and one about the mysterious new constant of nature discovered by Feigenbaum associated with the timescale over which dynamical systems change in character. and it does not matter how small an audience it is as long as there is an audience. Surely they couldn't all have been wrong? Fractals. just what you would expect to find. Appropriate for all ages and all levels of mathematical know-how. This is not true of novels. Thinking about this more. (Penguin. It is written with the energy of a true enthusiast. 1991) Poincaré recurrence. it was Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel. Before that. So why not devote a page to novels about math. Bach (Penguin. Novels do not require a large investment to get published. Hopefully. (Minerva/Random House. Here then are four of my favorite mathematical novels (in order of their difficulty and accessibility):  The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan – Malba Tahan is a pen name of a Brazilian mathematician who wrote a collection of stories set in 14th century Persia. But this has quite a bit of mathematics in it and also a number of programs in basic so that you can build your own fractals. the coastline of Norway. Gleick. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ∏ΩΣ∏ Novel Mathematics A few months ago. © Faculty of Mathematics. at interview. Mandelbrot.13 - . candidates are asked whether they have read any good mathematics books recently. There was a time when nine out of ten candidates who expressed a view named this one. we can compile a reading list with helpful suggestions. . It is about a poor traveler who just happens to be good at math. I reviewed the Oscar Winning Best Picture A Beautiful Mind and lamented the fact that movies about mathematics are rare. Escher. and how he uses these abilities to climb the social ladder. University of Cambridge. 1980). 1997) Sometimes. nice pictures. or novels in which mathematics play a large role? I will mention four novels that fit the bill nicely. and will gladly list other suggestions sent to me. in fact. however. Chaos J.

or too lazy to get to the Two of the stories are set during World War II.  Flatland by Edwin A. Best appreciated by computer literate people who at least have a basic understanding of how cryptography works. and one about a secret group assigned to keep the Germans from knowing that their Enigma code has been broken. A new annotated edition edited by writer Ian Stewart is now out in bookstores everywhere. This book has almost become required reading in High School. all exploring the science of cryptography.netspace. may I suggest some terrific "classic" mathematical short stories: And He Built A Crooked House by Robert Heinlein The Musgrave Ritual by Arthur Conan Doyle where Sherlock Holmes uses trigonometry (actually basic geometry) to solve a 200 year old mystery. It is really three novels in one.  Permutation City by Greg Egan – (Greg Egan's Home Page <http://www.  Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson – Between the bizarre title and the 900 page length. which threatens to change the face of world economics. A deeply philosophical satire about the creation of an artificial heaven and an artificial universe. Some knowledge of cellular automata is required to really appreciate the book. The three stories often cross paths.14 - . Some exposure to planar geometry is needed to understand parts of the book. some may be initially turned off by this book. Any other good suggestions? For those too cheap to buy any of these books. one from the perspective of a Japanese officer assigned to secure a supply of German gold in the Philippines. as it teaches higher dimensional mathematics better than any lecture could. The third story is set in present day. This creates the possibility of immortality for those rich enough to afford the computer cycles. Square. about a group of computer hackers who are creating a new international currency based on cryptography. Abbott – A classic sci-fi novel about A. a two dimensional being who discovers the existence of a third>) Australian author Greg Egan defines the term "speculative science fiction" with his various novels and stories set in worlds where what might be scientifically possible is possible. Set about 50 years into the future where technology exists to scan the human brain in such detail that the scanned brain can be simulated as a computer program. and the outcomes of each story are dependent on one another. .

cofc. pretty standard description of the history of the solution to Fermat's therom by Andrew Wiles The Code Book. and explains complex mathematical transpositions as cyphers. statistics.15 - . and public key crypto in greatly accessible detail. and other media. Not mathematical per se. I imagine you have probably read this. Sincerely: Matthew Champion The Mathematical Magpie and Fantasia <mailto:paul@mathmistakes. Alan Lightman. (In no particular order) Fermat's Enigma Simon> ∏ΩΣ∏ . This book deals with the math most people are likely to encounter. Einstein's Dreams. The graph of the march of Napolean to and from Moscow is by some considered the best two-dimensional chart in history. short stories. Thanks for the web site. Clarke --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reader's Suggestions: Here are several you may want to consider. from the USA Today bar-graphs. and I appreciate your time. The Visual Display of Quantitative Data by Tufte. An excellent book on both modern and ancient cryptography. but it certainly broaches the subject in terms of relativity.The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. to misinterpretation of O-ring failure in the Space Shuttle program. a mathematical page-turner if there was one. Probably my favorite mathematical book ever. and in particular misuse of statistical> Lists 258 math related books. The Search For Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman Suggested by Bipwop Further Links: Mathematical Fiction <http://math. Enigma. both edited by Clifton Fadiman. and is readable by the public-at-large. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www. also by Simon Singh.mathmistakes. which makes it important.

S. the Mormon journey to Utah and the voyage of space colonists to the asteroids is the highlight of this very entertaining and thought-provoking work.16 - .Philosopher Engelbert Broda Broda's brief but entertaining biography of Ludwig Boltzmann is an easy if somewhat unsatisfying read. Harvard University Press. Somehow he even had time to advise Stanley Kubrick about 2001: A Space Odyssey. ∏ΩΣ∏ Recommended Books about Scientists (Mostly Physicists)  Disturbing the Universe by Freeman Dyson Of all the many accounts of 20th century physics I've read. and Teller.  Ludwig Boltzmann: Man -.. Unfortunately the book also has long excerpts from Boltzmann's writings about epistemology. Popularly it has always been supposed that the cause of Boltzmann's despair was the advent of quantum mechanics and relativity. he also had original ideas about space colonization. Dyson's strong sense of ethics infuses his portraits of Oppenheimer. Disturbing the Universe has to be the only physics memoir to extensively quote T. 1982. Before undertaking a science career. but this work shows that belief to be incorrect.Physicist -. Eliot. McCormmach's book is a fictionalized autobiography of Ludwig Boltzmann. Touching and funny tales about Boltzmann's life are interspersed with fascinating anecdotes about the birth of statistical mechanics. Dyson is not afraid to run the numbers about any arbitrarily wild-eyed idea. to say the least. whom he knew well but does not judge.  Night thoughts of a classical physicist Russell McCormmach. . Feynman. which is not what he is remembered for. Dyson's presence at remarkably many of the major events of the last fifty years is what makes his memoir worth such compelling reading. We learn of Boltzmann's job-hopping before his mysterious suicide at age 62 in 1906.Cambridge. but it was Mach's and Ostwald's attacks on the reality of atoms that most upset Boltzmann. whose work was unappreciated in his lifetime and who eventually committed suicide. Dyson not only did seminal work on quantum electrodynamics. Mass. nuclear power and arms control. It seems almost incredible in 2002. Charmingly. What really sets Disturbing the Universe apart is its moral clarity. As the title indicates. he analyzed statistics about the WWII British bombing campaign and managed at the height of "the last good war" to see the folly and evil behind the strategy of targeting civilians. Some of the academia jokes are worthy of David Lodge. His comparative cost analysis of the Pilgrim expedition to America. This book is much more entertaining than that description would suggest. Dyson's has to be my favorite.

Davis' Lawrence and Oppenheimer is a vivid portrait of two very different men: Lawrence the narrow-minded hick who was the first big-instrument physicist. although the info is interesting.  From falling bodies to radio waves : classical physicists and their discoveries. W. Freeman.  Lawrence and Oppenheimer Nuel Pharr Davis. Pais' history of postwar physics explains to us condensed matter folks exactly what it is that all those particle Nobelists did. and Oppenheimer the self-destructive dreamer who nonetheless managed to run the Manhattan Project. it's a serious biography.  The Beat of a Different Drum: The life and science of Richard Feynman Jagdish Mehra. New York. Mehra's book is not for those who want to read more Surely You're Joking types of anecdotes. A particularly fascinating character is Michael Faraday. which reminds me of that horrid Linda Ronstadt song.  From x-rays to quarks : modern physicists and their discoveries Emilio Segre. "That's the last potato I'll ever dig!" . New York.P. A fairly light read with new (to me) info about the history of postwar research funding. This book is rather dry IMHO. Evidently he threw down his trowel and proclaimed. W. San Francisco.17 - . Emilio Segre. H. 1986. It traces the development of Feynman's thinking on matters like the path integral in a way that I (who never took a course in field theory) can understand. which added little that was new IMHO.H. Simon and Schuster [1968] N. Segre's histories of modern and classical physics are full of interesting personalities and anecdotes about how they made their discoveries. Faraday invented the motor and the transformer. Evidently he was out in his family's garden in New Zealand digging potatoes when the news came by mail that he'd been admitted to Manchester University . 1984.  Inward bound : of matter and forces in the physical world Abraham Pais. The only anecdote I remember from Inward Bound was about Rutherford. There's much more here than you will find in Halliday and Resnick or some other dry tome. These books are also easy to read. I'm just too bored with Einstein legends to consume a whole book. I tried to read Pais' book on Einstein.New York. discovered benzene and pioneered electrochemistry and field theory. Oxford University Press. 1980. far outclassing Gleick's depressing opus Genius. the bookbinder's apprentice who learned by reading the books. Freeman. Mehra's book is much better than the title. Jagdish Mehra's The Beat of a Different Drum: The life and science of Richard Feynman is an excellent review of Feynman's personal and professional life. but couldn't stand it.

 The Making of the Atomic Bomb Richard Rhodes. The story of Soviet espionage in the US during the '40's is just plain painful to read. Regis' book is a bit too frothy for my taste. infamously led by Heisenberg. had made something work which they could not. 1995. Addison-Wesley.18 - . Simon & Schuster." I'm quite surprised.  Who got Einstein's office? : eccentricity and genius at the Institute for Advanced Study. what were government leaders thinking? The titanic struggle of Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer is told in a way that does less credit to Teller and more to Oppenheimer than previous sources I have read (see below). 1983.Reading. When the first book ended with a brief account of the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb.  Alsos Samuel Goudsmit. they didn't believe it! They couldn't conceive that their students. New York. Despite the fact that I have already completed several books relevant to this subject. Rhodes' follow-up is an equally fine book. Alsos is truly poorly written.  Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb Richard Rhodes. I learned a great deal by reading Dark Sun.. IMHO. Goudsmit's book is about the US intelligence effort to track the German bomb project during the war. heard that the US had exploded a nuclear weapon. 1986. Mass. which draws on many new interviews with participants. "Of course: everything about the hydrogen bomb is classified. Definitely a gossip volume. Edward Regis. Rhodes' story of the Manhattan project is probably the best book ever about how physics research is done. Tomash Publishers. therefore. The Making of the Atomic Bomb is chock-a- block with amusing anecdotes of the bomb projects and fascinating technical detail. etc. the science is really watered-down and there's an air of giddiness that seems inappropriate somehow. Nonetheless readers will be rewarded with some fascinating tales of bickering and infighting among the physics glitterati. Simon & Schuster. New York. but contains fascinating tales of famous physics personalities. Learn who turned down IAS posts. When the German bomb scientists. CA. I thought. 1987. to see how much detail the follow-on volume contains. who had fled to the US. If anyone knows a better book about personalities in science. although more frustrating to read. I'd like to read it! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History. This volume contains much political and technical detail about how decisions regarding The Bomb were made.Los Angeles. Naturally the book can't continue. .

aps. Andrew Hodges . Henry and Gibbs. The Physicists was a bit a disappointing to me. But in general you have to be really interested in Teller to read this book.W. algorithmics. and quantitative biology are explained clearly. I would much rather have read more about the founding of the American Physical Society <http://www. but all in all it is a good read. and the extended metaphors (referring to Turing as Alice. Richard Feynman. Feynman memoirs: you'll laugh. you'll cry. Blumberg. Norton. the National Research Council. 1990. Many physics history books gloss over these non-nuclear military developments in a rush to treat the more glamorous Manhattan project in excessive detail. etc.) get a bit irritating. also testified against Oppenheimer? Learn how Teller lost his foot.New York. Norton. And  What do YOU care what other people think? : further adventures of a curious character. Did you know that Luis Alvarez. even those who are straight. In general Kevles' book gives a lot of attention to statistics and Congressional actions and much less to the development of the culture and institutions of US physics.  Alan Turing: The Enigma. There is good coverage of the beginnings of physics in the US with Michelson. in laborious detail. In addition the history of radar development at MIT durring WWII and the development of sonar at New London during WWI are given a thorough treatment. A sympathetic view of Teller's life. His work on cryptography. Alan Turing was a classic example of a misunderstood genius. Mr.Simon and Schuster. Harvard University Press. The Enigma is a fine portrait of a scientist who was way ahead of his time not only in computer science.19 - . Scribner's. 1985. the co- proposer of the dinosaurs-killed-by-comets theory. W. 1983. the prehistory of the National Science Foundation.  The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community Daniel>.  Edward Teller : giant of the golden age of physics : a biography Stanley A. The Enigma is a bit long. 1988. but also in several other fields of mathematics. and. New York. and the pathos of his life is sure to sadden any sympathetic reader. 1995. . Unfortunately much of the rest of the book is about the National Academy of Sciences. and his personal life is also sketched. New York. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious character Richard Feynman.  "Surely you're joking. you'll take up the bongos! Bestsellers.

As he says. Assuredly these are both subjects that have proven altogether too fascinating for many too smart people.20 - . Nuclear Rites is an anthropologist's view of two competing tribes. University of California Press. "Didn't anyone edit this manuscript?" While I'm glad to have read The Map that Changed the World. Goldstein's novel will remind theatergoers of David Auburn's recent Proof as both works feature the basic plot of a graduate student courting the daughter of a mad-genius professor-father. While Smith is an appealing character. Nuclear Rites is an accomplishment in that it puts aside such falderal and approaches the weapons scientists (and protestors) with an open mind. namely nuclear weapons scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Bay Area antinuclear activists who oppose the Lab's work. 1996. it would seem to me to be almost grotesquely irrelevant and scholastic to argue that the scientific principles of weapons designs are social constructions . . when the weapons' ability to wipe out entire nations has already been experimentally demonstrated on two cities . "Indeed. Winchester's narrative focuses on the difficulty that Smith had in getting credit for his ideas and his struggles with financial insolvency. particularly that put forward by feminists. Smith like Tesla deserves a better biographer. This unusual approach to the controversy is quite illuminating. the book is poorly organized and repetitive.  Properties of Light Rebecca Goldstein. well-educated people could come to such fervently held and bitterly opposed beliefs. . Refreshingly. Rather than argue about which side is right. I find many "science studies" books unbearable when they waste energy claiming that scientists' models and theories are elaborate social constructions rather than sensible responses to experimentally observed facts. the first geologist to realize the importance of fossils for dating and ordering strata of rock. Smith was a British working-class civil engineer whose fascination with fossils led him to found the science of stratigraphy. . The academic subject matter of Properties of Light is alternative theories of quantum mechanics rather than number theory.  Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War Hugh Gusterson. Gusterson instead investigates the question of how two groups of mostly middle-class. such the battles over abortion or gun control. "grotesquely irrelevant and scholastic" is a perfect description of the humanities' critique of science. Through extensive interviews Gusterson learns how Lab employees could rationalize working on weapons of mass destruction and why protestors were willing to disrupt their lives by being arrested in "direct action" demonstrations." Yes. and would serve well those who wish to understand other unending debates. being more interested in how weapons scientists think about the unthinkable. Readers will find themselves wondering.  The Map that Changed the World Simon Winchester Winchester's book tells the little known but important story of William Smith. . Gusterson eschews this viewpoint. a washed- . . Goldstein's protagonists are Samuel Mallach.

In fact. Goldstein appears not to understand that the unpopularity of local hidden-variables theories derives from their inability to make testable predictions. ∏ΩΣ∏ (Auto-)Biography  Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic. and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics. and Justin Childs. a young theoretical physics hotshot. by Andrew Hodges  Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude 1872-1921. by John Archibald Wheeler  Alan Turing: The Enigma. by Tom Lewis  Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton. by F. by Emanuel Derman  Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger. the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and the Bell Inequalities continue to be lively subjects for discussion in physics circles. by Edward Rice ∏ΩΣ∏ . by Ray Monk  Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm.21 - . Mallach was based on the well known physicist David Bohm.up and obscure professor. Black Holes. Goldstein informs readers that the reviled Prof. In an unfortunate afterword. by James Gleick  Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio. by Norman McRae  Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman. David Peat  John von Neumann. by Philip Marchand  Geons. by Anita Feferman  My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance. Unfortunately the tale of Justin's collaboration with Samuel and romance with Samuel's daughter Dana is rather bloodless compared to Auburn's hot-tempered play.

by John H. by Michael Gross • The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes. by Steven Pinker • The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. October 2000. by Martin Rees • What Will be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives. by Richard Dawkins -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ∏ΩΣ∏ . by Rudy Rucker • Investigations. by Murray Gell-Mann • Shadows of the Mind. by David Shenk. by David J. • Slamming [Bill] Gates. by Norbert Weiner • The Selfish Gene. by Michael Dertouzous (Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science) • The Symbolic Species: The co-evolution of language and the brain.GENERAL SCIENCE ∏ΩΣ∏ General Articles • The Creative Life: Science vs Art. September 1995 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Books on Science. January 26. by Sunny Auyang • The Quark and the Jaguar. by Stuart Kauffman • How is Quantum Field Theory Possible?. an interview with Greg Chaitin. Scientific American. and Philosophy of Science • Feynman's Rainbow. by Roger Penrose • Invention: The Care and Feeding of Ideas.22 - . Deacon • How the Mind Works. The New Republic. History of Science. by Terrence W. • Key Technologies for the 21st Century. Chalmers • Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity. by Leonard Mlodinow • Infinity and the Mind. Holland • Origins of Order.. by David Deutsch • Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others. by Stuart Kauffman • Travels to the Nanoworld: Miniature Machinery in Nature and Technology. 1998.

by Andrew W. Baum • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach . Williams and Scott H. by Paul E. Holzmann and Bjorn Pehrson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ∏ΩΣ∏ . by Colin P. by Gregory J. by Bruce Schneier • Network Security. and Mike Speciner • The Early History of Data Networks. Appel • Handbook of Logic in Computer Science. Radia Perlman. Jr. Tucker. Chaitin • Information.Computer Science ∏ΩΣ∏ • My Recommended Reading List on Theory of Programming Languages. 2nd Edition. by Cristian Calude • Cornerstones of Undecidability. by John C. edited by Samson Abramsky and Dov Gabbay -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Books on Networking. Vols 1-3. • Foundations of Programming Languages. by Fred B. by Christian Huitema • Secure Electronic Commerce: Building the Infrastructure for Digital Signatures and Encryption. by Warwick Ford and Michael S.23 - . by Craig Partridge • Fiber Optic Networks. Mitchell • On Concurrent Programming. Clearwater • The Computer Science and Engineering Handbook. Randomness and Incompleteness. by Grzegorz Rozenberg and Arto Salomma • The Structure of Typed Programming Languages. 5th Printing. Jones • Explorations in Quantum Computing. Schmidt • Type Theory and Functional Programming. by Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie • Gigabit Networking. 2nd Edition. Chaitin • Information and Randomness: An Algorithmic Perspective. and the Internet • IPv6: The New Internet Protocol. Cryptography. by David A. Jr. edited by Allen B. by Greg Lavender • Computability and Complexity: From a Programming Perspective. by Simon Thompson • Compiling with Continuations. Schneider • Algorithmic Information Theory. By Charlie Kaufman. by Gregory J. by Gerard J. by Neil D. Green. • Applied Cryptography.

Like the braces-wearing 8th grader dorks that we were." which are self-replicating packets of information aimed at coercing people to do specific things.'s. I remember that I read this book over and over again in 9th and 10th grades. Popular science books such as this one are great for getting kids interested in science since it explains the exciting aspects of a theory. this time able to understand all of the information in the book. but I had to start somewhere. I read it again. Chaos: Making a New Science by Gleick – This is a classic among popular science books. When I first read this in high school. read it. without providing abstruse mathematical and experimental details. and I let my friends borrow it as well. ∏ΩΣ∏ Sphere by Crichton – The first book on my list is also the only fiction book on this list. I learned a bit about physics but glossed over the details. Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme by Brodie – I read this book sometime in either 11th or 12th grade. Time Warps. When I read it again years later after having taken some college-level math and science courses. with the utmost of respect and presents the information like an experienced science writer. I first read this sometime during middle school. After I had taken a few physics classes at MIT. in this case hyperspace theory.24 - . I remember that this was my favorite novel as a teenager. I have since grown out of pondering over hokey pseudo-science. It is ironic that this book warns people to resist "memes. and I could not understand most of it. I liked how it presented the information in such a concise and humorous way. and the 10th Dimension by Kaku – This was the first popular theoretical physics book that I read. I could definitely understand much more of the topic. yet this book itself employs many "memes" in order to get people like me to buy it. We had some fun discussions about "memes" and how is has penetrated our popular culture. my friends and I would have intense discussions on the deep philosophical issues within the book. and it never got dull. and pass it to friends. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes. clever marketing and packaging! . The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Gonick and Huffman – The "Cartoon Guide" series of books presents a topic through approximately two hundred pages of hand-sketched cartoons. Clever. I enjoyed reading this book because it was not hokey and hand-wavy like the other ones. no matter if they are laymen or physics Ph. Gleick treats his audience.D.

he explains six important topics in modern physics using his remarkable style and only referencing algebra. an MIT graduate. Feynman!" by Feynman – Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman. It actually makes math dramatic and exciting! Isaac Newton by Gleick – An amazing biography of da man by one of the most talented contemporary popular science writers. Number: The Language of Science by Dantzig – I have absolutely no clue on how this book ended up on my bookshelf . and simple differential calculus. This autobiographical book tells of his many exploits and provides non-stop laughs for any nerd. was one of the most prominent physicists of the 20th century. and Space- Time by Feynman – Not only was Professor Feynman one of the most prominent physicists of the 20th century."Surely You're Joking. And best of all. Mr. geometry.I think we bought it at a garage sale years ago .25 - . Six Not-So Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity. I'm not joking. but Not As Strange As You Think by Lindley – I've always wanted a good introduction to quantum mechanics. without all of the doozie math. It chronicles the development of mathematics from ancient times to the 20th century. he was also one of the most beloved teachers. The questions. Even if you are never going to program in the Scheme language. it's available for FREE online! .but I am so glad that it did. and also one amazing storyteller. you will still learn a lot from this book. In this book. Parts of it read like poetry. Where Does the Weirdness Go?: Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange. and this book gave me exactly what I wanted. I could understand most of what he was saying. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Abelson and Sussman – One of the most inspirational and beautiful books on programming ever created. It is amazing that he can explain Einstein's theory of relativity (both special and general) in such a small amount of space. Symmetry. and conundrums raised by this book were a bit disconcerting for my mind. paradoxes. It is even more amazing that. but I found it to be a satisfying introduction to the strange world of quantum mechanics. Enough said. as a non-physics major.

in true hacker fashion. clarity. The author's lack of familiarity with technical terms and writing style bugged me sometimes. I am still trying to make my way through this book since the content is quite dense. starting with FORTRAN in the 1950's and concluding with the modern free software/open source movement. it explains the C language with remarkable clarity. even when I did not need to program in C. written by the creators themselves. but the wonderful organization and presentation of the content more than made up for it. It will also make you fall in love with the LISP programming language. Engineers. Even though it is a tiny book. but this was the original book on the C programming language. computer books are boring. but I am very happy with what I've read so far. and insight. it's available for FREE online! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://web. Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts--The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution by Lohr . Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Graham – This is an awesome book which is a must-read for anybody who wants to learn more about the culture of the nerds who love to program computers. I've looked at a few LISP books before but always thought that they didn't emphasize enough of what was unique and beautiful about the LISP language. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is curious in the power of the LISP language. It is written with great wit. yet it's a language which far outdates all of the ones I use on a daily basis. I really want to learn more about LISP because it seems so intriguingly different from all the other programming I've done. This is definitely recommended reading for anybody who is interested in the culture behind computer On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common LISP by Graham – This is an extremely well-written book on intermediate to advanced concepts in LISP programming.This book presents a fascinating story about the brilliant men and women who launched the computer software revolution. Go To: The Story of the Math Majors. Chess Wizards. Bridge Players.26 - . And best of all.The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) by Kernighan and Ritchie – Yeah. I have read through this entire book just for fun.htm ∏ΩΣ∏ . This is a must-have book for any computer scientist. even if you have no idea how to use

and remember: Keep Looking Up! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Getting Started / Basics of Astronomy Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy by David J. and beginners. A three-volume set. Hope you enjoy. Ltd. Astro-Physics & Cosmology ∏ΩΣ∏ There are thousands of books available on the topic of astronomy and can be quite overwhelming for the beginner. Consice Dictionary of Astronomy by Jacqueline Mitton Contains 2. Most of the books listed here can be found at your local library or from a company such as Astronomy or Sky and Telescope. To Know the Stars by Guy Ottewell A guide to astronomy for children. Miller's Planisphere edited by Ian Ridpath Shows the sky for any day of the year at any hour. easy-to-understand explanations. Learn constellations by sharing in the lore of their past. and images for thousands of stars and deep-sky objects. Jr. Made with waterproof plastic. Intermediate Astronomy / Reference Library Burham's Celestial Handbook by Robert Burham. . Provides data.300 definitions of concepts important to learning how to speak in the language of astronomy. Moon Map from George Philip.Astronomy. stories. basic astrophotography. Will Black Holes Devour the Universe? by Melanie Melton 101 complex questions are answered in simple. Celestial Delights by Francsis Reddy and Greg Walz-Chojnacki A beginning viewer's guide to the best sky shows from now through the year 2001. We have compiled a list of a few books on topics from learning the constellations to making your own telescope that we feel are worth your time .27 - . Many topics are covered including types of telescopes. teachers. A 36 x 26 fold-out map showing over 500 features visible with the naked eye and binoculers. Eicher This owner's manuel for the night sky gets beginners off to a great start in the hobby of astronomy. and the solar system.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Astrophotography / CCD Imaging Astrophotography .Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars & Planets by Pasachoff and Menzel A pocket-sized reference guide with hundreds of photographs and 72 monthly sky maps. this manual is an excellent starting point to learn how to take great photos. Arnold A member of Sky and Telescope's Observer's Guide series.0 by Tirion. Cosmos by Carl Sagan Although we have not personally read this book. If you have trouble understanding the concepts. by Stephen Hawking A follow-up to Brief History. Explains the procedures and equipment needed to get started in CCD photography. 9. it is not as easy of a read as it is made out to be. ∏ΩΣ∏ .An Introduction by H. Build Your Own Telescope by Richard Berry Complete plans on how to build five telescopes with backyard tools.000 stars down to mag. Also includes a TON of information.5. Black Holes.P. Telescope Making How to Make a Telescope by Jean Texereau The classic reference book on how to make a Newtonian or Cassegrain telescope. Hawking has also written a companion to Brief History..28 - . and Lovi Contains 259 charts with 332. The ultimate in star charts for the amateur astronomer. the PBS video series based after it is highly acclaimed. Baby Universes is an easier read that contains more personal information about Hawking and many transcripts of his lectures. defiantly the best pocket-reference book available. Uranometria 2000... Rappaport. Choosing and Using a CCD Camera by Richard Berry An excellent book to pick up before investing in a CCD camera. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Cosmology A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking Although an EXCELLENT book that explains many of the new advances in theoretical astrophysics.J. Baby Universes.

Another good chapter covers the rivalry between Isaac Newton and Leibnitz. R. "A Civil Action" by Jonathan Harr "A Short History of Chemistry" by J. Parrington "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson (online review) "A Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson "Absolute Zero" by John Shachtman "Acid Tongues and Tranquil Dreamers: Eight Scientific Rivalries That Changed the World" by Michael White.CHEMISTRY ∏ΩΣ∏ Following is a list of books and their authors that have been recommended by chemistry teachers and professors. The chapter on Lavoisier and Priestly is excellent. "Beethoven's Hair" by Russell Martin "Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science” (Lavishly illustrated) by Art Greenberg Chemistry Imagined: Reflections on Science by Roald Hoffmann & Vivian Torrence " .edu with the title and author for inclusion in this list. over who first developed the calculus.29 - .Alice in Wonderland style. "Alice in Quantumland" by Robert Gilmore – an amusing romp through the world of quantum mechanics . If you have a personal recommendation for a book focusing on chemistry not listed here please email at cts@csun.

"Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb" by Thomas Powers – The story of the German Atomic Bomb Program during WWII. Abbott’s tale of inter-dimensional experience. and the Heresy Trial of His Mother” by James A. really!) "Molecular Origami" by Bob Hanson "Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life” by John Elmsley .30 - . Political Intrigue. and the allied attempts to find out about it."Crucibles: the Story of Chemistry from Ancient Alchemy to Nuclear Fission" by Bernard Jaffe "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser "Flatland: A romance of many dimensions” Edwin A. or did he just fail to build it due to lack of knowledge or skill. Connor "Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World" by Simon Garfield – The story of the first man who made a useful chemical. "Mendeleev's Dream" by Paul Strathern ~ How he dreamt up the Periodic Table (no. "Ideas in Chemistry: A History of the Science" by David Knight "In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat” by John Gribbon The story of the cat in the box (quantum stuff) "Invitation to Chemistry” by Ira Dufresne Garard "Kepler's Witch : An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War. The central question of the book is whether Heisenberg deliberately didn't build an atomic bomb for Hitler. and started the entire industry of synthetic organic chemistry.

. a History of Explosives" (no How-to’s) by GI Brown “The Demon-Haunted World” by Carl Sagan "The Genie in the Bottle" by Joe Schwarcz "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes "The Monkey's Wrench" by Primo Levi "The Periodic Table" by Primo Levi – Autobiographical essays about a Jewish chemist in Mussolini's Italy.31 - . and how different elements relate to his life. Also good if you want to wow your colleagues with your knowledge of "the only rock we eat. Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs" by Joe Schwarcz "Salt" by Mark Kulansky This book depicts the importance of salt throughout history. Joe Schwarcz "The Big Bang." "Schrodinger’s Kittens" by John Gribbon … A sequel to the Cat (obviously) "That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles" by Dr. it is great for teachers who want to do something cross-curricular with social studies."Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History” by Le Couteur & Burreson "Old Wine New Flasks: Reflections on Science & Jewish Tradition" Roald Hoffmann & Shira Leibowitz Schmidt "Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World” by Nick Lane "Oxygen" by Carl Djerassi & Roald Hoffmann "Radar.

The case of David Hahn who managed to secure materials and equipment from businesses and information from government officials to develop an atomic energy radiation project for his Boy Scout merit-badge "The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works" by Roger Highfield "The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder.html The site is self described: "My choices of books and articles are not confined to chemistry. Edison.htm "Hal's Picks of the Month" http://www."The Radioactive Boyscout: The true story of a boy and his backyard nuclear reactor" by Ken Elizabeth Christophy's website: http://faculty. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For other Recommended Science Books see:- Dr.32 - ." Chemical Education Resource Shelf : http://www. I enjoy reading about many other science and history of science ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www. and I make recommendations more for teachers than for students. Chemist" by Byron Michael Vanderbilt "Timeline" by Michael Crichton (recommended for discussion on quantum mechanics) "Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood" by Oliver Sacks "Why Things Break" by Mark Eberhart.umsl.umsl. Fire and Phosphorus" by John Elmsley (Journal of Chemical Education Review) "The Universe in a Nutshell" by Stephen Hawking "Thomas ∏ΩΣ∏ .

The book is obviously written for an intelligent and interested adult: difficult concepts are not swept under the carpet (there is a chapter on Least Action) and the text is not littered with trendy pictures or jokes. With potted biographies. The energies required to study the latest batch of elementary particles are so great that the Big Bang is the only feasible `laboratory'. Having now read it. which describes the interactions between light and electrons. it is also very accurate: its prediction of the magnetic moment of the electron agrees with the experimental value to an accuracy equivalent to the width of a human hair in the distance from New York to Los Angeles.with remarkable success. The Cosmic Onion Frank Close (Heinemann. Hey & P. QED: The Strange Story of Light and Matter R. historical background. The Quantum Universe T. all areas'. I see this is more or less true. . in four lectures to a non-specialist audience . 1990) Feynman again. this time explaining the exceedingly deep theory of Quantum ElectroDynamics. Taylor (CUP. The final chapter makes the all-important link between particle physics (physics on the smallest scale) and cosmology (physics on the largest scale).almost as if the author was conversing with the reader as an equal. 1987) All you ever wanted to know about quantum mechanics. 1983) Not a great deal has changed on the elementary particle scene since this absorbing survey was written: it was just in time to report first sightings of the Z and W particles. It even reports. The theory is not only very strange. Walters (CUP. he said `Well.THEORETICAL PHYSICS ∏ΩΣ∏ Hidden Unity in Nature's Laws John C. from fusion to fission.33 - . The same authors also wrote a splendid book on relativity (Einstein's Mirror).P. 2001) When I asked John Taylor which areas of physics his book covered. Everything is explained with exceptional clarity in a most engaging manner . and from Higgs particles to Hawking radiation. This is an excellent and unusual introduction to the subject. He takes us from the oldest ideas in physics (about astronomy) to the most modern (string theory). Feynman (Penguin. from Feynman diagrams to superfluids. and packed with wonderful illustrations and photographs (including an electron microscope image of a midge). with (as it turned out) well-founded scepticism on claims to have seen the top quark.

1982) All the buzz-words are here: cosmic dynamics. there is a binary pulsar which loses mass by gravitational radiation and. General Relativity predicts 75.M. Davies (CUP. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © Faculty of Mathematics.W. University of Cambridge. galactic structure. There is much to be learned here about physics. cosmology and astronomy as well as about Einstein and his theory. ∏ΩΣ∏ . in the same way as you feel centrifugal force when your car goes round a bend. but this is not another journalistic pot-boiler. The Accidental Universe P.34 - . It is a careful and accurate account by one of the best writers of popular science.C. as a result. black holes.Was Einstein Right? C. 1988) Einstein's theory of General Relativity is a theory of gravitation which supersedes Newton's theory and is consistent with Special Relativity. many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. In particular. entropy of the Universe. Will (Basic Books. This book is about observational tests of the theory. The basic idea is that space-time is curved and you feel gravitational forces when you go round a curve in space. all of which have been passed with flying colours. its period of rotation increases by millionths of a second per year.