Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica - Sir Isaac Newton
The Flying circus of physics is one full of physics you encounter in everyday life, some are very difficult but that makes figuring one out more rewarding.
Anyone read and watched Walter Lewis "for the love of physics"
he was a lecturer at MIT and made a great book about the wonderful side of physics
and I'm currently reading about Einstein's general relativity by Brian cox and its very easy and a good book.
i recommend reading physics of the impossible by Michio Kaku, its the best book ive read so far, it describes the physics of things that might seem impossible or may be impossible e.g. invisibility and space travel and such, pretty mind boggling!
If you want books then I suggest
Why does e=mc*
It's the easiest way of getting your head around Einstein's theories
And for the love of physics
Brilliant guy who deserves way more attention
Yep, although Exeter asked for AAB NOT ABB, and I'm not sure that I can get an A in maths :s
Is there something wrong with putting proper textbooks on the list? What about the Fermi electromagnetism book?
I'm half-way through (what I think is new this year) "The Theoretical Minimum" by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky, and think it's a fantastic book on classical physics. It's still in the realm of a pop-science book that you might find in waterstones, but pushes more towards being a textbook than most.
It's perfect for 6th-formers interested in physics/thinking of applying for physics. It's got plenty of equations in (but easy to follow unlike the road to reality book), which should be fine for anyone with a basic knowledge of calculus. But it introduces concepts that wouldn't really be seen until university like Lagrangian's (which are more elegant re-formulations of Newtonian mechanics which are massively important in every part of physics) but explained quite simply.
For a personal statement it would be brilliant- introduces higher level topics at an understandable, and importantly, mathematical level. It doesn't do quantum stuff, but that's covered in a million other books, and can't really be explained mathematically at a simple level. Plus you've got to show you're interested/competent in the basics before you get to that level!
Interesting list, bookmarked the wiki, thanks.
One I'd recommend which I don't think is listed already is a biography of Richard Feynman "Genius", by James Gleick. I'd also suggest that you don't need any formal Physics knowledge (not even GCSE) to enjoy "Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman".
Looking beyond books (apologies if this is off topic), I find that articles in Physics World (the IOP members journal) on recent research areas are generally quite accessible. At the very least, they give an idea what current research is all about (which also may come in handy for interview preparation, or indeed to help and find out which areas of physics you personally find interesting). While access to the bulk of the articles requires registration, some are freely accessible from their main website.
anyone know anygood books on thermodynamics, or superconductors?
recommendations for good books to read for fluid dynamics/fluid mechanics?