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Does anybody have any recommendations for some light reading on Maths/Physics? Maybe on the history of Mathematics or a biography of a Mathematician, something like that. Similarly with Physics, but on something different to the generic "the interesting world of quantum mechanics" or "string theory: the answer to all of Physics problems". So preferably a book that doesn't have anything about Schroedingers cat in it. I recently read "The making of the Atomic bomb" which is a great read and exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for.
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Hmmmm. I quite liked the few books I've read about the history of major mathematical problems: Fermat's Last Theorem (by Simon Singh), Kepler's Conjecture (by George Szpiro), Poincaré's Prize (by George Szpiro), Four Colors Suffice (by Robin Wilson) and The Equation that Couldn't be Solved (by Mario Livio). They are all more biographical/historical than they are mathematical discussions of the proofs of the respective problems (Fermat's last theorem, Kepler's conjecture, the Poincaré conjecture, the four-colour theorem, and the Abel-Ruffini theorem / Galois theory).
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Are they interesting?:p:
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Godel Escher Bach!

Some people would argue that it's not "light reading" because it actually has some maths and computer science in it, rather than just being a book about maths. But I found it phenomenally easy to read - the author's style is laid back and funny, so you never feel like you're studying.
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Heheh.
Brian Greene's An Elegant Universe.
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The Elegant Universe is quite a lengthy book, but its redeeming quality is the copious footnotes in its appendices where some of the actual mathematical details are discussed. But, it's a string theory book. For a book about the Standard Model of particle physics, I quite liked The Theory of Almost Everything by Robert Oerter.
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Heheh.
Brian Greene's An Elegant Universe.
I've read that book and that's exactly the kind of book I want to avoid.
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Do try The Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor%27s_New_Mind

I loved it when I read it
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(Original post by Barny)
Does anybody have any recommendations for some light reading on Maths/Physics? Maybe on the history of Mathematics or a biography of a Mathematician, something like that. Similarly with Physics, but on something different to the generic "the interesting world of quantum mechanics" or "string theory: the answer to all of Physics problems". So preferably a book that doesn't have anything about Schroedingers cat in it. I recently read "The making of the Atomic bomb" which is a great read and exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for.
Fabric of the Cosmos - Greene.

Once you're midwayish into your undergrad degree, you might want to try Roger Penrose - The Road to Reality. It starts off deceptively with Pythagoras and moves onto complex numbers and then onto dimensional space etc.

I remember thinking - wtf; that seemingly irrelavent/very simplistic proof of pythag and actually be applied in space and dimensional physics as well; very interesting, but might fry your brain. I'm sad to say that it rapidly outstripped my maths ability.
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... he said he didn't like Elegant Universe. Fabric of the Cosmos is more of the same style.

I foolishly bought Road to Reality some months ago. It's so dense! But I guess that is to be expected from a book which aims to introduce so much...
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http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...glist/text.pdf

Split into helpful sections.
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