Good Maths/Physics books Watch
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.
Brian Greene's An Elegant Universe.
I loved it when I read it
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.
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.
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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