Thursday, December 17, 2015

To Read: 10 Physics Books Of 2015

Scientific Theories


Books On Your Shelf
Image Credit: Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Ana Kova
Source: Symmetry
Many physics books published today for the public try to explain concepts that are hard to understand, even for scientists; these include dark matter, black holes and much that takes place in the world of quantum physics. The world of tiny subatomic particles, theoretical physicists point out, influence the large domains of solar systems, galaxies and parallel universes.

This makes for fun reading and advances (or pushes) the mind to previously unexplored areas, often engendering bouts of speculation, and often bringing to mind stories for science fiction and science fantasy. These in turn sometimes turn to real engineering applications. The history of science informs us that what we know today changes in the future, and all the more so with the laws of physics.

It is, after all, 100 years ago (on November 25, 1915) that Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity was presented to the Prussian Academy of Science, in what are now known as the Einstein field equations. [see paper here]. It had an immediate effect, and it changed our view, our understanding, our knowledge, if you will, of the universe .

Mike Perricone for Symmetry writes: “This collection of 10 recently published books will keep you up-to-date on the new and the historical in particle physics and astrophysics. Covering topics from dark matter to spooky action at a distance to the still-lamented Superconducting Super Collider, they’re all worthy additions to a popular science bookshelf.”

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For more, including a list of the books, go to [Symmetry]