6 Impossible Books on Physics

Six Impossible Things: The Mystery of the Quantum World by John Gribbin


51Gj692j3oLIn this concise and engaging book, astrophysicist John Gribbin offers an overview of six of the leading interpretations of quantum mechanics. Gribbin presents the Copenhagen Interpretation, promoted by Niels Bohr and named by Heisenberg; the Pilot-Wave Interpretation, developed by Louis de Broglie; the Many Worlds Interpretation (termed “excess baggage” by Gribbin); the Decoherence Interpretation (“incoherent”); the Ensemble “Non-Interpretation”; and the Timeless Transactional Interpretation (which theorized waves going both forward and backward in time).


The World According to Physics by Jim Al-Khalili


71lU16gzcXLQuantum physicist, New York Times bestselling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili illuminates the physics of the extreme cosmic and quantum scales, the speculative frontiers of the field, and the physics that underpins our everyday experiences and technologies, bringing the reader up to speed with the biggest ideas in physics in just a few sittings. Making even the most enigmatic scientific ideas accessible and captivating, this deeply insightful book explains why physics matters to everyone.



Falling Felines & Fundamental Physics by Gregory J. Gbur


4154Cngzu5L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_The question of how falling cats land on their feet has long intrigued humans. In this playful and eye‑opening history, physicist and cat parent Gregory Gbur explores how attempts to understand the cat‑righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration. The result is an engaging tumble through physics, physiology, photography, and robotics to uncover, through scientific debate, the secret of the acrobatic performance known as cat‑turning, the cat flip, and the cat twist.


Stephen Hawking: His Science in a Nutshell by Florian Freistetter


416F5xFSsiL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_Popular Austrian science blogger and astronomer Florian Freistetter makes Hawking’s contributions accessible to everyday readers in this concise, readable book. Avoiding technicalities and jargon, Freistetter elucidates the great scientist’s fascinating work on black holes, gravitational waves, the big bang, and singularities. Concluding with an appreciation of Hawking as a science communicator and popularizer, Freistetter conveys the importance of Hawking’s scientific research in terms that nonspecialists can follow.


How to Find a Higgs Boson―and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very Small by Ivo van Vulpen


61AIjJ7m6sL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Ivo van Vulpen—a CERN particle physicist and member of the team behind the detection—invites us on a journey to the frontiers of our knowledge, answering question such as:

  • – How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world?
  • – How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe?
  • – And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what comes next?


Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Charles L. Adler 


512J7jYoq9L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Wizards, Aliens, and Starships delves into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy–such as time warps, shape changing, rocket launches, and illumination by floating candle–and shows readers the physics and math behind the phenomena. With simple mathematical models, and in most cases using no more than high school algebra, physics professor Charles Adler ranges across a plethora of remarkable imaginings, from the works of Ursula K. Le Guin to Star Trek and Avatar, to explore what might become reality.


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