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Biological Physics: Energy,...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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The Coinage of Ireland in C...
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Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar
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Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar
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Succinct, focused on essentials

There are a lot of books stuffed with eye candy, boxed topics allegedly demonstrating relevance to things supposedly interesting to students, and so on--everything except the main things. This book focuses rigorously on
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Sync by Steven H. Strogatz
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Riveting. Strogatz manages the astonishing feat of giving both the expert and the novice reader what they need to advance their understanding, feel the excitement of the field, and grasp why these insights could affect their world.
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Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven H. Strogatz
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A life-changing experience for me.
Here is the subject elegantly pared down to just what a student absolutely needs to know, with Strogatz's trademark elegance and wit. The book is a springboard to many field of science, showing how insights in one fi
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Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology by Brian P. Ingalls
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I have read a lot of books on this subject, and this is the one I'd most recommend. I know no other book with such a wealth of important applications, so clearly and elegantly explained. This book brings the reader right up to the level of current re ...more
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Natural Obsessions by Natalie Angier
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Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
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What Is Relativity? by Jeffrey Bennett
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The book is full of tiny nuances that delighted this practicing physicist/teacher. So many irritating but standard aspects of others' attempts are quietly and elegantly corrected in Bennett's book. And I kept finding great new gems:
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Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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More of Philip's books…
“At the dawn of the twentieth century, it was already clear that, chemically speaking, you and I are not much different from cans of soup. And yet we can do many complex and even fun things we do not usually see cans of soup doing.”
Philip Nelson, Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life

“As an anonymous wit is supposed to have put it: "Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas which, given enough time, changes into people.”
David Christian, Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History

“In Leipzig [in the 14th century], the university found it necessary to promulgate a rule against throwing stones at the professors. As late as 1495, a German statute explicitly forbade anyone associated with the university from drenching freshmen with urine.”
Leonard Mlodinow, Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

“You cannot say, "I will look it up." Your birthday and social security number are things you look up; trigonometric functions and identities are what you know all the time.”
R. Shankar, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics

“I find imaginary numbers useful when computing my tax deductions.”
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