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Appropriate Degree of Difficulty

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message 1: by HT (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:15AM) (new)

HT Goodwill | 1 comments I may be in the wrong group. I jumped in based on the description which included 'fans' of physics. I'm not a physicist, but rather a math teacher (not even a mathematician).

I enjoy reading books about physics (Elegant Universe, The End of Physics are two recent reads) and am just now beginning to be dissatisfied with the books for laymen.

I had hoped to be led to other good introductory reads from others in this group. But, if everyone else is reading high-brow, heavy-duty, need your PhD kind of stuff, perhaps I'll wander off to another group.

Your perspectives on this matter are greatly appreciated!


message 2: by Dr M (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

Dr M | 2 comments Sounds like the right group to me, though I just joined. I happen to be a theoretical physicist though, so I guess part of my job is to try to answer questions such as this.

However, your question is not all that easy to answer, for two reasons: 1. Really good introductory books are few and far between, amazing as that may seem. Most books require a fair bit of background knowledge and some work to get through. 2. Beyond high-school level, author don't write books on "physics" anymore, but books on "Classical mechanics", "Atomic physics", "Solid state physics" or any other subtopic of physics. What we would need to know is what physics you want to read about.

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