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Some Recommended Titles for Light Reading
Many of these books and magazines are in the Grenfell campus library.
Biographies & Autobiographies
Life: Recollections of a Nobel Laureate, Max
Einstein - The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark
Galileo at Work, Stillman Drake
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", Richard P. Feynman
"What Do You Care What Other People Think?", Richard P. Feynman
- Feynman is perhaps the only person in the world to have
been judged both mentally incompetent by a U.S. Army psychiatrist and worthy
of a Nobel Prize by the Swedish Academy. Besides having been one of the
world's greatest physicists, he was a safe cracker, a creative artist, played
in a Brazilian samba band, and solved the riddle of the Challenger shuttle
explosion. These two books are filled with anecdotes from a fascinating life.
Neils Bohr: A Centenary Volume, Edited by A.P. French and P.J. Kennedy
Genius, James Gleick
- The biography of Richard Feynman written by a long-time
Harriet Brooks, Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham
Galileo's Daughter, Dana Sobel
- The recent best-seller about Galileo's life as revealed in
his daughter's letters
Pioneers of Science: Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, Robert Weber
Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton, Richard S. Westfall
Stars, and Nebulae, Lawrence Aller
Cosmic Dawn, Eric Chaisson
- Written in clear, non-technical terms, the book covers
cosmic evolution - the concept of inter-relatedness that traces the
transformation of simple atoms into galaxies, stars, planets, and life.
Galaxies, Timothy Ferris
- A "coffee-table book" with lots of full colour pictures and
descriptions of nearby and distant galaxies of all shapes, sizes and colours.
The History of the Universe, Stephen Hawking
Black Holes, Baby Universes, and Other Essays, Stephen Hawking
From Quarks to the Cosmos, Leon M. Lederman and David N. Schramm
- (Scientific American Library)
Watchers of the Stars, Patrick Moore
Exploring Planetary Worlds, David Morrison
- (Scientific American Library)
Stardust to Planets, Harry McSween, Jr.
Comet, Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies, Alan Sandage
- A must-see book, this is in the reference section of the
library. Although originally designed for researchers, it shows the
awe-inspiring diversity of galaxy shapes and sizes.
The Big Bang, Joseph Silk
The First Three Minutes, Steven Weinberg
The New Cosmic Onion, Frank Close
- An updated popular level explanation of new cosmological
theories, including multi-universes
Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future, Geoff Andersen
- A non-technical introduction, just in time for the 400th
anniversary of Galileo's celestial use of the telescope.
Particle Century, edited by Gordon Fraser
Fly in the Cathedral, Brian
Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
- An incredible account of early modern physics and how the
discovery of fission developed into the Manhatten Project.
The Hunting of the Quark, Michael Riordan
and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics, Martinus Veltman
- A comprehensive overview of some of the greatest
discoveries in 20th century science, from Einstein's theory of relativity to
the Higg's particle.
Edwin A. Abbott
- This science fiction classic about life in a
two-dimensional world will help you understand relativity and other concepts
of modern science better than most texts.
A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown, Edited by Robert A.
- A collection of essays of satiric science and scientific
satire. One of the great nonsense classics in science.
The Character of Physical Law, Richard Feynman
- Based on a series of popular radio talks broadcast by the
BBC, this non-technical collection is evidence for Feynman's reputation as a
30 Years That Shook Physics, George Gamow
Mr. Thompkins in Paperback, George Gamow
Science - Good, Bad, And Bogus, Martin Gardner
- Or anything else by the same author.
The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene
- A description of the development of the unified theory
Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I've Seen It, Bob
- Host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks discusses the
similarities between art and science.
Powers of Ten, Philip and Phyllis Morrison
- Based on the classic film of the same name by The Office of Charles
and Ray Eames. (Scientific American Library)
The Particle Garden, Gordon Kane
The Particle Hunters, Ne'eman & Kirsh
Perfect Symmetry, Heinz Pagels
The Cosmic Code, Heinz Pagels
From Atoms to Quarks, James Trefil
A Random Walk in Science, compiled by Robert L. Weber
More Random Walks in Science, compiled by Robert L. Weber
- Two anthologies of anecdotes and humour related to science
and intended for casual reading.
- A simply-written magazine for the beginning to intermediate
amateur astronomer, with many beautiful photographs, and loads of information
- A weekly magazine with short, topical articles and news
from the world of science. From Britain, but with a North American edition.
Special student and new subscriber rates. Great deal!
- A magazine for the scientifically-minded person who wishes
to keep informed in all branches of science
- An amateur magazine published by the Museum of Natural
History in Ottawa. Astronomy with a Canadian leaning.
- A magazine for the intermediate to advanced amateur (and
professional) astronomer, with astronomical history, how-to information on
telescopes, cameras, and software, many photographs, and stories of
international amateurs and observatories. The website can be set to give local
sun and rise/set times.