Physics is one of the most fascinating subjects, yet very few people have ever thought about it all. This is too bad, because if we are beings who value knowledge, we often miss it. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as all sorts of great books and documentaries are available.
For example, one book is really worth reading if you can spare a month to soak it all in. It’s a book I own, and I’ve read many chapters in it. It’s a great reference book on the subject, too. Book name
“The Global Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics” Edited by Timothy Harris, published by Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY (1989), 859 pages, ISBN: 0-318-07136-6.
In this comprehensive work you will learn all about time and space. Info on thermodynamics, mass, gravity, relativity, black holes, and our basic understanding of everything, but remember this book was published in 1989, so very little has happened since then. The first chapter is one of the best, and it discusses atoms and quarks, electron position prediction, and basic quantum theory, which we seem to know a lot about today. There are articles on unified theories, uncertainty principles, and Albert Einstein’s most famous equation; E = MC squared.
Well, this is the first section, and in the second section there are chapters on our sun, the structure of our universe, how it all began, and how we expect it to end one day, after we are gone. There are chapters by Stephen Hawking, Richard Mueller, Carl Sagan, and many other notables. Everything about comets, supernovae, our galaxy, and all the religious types out there, haven’t forgotten you, and in the spirit of inclusivity, there’s a sub-chapter on “Biblical Creationism” too.
Sections three and four contain chapters on the mathematics of the universe, and deal with extremely large numbers, artificial intelligence, the mathematics of the unknown, and the limitations of mathematics known in the field, at least for now. The fourth section is about the men and scientists behind the theories we now use, and how they came to be, in addition to a chapter entitled; Women in Science – once again in the spirit of inclusion and kudos for their accomplishments.
The book is really great as there are many science poems included along with “Philosophy of Science” as well. This book will open your mind to a whole new dimension of learning and intrigue in our world. This is perhaps its primary focus, to get the reader interested in the science and physics of all that is known, and all that is yet to be discovered. In fact, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves physics and science.