1. Green Boots Cave
    Joined
    02 Dec '08
    Moves
    16594
    13 Sep '15 12:47
    Can anyone recommend a modern popular science book suitable for a beginer?
    I am thinking of a book on the level of ‘Asimov’s Guide to Science’ but more up to date.
  2. Standard memberptobler
    Patzer
    Canberra
    Joined
    16 Oct '06
    Moves
    10095
    27 Sep '15 22:10
    Could try reading New Scientist & Scientific American -
  3. Subscribersonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    slatington, pa, usa
    Joined
    28 Dec '04
    Moves
    52619
    28 Sep '15 12:112 edits
    Originally posted by ptobler
    Could try reading New Scientist & Scientific American -
    They don't help with the fundamentals, great magazines but not for beginners. I know you don't need a lot of science to read them but there are too many subjects talked about, not focused on basic science.

    Here is a link for physics, several answers with different books, like the Feynman lectures for freshmen physics and such;

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/a-good-book-for-basic-physics-for-a-beginner.517281/

    For other sciences, here is a list of what they consider the 100 best science books:

    http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/100-all-time-greatest-popular-science-books/
  4. Joined
    15 Oct '10
    Moves
    82740
    29 Sep '15 00:30
    Life at the Edge
    A primer in quantum biology
  5. Standard memberDeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    Cosmopolis
    Joined
    27 Oct '04
    Moves
    78625
    29 Sep '15 03:54
    The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg was written in 1977 and so not up to date, but nevertheless gives a good idea of the issues in Particle Physics and Cosmology and is totally comprehensible to layfolk.
  6. Green Boots Cave
    Joined
    02 Dec '08
    Moves
    16594
    03 Oct '15 14:18
    Thank you all for the suggestions.
    The book was intended for a birthday gift -28 Sept - so I had already bought a book before your replies.
    I managed to find Asimovs book second hand in German translation and bought that.Although it is probably not the best book it is easy to read for a 'layman'.And the one that got me interested all those years ago.
Back to Top