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Approachable Physics Books To Support Your Self Study

Physics doesn’t have to be left to the so called geniuses. These easy physics books give us a piece of the physics pie!

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Physics is one of those subjects that becomes fascinating once you understand its basic concepts. But we’ll give you a warning – once your interest is sparked, it’s difficult to keep it down.
These books make learning abstract concepts in physics much easier, with great diagrams, easy to read text and exercises that are meaningful and promote learning.
We really recommend them if you’re wanting to reignite that physics flame, or if you need some help with your kid’s homework. Pick a book up and geek out!

#1 Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer

Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer
While at play with his dog, Newton, a young boy discovers the laws of force and motion in his everyday activities. Told in rhyme, Lynne Mayer’s Newton and Me follows these best friends on an adventure as they apply physics to throwing a ball, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and much more. They will realize that Newton’s Laws of Motion describe experiences they have every day, and they will recognize how forces affect the objects around them.

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#2 Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman

Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
One of the most famous physics professors was Richard Feynman who was able to introduce some of the most complex concepts in a very simple way. He taught at the California Institute of Technology for 3 years and this book represents the best parts of his lectures. The book talks about basic elements in physics such as the atom, gravity, force, quantum physics and many more.

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#3 Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn

Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn
This is one of the best books for learning the absolute basics of physics. This is particularly good if you are into self-teaching. This is like a guide on how to teach you physics, it’s an amazing book to put yourself into, like a journey through physics history.

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#4 The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set by Richard P. Feynman

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set by Richard P. Feynman
Feynman is one of the most renown physics in history. Here you have the complete lectures he did ranging from basic information to his work on quantum physics, a little more advanced but you need to understand everything from the very beginning to fully grasp everything.

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#5 Physics I For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Steven Holzner

Physics I For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Steven Holzner
For dummies book have a bad rep but this one is pretty good for learning the very basics of physics, physics is not only formulas, but it’s also something that you need to truly understand how to use it fully, I strongly recommend this book if you have never seen a single physics class in your life.

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#6 What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter

What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter
Find science hard? Not sure what to believe with different headlines all the time? This book will inform you of the science behind current issues such as the environment and alternative medicine, without any maths or scientific equations!

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#7 Worlds Of Motion by Isaac Williams

Worlds Of Motion by Isaac Williams
Modern physics is one of the most exciting subjects studied by humanity, but popular books on the subject usually either over-simplify their content or assume prior knowledge of mathematical theory. Worlds of Motion attempts to cross this bridge by tackling the mathematics in an accessible way, introducing each equation step-by-step and justifying why it is necessary. The book begins with an extended discussion of classical mechanics and then moves on to relativity theory and quantum mechanics, covering all the main principles of modern physics.

It covers a huge range of topics in physics, astronomy and pure mathematics to give the reader a greater understanding of the universe. In particular, we treat mathematics as something which is intrinsically exciting in itself and not something to be feared. The book includes entertaining treatments of symmetry groups and topology based in popular culture.

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#8 Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World by Andrew G. Paterson

Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World by Andrew G. Paterson
Over eight hundred great minds are introduced in Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World. Metal-works, medicine, astronomy, surgery, architecture, machinery, transportation, geology and mathematics; among many others, those are only a select handful of fields explored in this collection of brief accounts of life-altering Scottish accomplishments. From 1453 to present day, countless inventions and discoveries are presented in a chronological order.

With the criteria of Scottish nationality, Andrew G. Paterson showcases the intelligent and creative endeavours of Scots with many motivations. Hailing from war-times and in peace, through the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, and located in all corners of the world, Scottish men and women gifted the world with time-changing and original contraptions, devices, procedures and theorems.

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#9 Gravity for the Not So Gifted by Anthony Fakineos

Gravity for the Not So Gifted by Anthony Fakineos
Can someone who has no mathematical background understand gravity? I don’t think so. What about someone who has studied maths at high school level only? They can handle Special Relativity with the level of maths they already have, but when it comes to General Relativity, it isn’t enough.

Either learn about tensors, or give up. A third option is offered in this book, which deals with gravity using Special Relativity only. This requires an unusual approach, and I would be surprised if the developmental procedures used in Parts 2, 3 and 4 can be found elsewhere. There is a remark attributed to the physicist Richard Feynman which made an impression on me when I first came across it many years ago.

No exact quote is available, but the essence of what he said is this: If you can’t find a way to explain something without resorting to technical terms or concepts unfamiliar to the person you are explaining it to, then you don’t really understand it yourself.. The challenge was to deal with this topic, bearing in mind the targeted reader, in a way that remains faithful to this view. So I sincerely hope that after reading this book, you understand something about gravity. Because if you still don’t get it, then I probably don’t get it.

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#10 Consciousness Redefined by Marcin Modesto

Consciousness Redefined by Marcin Modesto
Is extrasensory perception fictitious or can it be more real than we can even imagine? This question is being asked not only by the public, but also by scientists. Recent breakthroughs in quantum physics and neuroscience might finally provide the answer. Only when we put all the pieces together can we uncover the biggest mystery of our nature: the human consciousness. Marcin Modesto is an independent researcher in studies about consciousness and expansion of human mental capabilities.

Although Marcin has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and he currently works as a Network Engineer, he has a strong interest in parapsychology, physics, neuroscience, philosophy and spirituality. His mission is to blur the boundaries that separate faith and science and he is striving to create a unified theory of everything, which does not have only implications in science but also in the life of every person.

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Contributors to this article
Heather Williams from Arbordale Publishing

Nikola Djurkovic from PolicyAdvice

Alberto Navarrete from Frisco Maids

Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers

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