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Physics Is Cool: Three Non-Fiction Recommendations

Let’s talk science. 

I am a psychology student, and all my life I’ve been oriented towards the humanities: I study psychology, I am in love with books and literature (duh), I am a decent writer and speaker etc. And those are mostly the kind of people I encounter. And those people are usually pretty baffled by the fact that I like physics.

Recently, I brought this book (that I’ll talk about in a sec) to class, and a friend of mine was really surprised to see that it’s a book on physics. She was even a bit apprehensive about it. But I think physics awesome. I like science in general (that’s the non fiction I tend to enjoy), but physics is the one I am fascinated with the most. It’s so simple, yet so complicated and looking at the universe at the most elementary level is so special. Breaking the world down to particles makes you feel small and humble. And that’s why I enjoy physics so much.

So given the fact that people are so intimidated by physics, I thought I’d recommend you some really interesting, fun and really accessible books on the topic.


1. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

I am starting off with this one because it’s really simple and really informative. The author shares the basics of modern physics through seven brief lessons, and gives you a rundown of what we know now in less than a 100 pages. It’s simplified, sure, but it’s a great place to start. The writing is also really approachable and yet it manages to be even poetic at times. A lovely little book to get you started on the topic.

2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This is a new release from Tyson, and this book again covers the basics of physics and explains the so far accumulated knowledge on the universe itself. Tyson is a great speaker and he is really famous for making physics popular, so I think this would be great to consume even in the form of an audiobook. A bit more in depth version of the first recommendation, but still great.

3. Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

Probably my favorite of the three and the most fun of them all. Kaku explores the concepts of SciFi (time travel, multiple dimensions, teleportation etc.) in terms of modern physics. He discusses how would those things have to work so they match the laws of our universe or how things would have to change in order to be possible. Or not change. Some of these things are on the edge between possible and impossible. This is a SciFi heaven basically and it’s so much fun and a great way to connect science with pop culture and make it easy and interesting.

So those are my recommendations for you! Let me know if any of these spark your interest and be sure to leave some recommendations if you have them.



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3 thoughts on “Physics Is Cool: Three Non-Fiction Recommendations

  1. I really enjoyed this post, thank you! DeGrasse Tyson doesn’t seem to be as high profile in the UK, but I’ve heard great things about his books. I’ll probably pick the final book up for myself, sounds really interesting and something I could lend to my fellow Trekkie friends!

    I don’t read many science books – I recently bought “The Gene”, which I’m really excited to read but also a bit worried it might all go over my head!

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    1. Thank you so much, I am really glad you liked it! And the last book is perfect for Star Trek fans, so I hope you enjoy it!
      I wouldn’t worry about The Gene going over your head. It’s really not complicated and it’s more of a history of the gene and the background of its research than a science heavy book! 😊


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