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GENERAL LEVEL



Warped Passages : Unraveling
the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. Lisa Randall
The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive
as any idea can be. Indeed, although Harvard physicist Randall does
a very nice job of explaining – often deftly through the use
of creative analogies – how our universe may have many unseen
dimensions, readers' heads are likely to be swimming by the end of
the book. Randall works hard to make her astoundingly complex material
understandable... Publishers Weekly 

Gravity's Arc : The Story
of Gravity from Aristotle to Einstein and Beyond. David Darling
"From Aristotle to Einstein and beyond, Gravity's Arc
is a lucid and beautifully written exposition of the still mysterious
force that holds our universe together – and the even more mysterious
dark twin that may blow it apart." Joshua Gilder, author of
Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind
One of History's Greatest Scientific Discoveries 

The Great Beyond : Higher
Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a
Theory of Everything. Paul Halpern
Halpern explains that over the past century gravity has been the shadow
flickering on the walls of the cave hinting at other realms. Why is
it so weak compared with electromagnetism? With string theory, and
its successor, Mtheory, physicists speculate that gravity "leaks"
back and forth between our reality, an 11dimensional "brane" (or
membrane) and other branes, perhaps as close as a millimeter away.
Publishers Weekly 

The Fabric of the Cosmos:
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Brian Greene
[Greene's] driving question in The Fabric of the Cosmos ... is fundamental:
"What is reality?" Over sixteen chapters, he traces the evolving human
understanding of the substrate of the universe, from classical physics
to tendimensional MTheory. Amazon.com 

Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert
Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time.
Michio Kaku
There are many Einstein biographies out there, and I've read a number
of them. In my opinion, this is one of the most concise and readable
ones. The writing is clear and engaging, thus making the book difficult
to put down. Einstein's theories are clearly explained for anyone
to understand, amidst the main highlights of his life and times. I
recommend this book to a wide audience, from science buffs to Einstein
fans... Amazon reader review 

Black Holes and Time Warps:
Einstein's Outrageous Legacy. Kip Thorne
Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at CalTech, here
offers an accessible, deftly illustrated history of curved spacetime.
Covering developments from Einstein to Hawking, he takes his readers
to the very edge of theoretical physics: straight through wormholes
– and maybe back again – past hyperspace, "hairless" wormholes
and quantum foam to the leading questions that drive quantum physics.
Publishers Weekly 

Relativity Visualized.
Lewis Epstein
Epstein is the best teacher of this difficult subject you will ever
encounter. His book breaks new ground in relating space, time, and
mass in a geometrical way that is –
at last – simple to visualize. Albert Einstein's own
book on relativity, though a model of clarity, does not provide this
allimportant geometric model of four dimensional space/time. Epstein
has understood everything that is difficult for us about relativity
at a gut level, and thoroughly demystifies it, without ever making
the kind of deep conceptual errors to which authors of "popular"
books on physics are apt to be prone. Amazon reader review

ACADEMIC



Spacetime Physics: Introduction
to Special Relativity. Edwin Taylor & John Wheeler
I used this book to begin my mathematical study of Relativity (and
am now working my way through the author's next book, Exploring Black
Holes). This book is an excellent introduction into the field from
a mathematical perspective, with an excellent presentation, interesting
problem sets, and solutions for the odd numbered problems in the back
(which is great for learning on your own). The prose is highly readable,
and uses very accessible terminology to help the reader understand
"what is really going on." Amazon reader review 

Exploring Black Holes: Introduction
to General Relativity. Edwin Taylor & John Wheeler
Taylor (MIT) and Wheeler (Princeton) use metrics rather than Einstein's
field equations to introduce students with modest mathematics backgrounds
(elementary calculus and algebra) to concepts of relativity. Focusing
always on encouraging curiosity (the inside cover contains a long
list of questions such as "what does it feel like to fall toward a
black hole"), the authors provide tools for answering questions and
carrying out calculations about curved spacetime near Earth and black
holes. Book News 
