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Apr 24, 2008, 11:06am Top

hey guys... mind to give some recommendation for physics, biology and chemistry books for beginners... books that discuss the theories in general

Edited: Apr 24, 2008, 9:26pm Top

The Science Book and The Evolution Book by Sara Stein might be a good place for a beginner to start.

Jun 3, 2008, 1:38pm Top

The Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along by Hoagland.

Explains life in funny cartoons, but despite this fun approach is really up-to-date and gives you an excellent quick introduction to modern biology.

If you are more into the history of life:
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Fortey

Very nice overview of the evolution of life, beautifully written.

I'm a physicist, but I guess I'm too far removed from good intro, non-textbook physics books, that I can't think of anything good there that would give you a decent comprehensive overview (although I'm sure it exists).

Jun 3, 2008, 1:57pm Top

When I was 9 or 10 I devoured Asimov's Guide to Science. It was my favorite book and I read it over and over again. It's way dated by now, although there was another one called Asimov's New Guide to Science but that's probably dated as well. What I loved about it was that it wasn't just about science, but also the history behind it. I remember reading about various people Periodic Tables of the Elements where scientists were able to find this order to the elements long before they knew what caused the order.

Maybe there's a New New version now or maybe there's another book out there that approaches science in the same way.

Jun 3, 2008, 6:58pm Top

I keep meaning to write up my review of Almost Everyone's Guide to Science by John Gribbin. Works up through the scales from the very smallest to the universe, covering physics, chemistry and biology along the way.

Jul 9, 2008, 9:41am Top

It might not be the best for an intro to science but Bill Bryson's A short history to nearly everything is increadably fun to read, he deals more with the history of ideas than with actual theory though.

Jul 23, 2008, 1:31pm Top

If you think geology would be interesting, and it does combine physics, chemistry and biology, John McPhee's Annals of the Former World is a great read. It's actually a compilation of several books about his road trip across Interstate 80 discovering the geology of North America.

Also, for biology I think most of Stephen Jay Gould's books are good, especially the ones like Bully for Brontosaurus that are compilations of essays he wrote for Natural History Magazine. Wonderful Life is also good.

Continuing the tradition of Gould's essays for Natural History, is Neil deGrasse Tyson whose Death by Black Hole is decent. It's has an astronomy/cosmology theme.

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