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The Road to Reality

The road to reality is written by the highly acclaimed and original physicist Roger Penrose. Holder of the Emeritus Rouse Ball chair of mathematics at Oxford University, England. This book is a mammoth that can entice both professors and laymen in animating the deep mysteries of the Universe. Even if it is written to have a broad audience, it takes few shortcuts and demand concentration and dedication from the reader to be rewarding. Oxford professors are not exactly known for taking their mouths full, and when Penrose states his book as “A complete guide to the laws of the Universe,” it tells us a little about the scope of this book. Taking the reader on a mathematical journey through the times of the ancient greek to modern relativity and elementary particles, with some very beautiful hand-drawn illustrations on the way.

Praises for The road to reality:

“Science needs more people like Penrose, willing and able to point out the flaws in fashionable models from a position of authority and to signpost alternative roads to follow.”
—The Independent

“What a joy it is to read a book that doesn’t simplify, doesn’t dodge the difficult questions, and doesn’t always pretend to have answers…Penrose’s appetite is heroic, his knowledge encyclopedic, his modesty a reminder that not all physicists claim to be able to explain the world in 250 pages.”
—London Times

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Six Easy Pieces

Six easy pieces is perhaps the best introduction to physics written in the english language. All I can say is that everyone interested in Physics – that have not already read it, should.

Theoretical physics at it’s depth is notoriously hard to explain – no-one could digest and simplify everything between gravity to the conservation of energy like Richard Feynman. Still many believe him to be the greatest teacher of physics known, at the same time as being it’s greatest character. During the war he worked on the atomic bomb, and as he was still a fledgling scientist he found himself directed to do the most tedious work. Bored, Feynman found out how to crack a safe filled with top secret documents – stole them, replacing them with a note that said : Guess who?!
He loved playing the bongo-drums and he was known to spend long hours at strip-clubs while working, as well as deciphering Mayan hieroglyphs with no prior knowledge as a hobby.

In the 50’s and 60’s he and others invented a whole new way to view the subatomic world called quantum electro-dynamics – his work is in use by every theoretical physicist on the planet.

Freeman Dyson called him “the most original mind of his generation”.

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