Physics Book Reviews

Physics


2019:


De Broglie-Bohm Interpretation vs. Copenhagen: "Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics" by Nick Herbert
ΛCDM Universe: “Fear of Physics” by Lawrence M. Krauss
Homo Quantus: "The Quantum Magician" by Derek Künsken
Clifford Algebras: "The Geometry of the Octonions" by Tevian Dray, Corinne Manogue
Lightsabre vs. Lightsaber: "The Physics of Star Wars" by Patrick Johnson
Bistromaths: "The Physics of Star Trek" by Lawrence M. Krauss
Quantum Squirunnies: “How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog” by Chad Orzel
Quantum Tunneling: "The Physics of Superheroes" by James Kakalios
Strange Hypotheticals: "Quantum Physics, Mini Black Holes, and the Multiverse: Debunking Common Misconceptions in Theoretical Physics" by Bill Poirier, John Terning, Yasunori Nomura
"Foundations of Theoretical Mechanics I" by Ruggero Maria Santilli
Did Einstein Shag Marilyn Monroe: "E=mc²" by David Bodanis
Kantian Physics: "Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space" by Lisa Randall
Fooking Physics: "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot
Shor's Algorithm: "The Physics of Immortality" by Frank J. Tipler
The Omega Point: "The Physics Of Christianity" by Frank J. Tipler
Symplectic Geometry: "Axiomatic" by Greg Egan
Crazy Magic: "Beyond Weird" by by Philip Ball
Transhumanist's Wet-Dream: "Incandescence" by Greg Egan
Everettian Universe: "The Orthogonal Trilogy" by Greg Egan
Möbius Strip: "Diaspora" by Greg Egan
Tangent Space: "Schild's Ladder" by Greg Egan
Higher Order Languages: "Gödel's Proof" by Ernest Nagel, James Newman
Hausdorff Manifolds: “Distress” by Greg Egan
Eigenstates' Superposition: "Teranesia" by Greg Egan
Eigenstates: “Quarentine” by Greg Egan
Snake-oil Stuff: "Quantum Healing" by Deepak Chopra
Topology vs. Differential Geometry: "Ricci Flow and the Poincaré Conjecture" by John W. Morgan, Gang Tian
Perception and Maps: "Wholeness and the Implicate Order" by David Bohm
Epistemology vs. Ontology: "Infinite in All Directions" by Freeman Dyson
Superstitionists: "The Anthropic Cosmological Principle" by John D. Barrow, Frank J. Tipler
"A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos" by Geraint F. Lewis, Luke A. Barnes, Brian Schmidt
Incommensurability of Science: "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Thomas Kuhn
Calabi-Yau Spaces 2: "The Shape of a Life: One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry" by Shing-Tung Yau, Steve Nadis
Wave-Function Collapse: "What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge" by Marcus du Sautoy


2018



Time is in Reality's Blurring: "The Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli
N-Dimensional Topology: "Cosmosapiens" by John Hands
Closed Time-like Curves: “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking
Fuck-Spaces: “A Philosophical Approach to Quantum Field Theory” by Hans Christian Öttinger
Refuting Simpletons is Easy: “Why Science Does not Disprove God” by Amir Aczel
∆×∆p×≥h/4π: “Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe” by Roger Penrose
Turbocharged minds: “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern
Gravity Curves Space-time. That’s It: "On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject" by Anthony Zee
Sock Theory vs. String Theory: "When Einstein Walked with Gödel - Excursions to the Edge of Thought" by Jim Holt
Implausifiability in Physics: “Lost in Math - How Beauty Leads Physics Astray” by Sabine Hossenfelder
The Stars Look Different Today: “The Somnambulist's Dreams” by Lars Jerlach
dAction/dx = d/dt(dLagrangian/dv)-dLagrangian/dx = 0: “The Theoretical Minimum - What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics” by Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky
Shut the Fuck Up and Calculate (Or Not): "The Nature of Space and Time" by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
Lagrangean Systems: "Levels of Infinity - Selected Writings on Mathematics and Philosophy" by Hermann Weyl, Peter Pesic
Dumbed-Down-Science Squared: "String Theory for Dummies" by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Follow-up on ∂S/∂t + H = 0: "Reality Is Not What It Seems" by Carlo Rovelli
Superstrings vs. The Brain: "Incognito - The Secret Lives of the Brain" by David Eagleman
Eigen-stuff Applied to Buridan's Ass: “Dichronauts” by Greg Egan
Stephen Hawking, 1942 - 2018
Homemade and Fermented Hot-Sauce: Habaneros and Bird's Eye's Chiles
Don't Panic! Arthur Dent Will Travel: "Space Heavy" by SpaceX, Elon Musk


2017:


Reiterated Popperian Non-Fiction: "Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow" by Yuval Noah Harari
Entangled Strings: "Theories of Everything" by Frank Close
Shitty Philosophy and Physics : “Time Reborn - From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe” by Lee Smolin
All Much Ado about Nothing: “The Trouble with Physics” by Lee Smolin
Coruscating Beams of Force: "Exploring Science Through Science Fiction" by Barry B. Luokkala


2016:


Soft Hair on Black Holes – Supertranslations: “Black Holes – The Reith Lectures” by Stephen Hawking


2015:



Bergsonism: "Life Lessons From Bergson" by Michael Foley
Theatre and Physics: "Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn


2014:


Raw Feynmanese: "Feynman Tips on Physics" by  Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Michael A. Gottlieb
Rampant Geekery: "What If - Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" by Randall Munroe
"The God's Particle: A Palette of Particles" by Jeremy Bernstein
"What is Relativity?" or "How Modern Physics showed that Black Holes Don't Suck" by Jeffrey Bennett"
"Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality" by Majit Kumar


2011:




2010:


Epidemic of Vanity: "The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow


2009:


Ho=c/R=c/cT=1/T: "Before the Big Bang - The Prehistory of Our Universe" by Brian Clegg


2008:


Unglücklich das Land, das Helden nötig hat: "Das Leben des Galilei" by Bertold Brecht


2006:


B+SB+B+HPπ = Heaven: "Not Even Wrong" by Peter Woit
Trust the Science: "The End of Nature" by Bill McKibben
Fallacious Reasoning: "The God Delusion" By Richard Dawkins


2005:





2004:


Going Overboard: "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene


2003:



2000:


My Cat Ilsa Went to Heaven: "Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe" by Martin Rees


1993:


Shakespeare vs Thermodynamics: "The Cultural Divide" by C. P. Snow


1992:


Infinity is -1/12: "Dreams of a Final Theory" by Steven Weinberg


1991:


Physics and Computer Science for Laymen: "The Emperor's New Mind" by Roger Penrose



1988:


Nietzsche’s Metaphor: "The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications" by David Deutsch


1987:


On Horse-Flies: "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking



1980:


Flexible Belts: "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan

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