Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Physics. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide, 3rd Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

Learn physics at your own pace without an instructor   Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide , 3rd Edition  is the most practical and reader-friendly guide to understanding all basic physics concepts and terms. The expert authors take a flexible and interactive approach to physics based on new research-based methods about how people most effectively comprehend new material. The book takes complex concepts and breaks them down into practical, easy to digest terms.   Subject matter covered includes:  Newton’s Laws  Energy  Electricity  Magnetism  Light  Sound  And more  There are also sections explaining the math behind each concept for those who would like further explanation and understanding. Each chapter features a list of objectives so that students know what they should be learning from each chapter, test questions, and exercises that inspire deeper learning about physics.   High school students, college students, and those re-learning physics alike will greatly enhance their physics education with the help of this one-of-a-kind guide. The third edition of this book reflects and implements new, research-based methods regarding how people best learn new material. As a result, it contains a flexible and interactive approach to learning physics.

  • Author: Karl F. Kuhn
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3rd edition (September 16, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1119629900
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 8.9 inches


2. Conceptual Physics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringPhysics does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MasteringPhysics search for 0321908600 / 9780321908605. That package includes ISBN-10: 0321909100 / 9780321909107 and ISBN-10:032190978X / 9780321909787. MasteringPhysicsis not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Conceptual Physics with MasteringPhysics ® , Twelfth Edition Paul Hewitt integrates a compelling text and the most advanced media to make physics interesting, understandable, and relevant for non-science majors. The Twelfth Edition will delight you with informative and fun Hewitt-Drew-It screencasts, updated content, applications, and new learning activities in MasteringPhysics.   Hewitt’s text is guided by the principle of "concepts before calculations" is famous for engaging students with analogies and imagery from the real-world that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics.   This program presents a better teaching and learning experience–for you. Personalize learning with MasteringPhysics: MasteringPhysics provides you with engaging experiences that coach you through physics with specific wrong-answer feedback, hints, and a huge variety of educationally effective content. Prepare for lecture: NEW! 100 Hewitt-Drew-It screencasts, authored and narrated by Paul Hewitt, explain physics concepts through animation and narration. The exciting new Screencasts, accessed through QR codes in the textbook, will enable you to engage with the physics concepts more actively outside of class. Make physics delightful: Relevant and accessible narrative, analogies from real-world situations, and simple representations of the underlying mathematical relationships make physics more appealing. Build a strong conceptual understanding of physics: You will gain a solid understanding of physics through practice and problem solving in the book and in MasteringPhysics.

  • Author: Paul Hewitt
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12th edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Science & Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-0321909107
  • Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches


3. Introduction to Electrodynamics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

This well-known undergraduate electrodynamics textbook is now available in a more affordable printing from Cambridge University Press. The Fourth Edition provides a rigorous, yet clear and accessible treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory and offers a sound platform for explorations of related applications (AC circuits, antennas, transmission lines, plasmas, optics and more). Written keeping in mind the conceptual hurdles typically faced by undergraduate students, this textbook illustrates the theoretical steps with well-chosen examples and careful illustrations. It balances text and equations, allowing the physics to shine through without compromising the rigour of the math, and includes numerous problems, varying from straightforward to elaborate, so that students can be assigned some problems to build their confidence and others to stretch their minds.

  • Author: David J. Griffiths
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4th edition (July 12, 2017)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Physics
  • ISBN: 978-1108420419
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches


4. Foundations of Modern Physics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

In addition to his ground-breaking research, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg is known for a series of highly praised texts on various aspects of physics, combining exceptional physical insight with his gift for clear exposition. Describing the foundations of modern physics in their historical context and with some new derivations, Weinberg introduces topics ranging from early applications of atomic theory through thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, transport theory, special relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and quantum field theory. This volume provides the basis for advanced undergraduate and graduate physics courses as well as being a handy introduction to aspects of modern physics for working scientists.

  • Author: Steven Weinberg
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (August 31, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Science & Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1108841764


5. Physics I For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyle))

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

The fun and easy way to get up to speed on the basic concepts of physics For high school and undergraduate students alike, physics classes are recommended or required courses for a wide variety of majors, and continue to be a challenging and often confusing course. Physics I For Dummies tracks specifically to an introductory course and, keeping with the traditionally easy-to-follow Dummies style, teaches you the basic principles and formulas in a clear and concise manner, proving that you don't have to be Einstein to understand physics! Explains the basic principles in a simple, clear, and entertaining fashion New edition includes updated examples and explanations, as well as the newest discoveries in the field Contains the newest teaching techniques If just thinking about the laws of physics makes your head spin, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you out of the black hole and sheds light on this often-intimidating subject.

  • Author: Steven Holzner
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1119293590
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches


6. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose. For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back--or give way under--thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world--from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes such chapters as "How to Design a Worm" and "The Advantage of Being a Beam," offering humorous insights in human and natural creation. Architects and engineers will appreciate the clear and cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression. If you're building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts--or flying buttresses. Without jargon or oversimplification, Structures opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

  • Author: J. E. Gordon
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0306812835
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches


7. Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition) - Standalone book

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

NOTE: This book DOES NOT include an Access Code Elegant, engaging, exacting, and concise, Giancoli’s Physics: Principles with Applications , Seventh Edition, helps you view the world through eyes that know physics.   Giancoli’s text is a trusted classic, known for its elegant writing, clear presentation, and quality of content. Using concrete observations and experiences you can relate to, the text features an approach that reflects how science is actually practiced: it starts with the specifics, then moves to the great generalizations and the more formal aspects of a topic to show you why we believe what we believe.   Written with the goal of giving you a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of physics in all its aspects, the text uses interesting applications to biology, medicine, architecture, and digital technology to show you how useful physics is to your everyday life and in your future profession.

  • Author: Douglas Giancoli
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7th edition (June 6, 2013)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Physics
  • ISBN: 978-0321625922
  • Dimensions: 8.85 x 1.65 x 11.15 inches


8. Princeton Review AP Physics 1 Premium Prep, 2022: 5 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques (2022) (College Test Preparation)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

PREMIUM PRACTICE FOR A PERFECT 5! Ace the AP Physics 1 Exam with this Premium version of The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide. Includes 5 full-length practice exams, plus thorough content reviews, targeted test strategies, and access to online extras. Techniques That Actually Work. • Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the test • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically • Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score. • Fully aligned with the latest College Board standards for AP® Physics 1 • Comprehensive coverage of kinematics, dynamics, Newton's laws, work, energy, rotational motion, electrostatics, DC circuits, mechanical waves, sound, and more • Tons of charts and figures to illustrate concepts • Access to study plans, a handy list of formulas, helpful pre-college information, and more via your online Student Tools Premium Practice for AP Excellence. • 5 full-length practice tests (4 in the book, 1 online) with detailed answer explanations • Practice drills at the end of each content review chapter • Step-by-step walk-throughs of sample questions

  • Author: The Princeton Review
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (August 3, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Science & Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-0525570691
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 1.08 x 10.8 inches


9. Relativity: The Special and General Theory (Dover Books on Physics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

From the age of Galileo until the early years of the 20th century, scientists grappled with seemingly insurmountable paradoxes inherent in the theories of classical physics. With the publication of Albert Einstein's "special" and "general" theories of relativity, however, traditional approaches to solving the riddles of space and time crumbled. In their place stood a radically new view of the physical world, providing answers to many of the unsolved mysteries of pre-Einsteinian physics. Acclaimed as the pinnacle of scientific philosophy, the theories of relativity tend to be regarded as the exclusive domain of highly trained scientific minds. The great physicist himself disclaimed this exclusionary view, and in this book, he explains both theories in their simplest and most intelligible form for the layman not versed in the mathematical foundations of theoretical physics. In addition to the theories themselves, this book contains a final part presenting fascinating considerations on the universe as a whole. Appendices cover the simple derivation of the Lorentz transformation, Minkowski's four-dimensional space, and the experimental confirmation of the general theory of relativity. Students, teachers, and other scientifically minded readers will appreciate this inexpensive and accessible interpretation of one of the world's greatest intellectual accomplishments.

  • Author: Albert Einstein
  • Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science


10. Must Know High School Physics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics - August 2021

A UNIQUE NEW APPROACH THAT’S LIKE A LIGHTNING BOLT TO THE BRAIN You know that moment when you feel as though a lightning bolt has hit you because you finally get something? That’s how this book will make you react. ( We hope!) Each chapter makes sure that what you really need to know is clear right off the bat and sees to it that you build on this knowledge. Where other books ask you to memorize stuff, we’re going to show you the must know ideas that will guide you toward success in physics. You will start each chapter learning what the must know ideas behind a physics subject are, and these concepts will help you solve the physics problems that you find in your classwork and on exams. Dive into this book and find: • 250+ practice questions that mirror what you will find in your classwork and on exams • A bonus app with 100+ flashcards that will reinforce what you’ve learned • Extensive examples that drive home essential concepts • An easy-access setup that allows you to jump in and out of subjects • Physics topics aligned to national and state education standards • Special help for more challenging physics subjects, including electromagnetism, projectile motion, and energy transfer. We’re confident that the must know ideas in this book will have you up and solving physics problems in no time―or at least in a reasonable amount of time!

  • Author: Christopher Bruhn
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (January 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1260454314
  • Dimensions: 9.13 x 7.32 x 1.1 inches