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Flatland, Gilmore guides us through the principles of Quantum mechanics in a truly lively and fun way


The Cartoon Guide to Physics. By Larry Gonick. (Harper, 224 pp, reprint) GFBR ****. Teen-adult. “If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit-card bill--if you imagine that Ohm's law dictates how long to meditate--if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car, here's the book for you.”


The Making of the Atomic Bomb. By Richard Rhodes. (Simon & Schuster, 889 pp, 1986) HS-Adult. “If the first 270 pages of this book had been published separately, they would have made up a lively, insightful, beautifully written history of theoretical physics and the men and women who plumbed the mysteries of the atom. Along with the following 600 pages, they become a sweeping epic, filled with terror and pity, of the ultimate scientific quest: the development of the ultimate weapon. Rhodes is a peerless explainer of difficult concepts; he is even better at chronicling the personalities who made the discoveries that led to the Bomb. Niels Bohr dominates the first half of the book as J. Robert Oppenheimer does the second; both men were gifted philosophers of science as well as brilliant physicists. The central irony of this book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, is that the greatest minds of the century contributed to the greatest destructive force in history.”


Mr. Tompkins. By George Gamow.  (Cambridge, 186 pp, reprint) Teen-Adult. “This classic work provides a clear explanation of the central concepts in modern physics--from atomic structure to relativity and quantum theory to fusion and fission--through the fantastic adventures of its bank clerk hero First appearing over 50 years ago, George Gamow's Mr. Tompkins became known and loved by thousands of readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. A new Foreword by Roger Penrose introduces Mr. Tompkins to a new generation of readers and reviews his adventures in light of current developments in physics.”


Powers of Ten: About the Relative Sizes of Things in the Universe. By Philip & Phylis Morrison. (Freeman, short, many editions) GFBR*****. Middle school-adult. Also the subject of a short movie. This shows how we humans fit into the physical structure of the universe, by burrowing deep into a person’s hand and going down all the way to the sub-atomic particles that make up matter; and then backing up so that we can see the park, the city, the lake, the continent, the planet, the solar system, the local group of stars, the galaxy, and more. You have to SEE the illustrations to understand it!


A Tour of The Subatomic Zoo: A Guide to Particle Physics. By Cindy Schwarz. (Springer-Verlag, 135 pp, 1996) Teen-adult. “Insights into the structure of matter from the atom down to the quark are discussed within a historical context that makes them easily accessible to readers with no physics and little math background .”



Can You Win? The Real Odds for Casino Gambling, Sports Betting, and Lotteries. By Mike Orkin. (Freeman, 181 pp, 1991) HS-Adult. f you decide to do any gambling, even a few bucks on your state lottery, consider the price of this book as your first bet. Orkin presents the real odds of most popular gambling games, at least one 'sure fire system' (yes there is such a thing, but you need deep pockets and have to be satisified with a pretty low rate of return), and the effects of the 'house edge'in an entertaining manner and with just a minimum of math.

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