Top 10 Physics Books To Read Before You Graduate

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2019)

Physics Books – Introduction

In 2019 everyone wants to understand what is going on around the universe. 2019 is a very remarkable year for Physics, The First Image of Black Hole just came out. 50 years complete of Apollo 11.  ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) launch Chandrayaan – 2 which is going to examine the south pole of Moon.

All of this happening and You have a curiosity to know everything, But You Did Not Have a Mathematical Background to Understand it. Then don’t worry I am gonna give you 10 most remarkable books of all time which helps you to Understand Most of the Interesting things about Physics. If you don’t have any mathematical background Then Don’t worry read books which are listed below and it will improve your knowledge in all fields of Physics.

1. A Brief History of Time By Stephen Hawking

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A Brief History of Time is the first book I wanna recommend to you guys. It is the first non-mathematical book written by professor hawking. It was an International Best Seller in the Year 1988.

A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes’ poses some interesting and unanswered questions, like if there had been any beginning of time or if time can run backward or if there is any boundary to the universe itself. Stephen Hawking, the great scientist, and theoretical physicist tries to answer it all by drawing theories of the entire cosmos from Albert Einstein to Newton. In doing so, he also sheds considerable light on the dark secrets that still reside at the heart of time and space.

This book takes the readers on a journey into the depth of cosmos right from the big bang theory, through the nature of forces and the world of string theory in physics, to the different forces that constitute the universe itself, summed up as the theory of everything.

Although a seemingly huge subject, Hawking tickles the mind of the inquisitive readers through his simple yet eloquent language of physics and mathematics and has even the non-scientific reader get attracted to the enormous universe and working of the cosmos.

By drawing analogies of Copernicus, Sagan, Kepler, and Einstein, among others, who unfurled the science of universe to the common people, Stephen Hawking has yet managed to bring important topics wormholes and black holes into the discussion of common people.


2. Relativity – The Special And The General Theory By Albert Einstein

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Relativity, The Special and General Theory is a simple and easy to read version of Einstein’s scientific paragon theory, written by the genius himself. In the preface Albert Einstein (1879-1955) himself writes that this book is intended “to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” Back in 1916 when he first wrote it, Einstein’s name had not yet become the household name that it is today.

Born in 1879 to German-Jewish parents Einstein developed this theory first as a short paper, eventually publishing it as a book with the appendix being added by Einstein at the time of the fifteenth re-printing of this book.

The General Theory of Relativity provided a fresh look at the theory of gravity and promised a new perspective on the universe creating a book that simplifies one of the most celebrated scientific theories of all time and that gives insight into one of the most beautiful minds of the 20th century.


3. The Theory of Everything By Stephen Hawking


Seven lectures by the brilliant theoretical physicist have been compiled into this book to try to explain to the common man, the complex problems of mathematics and the question that has been gripped everyone all for centuries, the theory of existence.

Undeniably intelligent, witty and childlike in his explanations, the narrator describes every detail about the beginning of the universe. He describes what a theory that can state the initiation of everything would encompass.

Ideologies about the universe by Aristotle, Augustine, Hubble, Newton, and Einstein have all been briefly introduced to the reader. Black holes and Big Bang has been explained in an unsophisticated manner for anyone to understand.

All these events and individual theories may be strung together to create a theory of the origin of everything and the author strongly believes that the origin might not necessarily be from a singular event. He advocates the idea of a multi-dimensional origin with a no-boundary condition to remain true to the theories of modern physics and quantum physics.

The book provides a clear view of the world through Stephen’s mind where he respectfully dismisses the belief that the Universe conforms by a supernatural and all-powerful entity.


4. Cosmos – The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science And Civilization By Carl Sagan


* Spacecraft missions to nearby planets
* The Library of ancient Alexandria
* The human brain
* Egyptian hieroglyphics
* The origin of life
* The death of the sun
* The evolution of galaxies
* The origins of matter, suns, and worlds

The story of fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution transforming matter and life into consciousness, of how science and civilization grew up together, and of the forces and individuals who helped shape modern science. A story told with Carl Sagan’s remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting.


5. Astrophysics For People In A Hurry By Neil Degrasse Tyson


What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.


6. Hyperspace By Michio Kaku


The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for.


7. Death By Black Hole by Neil Degrasse Tyson


Loyal readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson’s favorite essays, Death by Black Hole explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America’s best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.


8. Beyond Einstein By Michio Kaku


Beyond Einstein takes readers on an exciting excursion into the discoveries that have led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics today — superstring theory. What is the superstring theory and why is it important? This revolutionary breakthrough may well be the fulfillment of  Albert Einstein’s lifelong dream of a Theory of Everything, uniting the laws of physics into a single description explaining all the known forces in the universe. Co-authored by one of the leading pioneers in superstrings, Michio Kaku, the book approaches scientific questions with the excitement of a detective story, offering a fascinating look at the new science that may make the impossible possible.


9. Forces of Nature By Brian Cox


A breath-taking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.‘What is motion?’‘Why is every snowflake different?’‘Why is life symmetrical?’ To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the Universe and beyond. From the immensity of the Universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing.

In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colors, structure, behavior, and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the Universe beyond. Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the Universe. Think you know our planet? Think again.


10. Brief Answers To The Big Questions By Stephen Hawking


Finally, I wanna recommend you guys Final Book wrote by Stephen Hawking…

Is there a God?
How did it all begin?
Can we predict the future?
What is inside a black hole?
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
How do we shape the future?
Will we survive on Earth?
Should we colonize space?
Is time travel possible?

Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unraveled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humor, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.


If you are a mad astronomy lover then I will suggest you to check another article on that – Best 10 Astronomy Books Of All Time

Darshan Gajjar

Darshan Gajjar

He is the most curious person. The most adorable thing about him is that he asks everything.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Physics Books To Read Before You Graduate

  • August 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Nice list you made but you should add more of Quantum Physics book in this list too….

    • Darshan Gajjar
      August 2, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Yash For your Suggestion. I am gonna give you whole another list just for Quantum Physics


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