# Physics & Astrophysics

**The Joy of Science**

*Jim Al-Khalili*

**Quantum physicist, New York Times bestselling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili reveals how 8 lessons from the heart of science can help you get the most out of life**

**Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour**

*Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott, and Robert J. Vanderbei*

*New York Times* bestseller

Journey into the universe through the most spectacular sights in astronomy in stereoscopic 3D

**A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour**

*Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott*

**A pocket-style edition based on the New York Times bestseller**

**Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour**

*Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott*

**The New York Times bestselling tour of the cosmos from three of today's leading astrophysicists**

**The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words**

*Edited by Virginia Trimble and David A. Weintraub*

**An inspiring anthology of writings by trailblazing women astronomers from around the globe**

**So Simple a Beginning: How Four Physical Principles Shape Our Living World**

*Raghuveer Parthasarathy*

**A biophysicist reveals the hidden unity behind nature’s breathtaking complexity**

**Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life**

*Timothy J. Jorgensen*

**A fresh look at electricity and its powerful role in life on Earth**

**The Whole Truth: A Cosmologist’s Reflections on the Search for Objective Reality**

*P. J. E. Peebles*

**From the Nobel Prize–winning physicist, a personal meditation on the quest for objective reality in natural science**

**Modern Classical Physics: Optics, Fluids, Plasmas, Elasticity, Relativity, and Statistical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking text and reference book on twenty-first-century classical physics and its applications**

**Statistical Physics: Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century statistical physics and its applications**

**Optics: Volume 2 of Modern Classical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century waves of all sorts and their applications**

**Elasticity and Fluid Dynamics: Volume 3 of Modern Classical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century ****fluids and elastic solids and their applications**

**Plasma Physics: Volume 4 of Modern Classical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century plasma physics and its applications**

**Relativity and Cosmology: Volume 5 of Modern Classical Physics**

*Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford*

**A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century ****general relativity and cosmology**

**The World According to Physics**

*Jim Al-Khalili*

**Quantum physicist, New York Times bestselling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili offers a fascinating and illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world**

**Alien Listening: Voyager's Golden Record and Music from Earth**

*Daniel K. L. Chua and Alexander Rehding*

**An examination of NASA's Golden Record that offers new perspectives and theories on how music can be analyzed, listened to, and thought about—by aliens and humans alike.**

**Science, the Endless Frontier**

*Vannevar Bush*

**The classic case for why government must support science—with a new essay by physicist and former congressman Rush Holt on what democracy needs from science today**

**Things Fall Together: A Guide to the New Materials Revolution**

*Skylar Tibbits*

**From the visionary founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, a manifesto for the dawning age of active materials**

**Bedeviled: A Shadow History of Demons in Science**

*Jimena Canales*

**How scientists through the ages have conducted thought experiments using imaginary entities—demons—to test the laws of nature and push the frontiers of what is possible **

**Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology**

*Sonia Contera*

**The nanotechnology revolution that will transform human health and longevity**

**On the Future: Prospects for Humanity**

*Martin Rees*

**A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees**

**Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space**

*Kevin Hand*

**Inside the epic quest to find life on the water-rich moons at the outer reaches of the solar system**

**Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters**

*David J. Hand*

**A practical guide to making good decisions in a world of missing data**

**Why Trust Science?**

*Naomi Oreskes*

**Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy**

**No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity**

*Daniel Kennefick*

**The extraordinary story of the scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativity**

**Cosmology’s Century: An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe**

*P. J. E. Peebles*

**From Nobel Prize–winning physicist P. J. E. Peebles, the story of cosmology from Einstein to today**

**Einstein in Bohemia**

*Michael D. Gordin*

**A finely drawn portrait of Einstein's sixteen months in Prague**

**At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds**

*Dan Hooper*

**A new look at the first few seconds after the Big Bang—and how research into these moments continues to revolutionize our understanding of our universe**

**The Little Book of Cosmology**

*Lyman Page*

**The cutting-edge science that is taking the measure of the universe**

**The Little Book of Black Holes**

*Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius*

**Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holes**

**The Little Book of String Theory**

*Steven S. Gubser*

**The essential beginner's guide to string theory**

**It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity**

*N. David Mermin*

**A readable and entertaining look at how Einstein’s special theory of relativity gives us a new understanding of the nature of time**

**Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science**

*Michael Nielsen*

**How the internet and powerful online tools are democratizing and accelerating scientific discovery**

**Our Cosmic Habitat: New Edition**

*Martin Rees*

Our universe seems strangely ''biophilic,'' or hospitable to life. Is this happenstance, providence, or coincidence? According to cosmologist Martin Rees, the answer depends on the answer to another question, the one posed by Einstein's...

**The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos**

*Robert P. Kirshner*

*The Extravagant Universe* tells the story of a remarkable adventure of scientific discovery. One of the world's leading astronomers, Robert Kirshner, takes readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an...

**QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter**

*Richard P. Feynman*

Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and...

**The Meaning of Relativity: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field - Fifth Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where...

**Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics**

*A. Zee*

**An engaging exploration of beauty in physics, with a foreword by Nobel Prize–winning physicist Roger Penrose**

**Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions**

*Edwin Abbott Abbott*

In 1884, Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote a mathematical adventure set in a two-dimensional plane world, populated by a hierarchical society of regular geometrical figures-who think and speak and have all too human emotions. Since then...

**The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor**

*James Edward Gordon*

J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fascinating and fundamental questions about how the structural world around us works. Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials--such...

**A Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling: Second Edition**

*Jesse M. Kinder and Philip Nelson*

**A fully updated tutorial on the basics of the Python programming language for science students**

**Statistical and Thermal Physics: With Computer Applications, Second Edition**

*Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik*

**A completely revised edition that combines a comprehensive coverage of statistical and thermal physics with enhanced computational tools, accessibility, and active learning activities to meet the needs of today's students and educators**

**Advanced Classical Electromagnetism**

*Robert Wald*

**A modern approach to classical electromagnetism**

**A Prelude to Quantum Field Theory**

*John Donoghue and Lorenzo Sorbo*

**A**** concise, beginner-friendly introduction to quantum field theory**

**Quantum Field Theory: An Integrated Approach**

*Eduardo Fradkin*

**The only**** graduate-level textbook on quantum field theory that fully integrates perspectives from high-energy, condensed-matter, and statistical physics**

**The Scientist’s Guide to Writing, 2nd Edition: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career**

*Stephen B. Heard*

**An updated and expanded edition of the acclaimed writing guide for scientists**

**Global Warming Science: A Quantitative Introduction to Climate Change and Its Consequences**

*Eli Tziperman*

**A quantitative, broad, hands-on introduction to the cutting-edge science of global warming**

**Stochastic Thermodynamics: An Introduction**

*Luca Peliti and Simone Pigolotti*

**The first comprehensive ****graduate-level introduction to stochastic thermodynamics**

**Visual Differential Geometry and Forms: A Mathematical Drama in Five Acts**

*Tristan Needham*

**An inviting, intuitive, and visual ** **exploration of differential geometry and forms**

**Snow Crystals: A Case Study in Spontaneous Structure Formation**

*Kenneth G. Libbrecht*

**A definitive new investigation of the science of snowflakes by the world’s leading expert**

**Gravitation**

*Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler*

First published in 1973, *Gravitation* is a landmark graduate-level textbook that presents Einstein’s general theory of relativity and offers a rigorous, full-year course on the physics of gravitation. Upon publication, *Science *called...

**Fly by Night Physics: How Physicists Use the Backs of Envelopes**

*A. Zee*

**The essential primer for physics students who want to build their physical intuition**

**Biophysics: Searching for Principles**

*William Bialek*

**A physicist's guide to the phenomena of life**

**Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists**

*A. Zee*

**A concise, modern textbook on group theory written especially for physicists**

**Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell**

*A. Zee*

**An ideal introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity**

**Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell: Second Edition**

*A. Zee*

**A fully updated edition of the classic text by acclaimed physicist A. Zee**

**Astrophysics in a Nutshell: Second Edition**

*Dan Maoz*

**The ideal one-semester astrophysics introduction for science undergraduates—now expanded and fully updated**

**String Theory in a Nutshell: Second Edition**

*Elias Kiritsis*

**The essential introduction to modern string theory—now fully expanded and revised**

**The Standard Model in a Nutshell**

*Dave Goldberg*

**A concise and authoritative introduction to one of the central theories of modern physics**

**Elementary Particle Physics in a Nutshell**

*Christopher G. Tully*

**An introduction to high-energy physics that prepares students to understand the experimental frontier**

**Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell**

*Anupam Garg*

**A comprehensive, modern introduction to electromagnetism**

**Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell**

*Luca Peliti*

**A concise introduction to statistical mechanics**

**Condensed Matter in a Nutshell**

*Gerald D. Mahan*

**A comprehensive introduction to condensed matter and material physics**

**Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell**

*Gerald D. Mahan*

Covering the fundamentals as well as many special topics of current interest, this is the most concise, up-to-date, and accessible graduate-level textbook on quantum mechanics available. Written by Gerald Mahan, a distinguished research...

**Quantum Many-Body Physics in a Nutshell**

*Edward Shuryak*

**The ideal textbook for a one-semester introductory course for graduate students or advanced undergraduates**

**What Is Dark Matter?**

*Peter Fisher*

**What we know about dark matter and what we have yet to discover**

**Can the Laws of Physics Be Unified?**

*Paul Langacker*

**A concise introduction to the cutting-edge science of particle physics**

**How Do You Find an Exoplanet?**

*John Asher Johnson*

**An authoritative primer on the cutting-edge science of planet hunting**

**How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?**

*Abraham Loeb*

**A concise introduction to cosmology and how light first emerged in the universe**

**What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?**

*Joshua S. Bloom*

**A brief, cutting-edge introduction to the brightest cosmic phenomena known to science**

**What Does a Black Hole Look Like?**

*Charles D. Bailyn*

**A sophisticated introduction to how astronomers identify, observe, and understand black holes**

**Magnetic Reconnection: A Modern Synthesis of Theory, Experiment, and Observations**

*Masaaki Yamada*

**The essential introduction**** to magnetic reconnection—written by a leading pioneer of the field**

**Galactic Astronomy**

*James Binney and Michael Merrifield*

This is the definitive treatment of the phenomenology of galaxies--a clear and comprehensive volume that takes full account of the extraordinary recent advances in the field. The book supersedes the classic text Galactic Astronomy that...

**Galactic Dynamics: Second Edition**

*James Binney and Scott Tremaine*

Since it was first published in 1987, *Galactic Dynamics* has become the most widely used advanced textbook on the structure and dynamics of galaxies and one of the most cited references in astrophysics. Now, in this extensively revised...

**Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium**

*Bruce T. Draine*

**An essential resource for graduate students and astrophysicists**

**Exoplanet Atmospheres: Physical Processes**

*Sara Seager*

Over the past twenty years, astronomers have identified hundreds of extrasolar planets--planets orbiting stars other than the sun. Recent research in this burgeoning field has made it possible to observe and measure the atmospheres of...

**Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Theoretical Concepts and Foundations**

*Kevin Heng*

**An essential introduction to the theory of exoplanetary atmospheres**

**Theory of Stellar Atmospheres: An Introduction to Astrophysical Non-equilibrium Quantitative Spectroscopic Analysis**

*Ivan Hubeny and Dimitri Mihalas*

**The most authoritative synthesis of the quantitative spectroscopic analysis of stellar atmospheres**

**The First Galaxies in the Universe**

*Abraham Loeb and Steven R. Furlanetto*

This book provides a comprehensive, self-contained introduction to one of the most exciting frontiers in astrophysics today: the quest to understand how the oldest and most distant galaxies in our universe first formed. Until now, most...

**Stellar Spectral Classification**

*Richard O. Gray and Christopher J. Corbally*

Written by leading experts in the field, *Stellar Spectral Classification* is the only book to comprehensively discuss both the foundations and most up-to-date techniques of MK and other spectral classification systems. Definitive and...

**High-Energy Astrophysics**

*Fulvio Melia*

High-energy astrophysics involves the study of exceedingly dynamic and energetic phenomena occurring near the most extreme celestial objects known to exist, such as black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, and supernova remnants....

**Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy: A Practical Python Guide for the Analysis of Survey Data, Updated Edition**

*Željko Ivezić, Andrew J. Connolly, Jacob T. VanderPlas, and Alexander Gray*

*Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy* is the essential introduction to the statistical methods needed to analyze complex data sets from astronomical surveys such as the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response...

**Asteroseismic Data Analysis: Foundations and Techniques**

*Sarbani Basu and William J. Chaplin*

Studies of stars and stellar populations, and the discovery and characterization of exoplanets, are being revolutionized by new satellite and telescope observations of unprecedented quality and scope. Some of the most significant...

**Essential Radio Astronomy**

*James J. Condon and Scott M. Ransom*

**The ideal text for a one-semester course in radio astronomy**

**Einstein on Einstein: Autobiographical and Scientific Reflections**

*Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn*

**New perspectives on the iconic physicist's scientific and philosophical formation**

**The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures**

*Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn*

First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein’s *The Meaning of Relativity* offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to...

**The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundation of General Relativity", Featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein's Masterpiece**

*Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn*

**An annotated facsimile edition of Einstein's handwritten manuscript on the foundations of general relativity**

**Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian**

*A. Douglas Stone*

**The untold story of Albert Einstein's role as the father of quantum theory**

**Relativity: The Special and the General Theory - 100th Anniversary Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

**A handsome annotated edition of Einstein’s celebrated book on relativity**

**The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922–1923**

*Albert Einstein*

**Albert Einstein’s travel diary to the Far East and Middle East**

**The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time**

*Jimena Canales*

**The explosive debate that transformed our views about time and scientific truth**

**An Einstein Encyclopedia**

*Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulmann*

**The complete guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Einstein**

**Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology**

*Max Jammer*

The philosophy of religion and the quest for spiritual truth preoccupied Albert Einstein--so much that it has been said "one might suspect he was a disguised theologian." Nevertheless, the literature on the life and work of Einstein...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1879-1902**

*Albert Einstein*

Volume 1 presents important new material on the young Einstein. Over half the documents made available here were discovered by the editors, including a significant group of over fifty letters that Einstein exchanged with Mileva Maric...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 2: The Swiss Years: Writings, 1900-1909**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein contains the scientific work Einstein published during the first decade of his career, and includes some of the most significant achievements of twentieth-century physics. The first...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 3: The Swiss Years: Writings, 1909-1911**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume of *The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein* presents Einstein's writings for the two-year period starting in October 1909. The initial date marks Einstein's departure from the Swiss Patent Office at Bern, which had been his...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 4: The Swiss Years: Writings, 1912-1914**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume presents Einstein's writings from the final period of his work in Switzerland. Most of the material in Volume 4 documents Einstein's search for a relativistic theory of gravitation, a search that ended in Berlin in the fall...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 5: The Swiss Years: Correspondence, 1902-1914**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume, the first in the series to be devoted to Einstein's correspondence, begins in June 1902, when he went to work at the Swiss Patent Office. It closes in March 1914, as Einstein left Switzerland to take up his appointment as a...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 6: The Berlin Years: Writings, 1914-1917.**

*Albert Einstein*

Presented in this volume are Albert Einstein's writings from his arrival in Berlin in the spring of 1914 to take up his new position at the Prussian Academy of Sciences through the end of 1917. During these years he completed the...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 7 (English): The Berlin Years: Writings, 1918-1921. (English translation of selected texts)**

*Albert Einstein*

In the spring of 1919, two British solar eclipse expeditions confirmed the correctness of general relativity theory and propelled Albert Einstein to instant celebrity. Before this major turning point, the majority of Einstein's writings...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 8: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, 1914-1918**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume opens in spring 1914 when Einstein takes up a research professorship at the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin and closes with the collapse of the German Empire four and one-half years later. A good portion of the...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 9: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January 1919 - April 1920**

*Albert Einstein*

The present volume, set in the turbulent post-World War I period, finds Einstein awaiting news of the 1919 British eclipse expedition to test the general relativistic prediction of the deflection of starlight by the sun. With the...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 10: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, May-December 1920, and Supplementary Correspondence, 1909-1920 - Documentary Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

The first half of this volume presents a substantial amount of heretofore unavailable correspondence. From among family letters closed for twenty years after the death of Margot Einstein, who donated them to the Albert Einstein Archives...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 11: Cumulative Index, Bibliography, List of Correspondence, Chronology, and Errata to Volumes 1-10**

*Albert Einstein*

This index volume provides quick access to the most authoritative compilation of documents and information concerning Einstein's work and correspondence for the first half of his life. It offers readers a Cumulative Index to the first...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 12: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January-December 1921 - Documentary Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

In this latest volume, Einstein's visible public persona is amply documented in his correspondence, honors and prizes, lectures and travels, articles, and the many solicitations asking him to join public initiatives. Einstein joins a...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922 - March 1923 (English Translation Supplement)**

*Albert Einstein*

A translation of selected non-English texts included in Volume 13 is available in paperback. Since this supplementary paperback includes only select portions of Volume 13, it is not recommended for purchase without the main volume.

Every...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 14: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, April 1923–May 1925 - Documentary Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

The more than one thousand letters and several dozen writings included in this volume cover the years immediately before the final formulation of new quantum mechanics. The discovery of the Compton effect in 1923 vindicates Einstein's...

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 15: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, June 1925–May 1927 - Documentary Edition**

*Albert Einstein*

This volume covers one of the most thrilling two-year periods in twentieth-century physics, as matrix mechanics—developed chiefly by W. Heisenberg, M. Born, and P. Jordan—and wave mechanics—developed by E....

**The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 16 (Translation Supplement): The Berlin Years / Writings & Correspondence / June 1927–May 1929**

*Albert Einstein*

A translation of selected non-English texts included in Volume 16 is available in paperback. Since this supplementary paperback includes only select portions of Volume 16, it is not recommended for purchase without the main volume.

Every...

**The Secret Syllabus: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of College Success**

*Jay Phelan and Terry Burnham*

**The unwritten rules of success that every student must follow to thrive in college**

**Hot Molecules, Cold Electrons: From the Mathematics of Heat to the Development of the Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable**

*Paul J. Nahin*

**An entertaining mathematical exploration of the heat equation and its role in the triumphant development of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable**

**The Self-Assembling Brain: How Neural Networks Grow Smarter**

*Peter Robin Hiesinger*

**What neurobiology and artificial intelligence tell us about how the brain builds itself **