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Can anyone suggest a video or book that will allow the layman to grasp physics concepts in a conceptual manner?

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What kind of physics? This is a pretty broad question as is, it would help if you narrowed it down. – David Z Jan 27 '12 at 18:44
1 Play around a bit with these :) – Lagerbaer Jan 27 '12 at 22:12

One big foundation of physics is the law of gravitation and Richard Feynman explains it very nicely but with a lot of insight: The Character of Physical Law

There are of course hundreds of other videos and books describing the concepts, just pick one that suits your style.

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+1, I will add this little but great book "Six easy pieces" from Richard Feynman too – HDE Jan 27 '12 at 18:45

For particle physics, a not-too well known but astonishingly good semi-popular book is t'Hooft's "In Search of the Ultimate Building Blocks". It's unique in that, in addition to the usual topics - unification, quarks, Higgs mechanism etc, he treats topics such as instantons and the triangle anomaly. Unheard of in the pop-sci realm !!

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If you want to have "all subjects" covered I would recommend Feynman's Lecture on Physics. But you would not find anything about recent developments (this book is a classical from the 1960ies).

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