Looking for recommendations for someone who loves physics but is not in college/university. I'm a 39-year old engineer.

  • $\begingroup$ it depends on how much math you want. If you don't mind the math, I recommend the classic Berkeley Physics Series (in four volumes). $\endgroup$ – niels nielsen Sep 14 '19 at 1:59
  • $\begingroup$ Is the Halliday and Resnick a good book? Or University Physics is better? $\endgroup$ – Eddie Bravo Sep 14 '19 at 2:02
  • $\begingroup$ I used H&R 49 years ago and it was OK. $\endgroup$ – niels nielsen Sep 14 '19 at 2:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic : not sure this is really a dupe of the link. This one is much more specific and somewhat more basic. I agree that your link should be there if this is what OP needs, but really understood the Q as much less specialized. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Sep 14 '19 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Eddie Bravo (with Cc to @ZeroTheHero): Res. recom. is restricted on Phys.SE. The post (v2) is too broad, so I'm closing it. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Sep 14 '19 at 15:27

I highly recommend Six ideas that shaped Physics by Thomas Moore. Every volume in the series just oozes physics, emphasizing symmetries and how the physics flows from some core concept.

It’s written at the first year University level, but I think it’s too rich in physics for the typical 1st year student mostly interested in just passing a required course.


Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.