I've wanted a list of references, ranging from popular-level to advanced, of the science relevant to the topics discussed on this site.
Towards this goal, I've listed a number of the books from my collection, and will be adding more. Most of my introductory texts are from the 70s & 80s and probably not even available today. I have found some free introductory texts online that actually look pretty good for someone who wants to learn some real science.
Feel free to email me with recommendations and links to similar resources.
Motion Mountain: The Free Physics Textbook
Light & Matter
This site has a few physics texts geared for several levels of mathematical comprehension. The text “Simple Nature” has programming exercises using Python
More Advanced Free Texts
- ADS Digital Library
- There is even a core list of astronomy books
- Physics Books Online: Many of these are links to online lecture notes and papers
- A rather nice set of notes turned into text by Dr. J.B. Tatum
- Other free books on science & mathematics
- How to Learn Math and Physics by John Baez There's a lot of good advice here for those who actually want to learn about physics.
- A Physics Booklist: Recommendations from the Net
Books on Science History
This is just the list of books on my shelves that I have read. I've about as many still on my 'unread' list.
The Day We Found the Universe
Marcia Bartusiak 2010 0307276600 368pp
The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe
Rev Updated edition John Boslough & John Mather 2008 0465005292 384pp
The story of the cosmic microwave background radiation and the COBE mission.
The Golden Ratio : The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Mario Livio 2003 0767908163 304pp
Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos
Alan W. Hirshfeld 2001 0716737116 336pp
Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon Which Has Changed the Course of History
Duncan Steel 1999 0-7472-7385-5
Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love
Dava Sobel 1999 0-14-02.8055-3 420pp
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Dava Sobel 1995 0-8027-1312-2 184pp
Home Is Where the Wind Blows: Chapters From a Cosmologist's Life
Fred Hoyle & Margaret Burbidge 1994 0-935702-27-X 443pp
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
James Gleick 1992 0-679-40836-3 532pp
Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe
Dennis Overbye 1991 0060159642 438pp
Mathematics and It's History
John Stillwell, J. H. Ewing & F. W. Gehring 1989 0-387-96981-0 371pp
Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World
Abraham Pais 1986 0198519710 682pp
Measuring the Universe: Cosmic Dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley
Albert Van Helden 1986 0226848825 212pp
The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
The Easton Press, collector’s edition edition, 1986, 2000.
Texts for Upper-level Backgrounds
The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and Cosmology
Malcolm S. Longair 2006 0521474361 565pp
The Analysis of Starlight: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Astronomical Spectroscopy
J. B. Hearnshaw 1987 0521255481 546pp
History of Human Spaceflight
Frederick Ira Ordway & Mitchell R. Sharpe 1979 0-690-01656-5 462pp
First on the Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.
Neil Armstrong|Michael Collins|Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. 1970
For All Mankind
illustrated edition Harry Hurt 10/1988 0871131706 352pp