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    This thread is not specifically related to F1, but inspired by it.

    I’m a bit of a science nerd and i’m wanting to learn more about plenty of things, but specifically aerodynamics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. Thing is, I don’t know where to start! Can anyone recommend any good books out here I can get my teeth into?

    I have no desire to form a career, I just like learning.

    There are plenty of people on here who seem to know alot about what they’re talking about so thought this would be a good place to ask.

    I have a grasp of the basics, or at least I like to think I do…SOME of it is still fresh from my AS level failure in Physics ;)

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    Andrew, as an occasional geek, I would love to help you out, but I’m afraid that my base of geeky knowledge is far less specialised than what you’re looking for. However, I did want to share a few geekily-pleasurable book titles, and I figured that your post deserved a bump up.

    So I’m a bit of a wannabe science geek I think, though I’m far more of the general knowledge variety. Some of my favourite science-y books have been: “A Short History of Time” by Stephen Hawking; “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson (brilliant history of science with a great sense of humour); “Journey Through Genius”, a fantastic history of mathematics that taught me that my brain was not math-deficient after all, by William Dunham; and right now I’m reading “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jarred Diamond, which is a very well written attempt to show that essentially environmental causes are what gave European societies their technological advantages over the rest of the world. And if you’re looking for a novel to get your geek on with, if you haven’t yet, you have to get into the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, which is basically about the emergence of modern science and economy in the 17-18th centuries, but wrapped up in a pirate and spy adventure running through 8 novels – personally I couldn’t put it down.

    Anyhoo, just wanted to share some of my own geek. Here’s hoping someone better-informed can lead you to the stuff you’re looking for.

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    I can certainly Bill Byson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, too, it’s an excellent book (albeit the back third of the book is acknowledgements)

    You can’t ignore having a bit of a read through relevant Wikipedia articles either. I believe the articles regarding the things you want to learn about are accurate enough, and if you don’t understand any of it, you can always click a link to one of the words in the sentence to elaborate on that.

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    I found that the best introduction to quantum physics was Brian Green’s Elegant Universe, though most of it is about string theory so it might not be ideal. There’s always In Search Of Schrodinger’s Cat.

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    Thanks folks :D I shall definitely check these books out on Amazon/eBay.

    I should get Stephen Hawking’s book again, I did have it but lost it!

    Wikipedia is good but i’m trying to ‘discipline’ myself. I find stuff sticks more if I can relate to it better, i.e taking a proper step towards learning, reading a book designed to teach you, not just tell you. That said, Wikipedia is a fantastic tool.

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    I’ll second A Short History of Nearly Everything, great book for a general history of science.

    I read The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin recently, it was pretty heavy duty stuff but offers some interesting insights into the world of science (a lot of it is complaining about egos).

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    If you fancy a fun read, check out The Never-Ending Days Of Being Dead and other books of the same ilk by the same author, speculative physics at its best.

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    spotted an F1 mag today,whs, never seen it before, specificly dealing with the tech side, looked a bit complicated, put it back

    sorry cant rem title, had a white cover thou

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    There are a couple of F1 specific books out there I wouldn’t mind. The Science of Formula 1 Design, from what I can tell sounds good. I wonder if F1F has a review…

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