somequeerdistortion said: do you have any reading recs on physics for someone who is, errr, not scientifically inclined (at all)? i'm interested in learning about it (specifically in relation to time travel -- but if i've got to start somewhere totally basic so be it) & haven't a clue where to start and am very intimidated.
- Susskind & Harbovsky, The Theoretical Minimum: what you need to know to start doing physics (pdf)
- Michio Kaku, “The Universe in a Nutshell" (video)
- John Polinghorne, Quantum Theory: a very short introduction (pdf)
- Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams (pdf).
- Stephen Hawking, The Universe in a Nutshell (pdf)
- Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe (pdf)
- Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way (epub & mobi)
- Richard Feynman, QED: the strange theory of light & matter (pdf) and the Feynman Lectures on Physics (more technical).
- Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid (pdf): also a MIT lecture series.
- Philosophy of time travel: “Time travel" and "Time travel & modern physics”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; David Lewis, “The paradoxes of time travel" (paper); Theodore Sider, "Time travel: coincidences and counterfactuals" (paper); Jonathan Harrison, "Time travel for beginners" (paper); Frank Arntzenius, "Time travel: double your fun" (paper); Larry Dwyer, "Time travel and changing the past" (paper).
- Kip Thorne, Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy (pdf)
- J. Richard Gott, Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe
- Michael Lockwood, The Labyrinth of Time (pdf)
- Deutsch & Lockwood, “The Quantum Physics of Time Travel" (paper)
- Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time. Also Hawking’s lectures “Space Travel & Time Warps" and "Into A Black Hole”.
- Leonard Susskind, The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking (pdf): also a lecture.
- Seth Lloyd, “The Quantum Mechanics of Time Travel" (video) and Jim Al-Khalili, "Is Time Travel Possible?" (video)