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  1. #1 Good reading material 
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    Im 16 and very interested in physics but im not sure where to start regarding books or reports to read any reccomendations?


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    A Short History Of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson's well worth a read. It's got all science, not just physics, but I loved it.


    The wise man believes half of what he reads. If he knew which half to believe, he'd be a much wiser man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady09
    Im 16 and very interested in physics but im not sure where to start regarding books or reports to read any reccomendations?
    A good start might be The Character of Physica Law by Richard Feynman.

    I would help to have some idea of your background in science and mathematics.

    Have you had trigonometry ? Calculus ?
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    just passed my gcses in physics maths and statistics with all a* star grades but not much other than that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady09
    just passed my gcses in physics maths and statistics with all a* star grades but not much other than that
    I am not familiar wth "gcses". What does that mean in terms of subject matter?

    There are some good general physics texts but they require proficiency in trigonometry and calculus. One very good one is The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Feynmanl, Leighton and Sands.
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    Gcses are qualifications, ive been told if i do well in my a-levels i could get into cambridge if that helps you with the degree of my knowledge. Ive done bits of calculus and quite a lot of trigonometry. I will look up the feynman lectures thankyou
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    Sounds to me like you've gotten as far as the end of high school in terms of the American Analog, the AP program we have here is probably the bulk of as far as you've gotten, if I'm interpreting this correctly for Dr Rocket. UK resident, Brady?
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    perhaps slightly further because ive looked into bits of things myself but yes thats about correct thankyou
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