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  1. #1 Recommended Introductory Book 
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    Hi all, I'm quite interested in almost all areas of science, and have some knowledge in chemistry, biology and psychology (if you count it a science :P). However, I'm disappointed that I don't know much about physics. I'm aware that knowing calculus is absolutely imperative to learning about physics, but the way I learn best is by actual problems and a less abstract approach, which is why I dislike certain kinds of mathematics, when it doesn't pertain to actual real world problems and solutions.
    So, I'm wondering if anybody has any recommendations on a calculus/physics book that stresses teaching the basics of physics, in a more practical sense, as opposed to simply learning formulas?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post
    Hi all, I'm quite interested in almost all areas of science, and have some knowledge in chemistry, biology and psychology (if you count it a science :P). However, I'm disappointed that I don't know much about physics. I'm aware that knowing calculus is absolutely imperative to learning about physics, but the way I learn best is by actual problems and a less abstract approach, which is why I dislike certain kinds of mathematics, when it doesn't pertain to actual real world problems and solutions.
    So, I'm wondering if anybody has any recommendations on a calculus/physics book that stresses teaching the basics of physics, in a more practical sense, as opposed to simply learning formulas?
    Try "Feynman Lectures on Physics", it is the best set of books I have ever had.


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    Great! Thanks, I'll have a look! Pretty sure they're available for free online.
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    I also recommend
    Riuchard Feynmans 'QED the strange theory of light and matter'
    Roger Penrose 'The Emperors New Mind'
    Graham Farmelo "It must be Beautiful"
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