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    Hello there! im new here, my knowledge in physics is really basic. I have a major in International Relations and im currently doing my master in middle east studies. I watched the documentary "particle fever" in netflix and i been reading a lot of Richard Dawkings. Physics is opening my mind to different things, things that i don't really understand. Im trying to understand the Theories of Einstein and Peter Higgs but i just can't. I figured out that i need some reading. Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.


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    Hey welcome to the forum denisvm! Yes, I understand how you feel, English is not my first language either. I will tend to make a lot of mistakes when I'm typing fast or thinking to fast for the language part of my brain to catch up.

    Physics is indeed beautiful, science is beautiful in general. I just read textbooks from my Physics courses, Physics for Science and Engineering majors volume 1 and 2. I also read "Understanding Physics" 3 volumes in 1 book.

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    Single Dimensional Membrane Potential, and Mechanisms. Role of Complex Mechanics and Nerve Cell Physiology. Active propagation of nerve signals. Nerve cell protein dynamics, Presynaptic Mechanics and Synaptic Transmissions. Excitatory transmission, magnetic fields involving transmission. Nerve cell potentiation. Physics of Mechanoreceptors.

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    Thank you! Yes, the problem with me is that International Relations has nothing to do with physics! Im more interest of subjects like time and gravity, but thank you, i will go to my college library in the morning to get some books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denisvm View Post
    Hello there! im new here, my knowledge in physics is really basic. I have a major in International Relations and im currently doing my master in middle east studies. I watched the documentary "particle fever" in netflix and i been reading a lot of Richard Dawkings. Physics is opening my mind to different things, things that i don't really understand. Im trying to understand the Theories of Einstein and Peter Higgs but i just can't. I figured out that i need some reading. Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.
    Welcome to the forum!

    A good idea would be to read a book on physics. The best place for you to start is here The Character of Physical Law (Messenger Lectures, 1964) by Richard Feynman.
    You can download it at The Character of Physical Law (Messenger Lectures, 1964) | Richard Feynman | digital library BookOS

    If you need any help please let me know. I'm a physicist (with the equivalent of an MS in physics) and a physics tutor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by physicist View Post
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    Hello there! im new here, my knowledge in physics is really basic. I have a major in International Relations and im currently doing my master in middle east studies. I watched the documentary "particle fever" in netflix and i been reading a lot of Richard Dawkings. Physics is opening my mind to different things, things that i don't really understand. Im trying to understand the Theories of Einstein and Peter Higgs but i just can't. I figured out that i need some reading. Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.
    Welcome to the forum!

    A good idea would be to read a book on physics. The best place for you to start is here The Character of Physical Law (Messenger Lectures, 1964) by Richard Feynman.
    You can download it at The Character of Physical Law (Messenger Lectures, 1964) | Richard Feynman | digital library BookOS

    If you need any help please let me know. I'm a physicist (with the equivalent of an MS in physics) and a physics tutor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denisvm View Post
    Hello there! im new here, my knowledge in physics is really basic. I have a major in International Relations and im currently doing my master in middle east studies. I watched the documentary "particle fever" in netflix and i been reading a lot of Richard Dawkings. Physics is opening my mind to different things, things that i don't really understand. Im trying to understand the Theories of Einstein and Peter Higgs but i just can't. I figured out that i need some reading. Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.
    There aren't any shortcuts. You can read a few books about it in the popular science media, but I don't think you will understand it in any meaningful way. It takes many years of study.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    There aren't any shortcuts. You can read a few books about it in the popular science media, but I don't think you will understand it in any meaningful way. It takes many years of study.
    With every book comes more understanding. When I started college I had never taken anything on physics before that I retained by the time I got to college so I had to take an introductory course which was not calculus based at all. That ran two semesters. By the time that was done I had a grasp of all the basic concepts of physics. What followed was honing that knowledge to obtain actual problem solving skills and that meant the Physics I, II, III calculus based physics sequence. After that one studies each field separately which means you take an entire course on classical mechanics, modern physics, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics as well as a great deal of math.

    So I basically learned all the laws in the first year. What followed was learning them in depth and how to use them to solve more and more difficult and more realistic problems. But I really did get an understanding "in a meaningful way" during that first year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
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    .... Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.
    There aren't any shortcuts. You can read a few books about it in the popular science media, but I don't think you will understand it in any meaningful way. It takes many years of study.
    I heartily agree. Mastery of physics can't be obtained casually. Pop-sci sources are too often "empty calories" (great at eliciting the intended "gee whiz" response but terrible at teaching the reader to perform actual calculations). Successful autodidacts are rare because of the time and effort required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denisvm View Post
    Hello there! im new here, my knowledge in physics is really basic. I have a major in International Relations and im currently doing my master in middle east studies. I watched the documentary "particle fever" in netflix and i been reading a lot of Richard Dawkings. Physics is opening my mind to different things, things that i don't really understand. Im trying to understand the Theories of Einstein and Peter Higgs but i just can't. I figured out that i need some reading. Anyways, Can you guys recommend any basic reading? books, articles,documentaries, etc. Thank you, and sorry if i had any mistakes in my grammar, english is not my first language.
    Have a look at the " sticky stuff " at the top of the Physics page dude. Just saying is all.
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