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Good cheap books on science

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Jro, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Jro

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    HEY YOU. YEAH YOU! What don't you know about? What do you know about? Let's have a science book thread where we trade links to cheap as chips books. Fact is, Amazon is so cheap these days that it's relatively easy to amass a good collection of textbooks without the $400 orders.

    I'm a larval biologist doing research on evolution. If I had to recommend some cheap, easy to read books on evolution I'd go with some of these.

    Doug Futuyma's Evolutionary Biology- $3! Come on!
    Amazon.com: Used and New: Evolutionary Biology

    Amazon.com: Used and New: Evolutionary Biology, Third Edition

    Sean Carroll's Endless Forms Most Beautiful- $3!
    Amazon.com: Used and New: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo

    and, hey, what's this a COMPLETELY FREE COPY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES.
    Literature.org - The Online Literature Library

    How many of us haven't read the thing cover to cover? SHAMEFUL!

    Anyway, what I don't know about is space and physics. I've started taking an open course undergrad physics class, and I'm looking for a cheap textbook to go with it. Something that really holds your hand through the scary math parts. :eek:

    I'm also looking for a solid textbook on space as I know very little about it, besides what I've learned from reading and watching Cosmos. Again, undergrad level or so please.
     
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  2. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff CthulhuAce

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    I'll top that :)

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  3. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff CthulhuAce

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    also
    Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe by Matt Young


    free
    FreeDownload
     
  4. Nostromo

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    I don't know how cheap you can get it these days, but K. A. Stroud - Engineering Mathematics was one I bought on a recommendation during my first year of physics, and I found it very good. Regarding the hand-holding, it might be ok, but you may want to have a look at a few first. I wouldn't want you to get something based on my opinion and regret it ;)
     
  5. Davian

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    Alright already. I've got the audio version read by Dawkins. It's really good but there is so much other stuff to read and listen to....

    If you are looking for something easy to listen to like Cosmos, but up-to-date and with more detail, go to the Astronomycast podcast:

    "Astronomy Cast takes a fact-based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology"
     
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  7. Rai1234

    Rai1234 Newbie

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    I remember ordering a bunch of free science DVD's from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute a while back (and they actually arrived!), and I also believe they have a number of online resources on their website as well.

    HHMI's BioInteractive
     
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