Mr Shaha’s A-level Reading List

“Our ability to understand the universe and our position in it is one of the glories of the human species. Our ability to link mind to mind by language, and especially to transmit our thoughts across the centuries is another. Science and literature, then, are the two achievements of Homo Sapiens that most convincingly justify the specific name” – Richard Dawkins

Here is a list of books I think Physics A-level students might enjoy – I’d encourage them to read a selection from each section:






  1. Chemistry- anything by philip ball but my favourites are probably 10 beautiful experiments in chemistry and bright earth.

    For general science it’s not rocket science by ben miller is pretty good.

    We’ve just started a science lending library to help students access these comprised of a pool of staff collections- I’m hoping we get a decent uptake (and don’t loose any!)

  2. Great list! I’m adding Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman for the sheer joy of personal and scientific discovery it portrays.

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