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|This page lists suggestions for further reading following on from my review of Penrose's The Road to Reality|
Penrose makes much of the 'magic' of complex numbers. An imaginary tale : the story of √-1 by Paul Nahin gives a simpler introduction to this. I'm afraid it still requires a knowledge up to the later parts of school mathematics , but if you have this then I would think of it as a 'light' read.
If you want to follow up on the geometrical side of physics and have studied mathematics up to an advanced undergraduate level, then The geometry of physics : an introduction by Theodore Frankel would be a good book to work through. Geometry, topology and physics by Mikio Nakahara is at a slightly higher level and somewhat less general than Frankel's book.
As for gravity, that is general relativity, A journey into gravity and spacetime by John Wheeler is a well presented non-technical book written by an expert in the subject. At undergraduate level Relativity : special, general, and cosmological by Wolfgang Rindler is a well laid out textbook. For those wanting to go further into the subject I would recommend General Relativity by Robert Wald
As for the hot topic of String Theory, The elegant universe by Brian Greene gives a non-technical account. For those wanting to get into the subject properly there's A first course in string theory by Barton Zwiebach, which is based on undergraduate courses he taught.
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