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Popular Science Books

Some Popular Science Books:-

1) A brief history of time by Stephen Hawkin
2) The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
3) Love with Physics by Walter Lewin
4) Nature's third cycle Arnab Rai Chowdhary
5) Feynman's lecture of Physics
6) The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter
Book by Katherine Freese
7) Physics of Impossible by Michio Kaku
8) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
9) The grand design by Stephen Hawkin
10) Cosmos by Carl Sagan
11) Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
12) Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics by Richard Feynman
13) Physics of the future by Michio Kaku
14) Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
15) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

These books will inspire you to become a great scientist in the future:-

1) One two three infinity by George Gamow
2) You must be  joking Mr. Feynman
3) Double Helix by Watson
4) Subtle is the Lord by Abraham Pais
5) You and your research - Hamming
6) Advice to a young s…

Interesting blogs & websites to help you become a great Physicist!!

If you want to learn more about the world of physics, improve your skills and find internships & fellowships, then you will find these blogs very useful.

How to become a GOOD Theoretical Physicist- A blog by Gerard 't Hooft (ext. link)
This blog explains how you can become a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. Also, the books you should read for that.

CafePhysics by Prof. Ananda Das Gupta
The blog was written by one of my Professor whom not only I but the whole IISER Kolkata respects a lot for his best teaching. He has explained some of the difficult concepts of physics like tensor very well.

Tips for scientific soft skills
Here you can find helpful tips to improve scientific soft skills and it also provides tips for your journey before Ph.D., during Ph.D., and after Ph.D.

Go for science
This website you will find useful for summer internships, institutes, and fellowships.

So You Want To Become a Physicist?
I love this post on FB. It provides links to so many resources available over t…

A Journey to Space Science after Engineering

This post is for those who are passionate about research in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

I will try to answer the following questions that come to the mind when you are pursuing your graduation:

What type of work is done in Space Science? What background is required for research in this field?
How do I get into this field?
Do I really want to do research in this field or I should do something else? Which books should I read as a beginner in this field?
First of all, let's talk about what is Astrophysics & Astronomy and what do we really do in this field? In Astrophysics & Astronomy (let me call it Astro) we study the universe outside our earth. To do that we make use of information that reaches us from outer space. This information comes in the form of light (when I say light it means all electromagnetic waves) mostly and some other forms like gravitational waves, neutrinos etc. So light is an electromagnetic wave and it has specific features like wavelength, polarization, in…

Are Engineers eligible for MSc Physics in IITs through JAM?

Firstly I'd like to state with full clarity that there is no clarity about this Eligibility criteria and even after reading this entire post you'll probably be left with no definite answer but hopefully a little less confused. It is Because of this uncertainty I suppose, almost every new member in our WhatsApp group starts with the question like
I'm from XYZ branch of engineering, am I eligible for admission in IITs through JAM?

I have checked the Eligibility criteria of IITs, they are asking for 4 sems of Physics in bachelor's. What does it mean?
So, to address all those queries once and for all, I am putting up all the information we have about it.

What's the Eligibility criteria of IITs?Who decides if a subject in my coursework is a Physics one or not? Who takes the final decision?What subjects can be expected to be considered Physics?Will mailing the IIT help?
Eligibility criteria

In the JAM broucher (of 2019) it's mentioned that for admission in MSc Ph…

Pursue Bachelor's in Physics after 12th class/Intermediate/HSC

Almost all of the blog readers are Engineering grads or students who are looking to turn to physicists and most of them repent choosing engineering for their undergrad. Be it because of financial reasons, family, peer pressure, engineering fad or just us being naive or uninformed for whatever reason - we did that- And because of which, our options of studying physics have been narrowed down drastically. So I thought it'd be a good thing if we let those currently studying or completed 12th class recently know of all the options available to study physics from undergrad itself. Based on the information I've gathered from friends and internet I have put up the names of some of the good institutes that (We felt)are worth spending 3 years in, to study Physics. Types of courses: Firstly these are the types of courses that are present: Bachelors of sciencesHonors in physicsMajor in physicsGeneral B.ScThe first two are considered equal but Honours degree has a slight edge because more f…

MS/MSc (Master's) in physics after engineering: India or Abroad?

After a degree in engineering, if you are interested in switching to physics, you often face the dilemma of whether to look for a master's degree in physics and whether you should do it in India or abroad. In this article, I would try to mention a few advantages and disadvantages of going for these the options.

Going for a terminal Master's Degree (MS/MSc) I did mechanical engineering in my undergrad and shifted to physics by first getting a master's degree in physics, MSc physics from IIT Bombay. So unsurprisingly, I would vouch for this option. 
The key advantage this option offers is that you can basically try out physics for two years. It allows you to study advanced level physics and get a feel for whether you truly like the subject or you are just fascinated by popular science stuff shown on television shows. Believe me, real physics research vastly differs from what you see in Discovery or Nat Geo shows (and it has more than astrophysics). And if you don'…

All about the CSIR NET physics exam: Preparation and Advantages

After an M.Sc in physics, one needs to look for various opportunities to get into a PhD program in physics to kick start his/her career in physics. In that pursuit, one often overlooked but important and extremely useful path is the CSIR NET exam in physics. This National Eligibility Test (NET) is administered by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research under the govt. of India. Clearing this exam can open more avenues than you think if you intend to do a PhD in India, or if you want to gain some research experience in India by being a project student. It is extremely vital for engineers going into physics who are looking for positions and need monetary support with recognition from the government.

What are the opportunities offered by this exam?  Teaching career: First of all, clearing the NET exam makes you eligible for teaching in a lot of universities all over India. Those students who do not want to go for PhD and instead want a university/college l…

Physics GRE Preparation for Engineers

For admission to Ph.D. programs in physics in countries like USA, Canada, Australia and Japan, one mandatory requirement is the Physics GRE exam. Performance on the exam is fairly important in the admission process, especially when the applicant is from an engineering (non-physics) background. I took the exam as an engineering student and was able to score 990/990 on the exam. In this post, I will write all about the exam, its contents, cost and preparation strategies.

About the Exam The physics GRE is a standardized test offered by ETS which tests standard undergraduate level physics. The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQ) where only one answer is correct out of all the choices. The duration for the same is 170 minutes. In India, the test is only paper-based where the answers are to be marked on an OMR sheet. Each correct answer fetches one point and finally, the total number of correct answers gives the net raw score. This raw score is then converted to…

Guide to an Engineering Student's Preparation for IIT JAM for MSc Physics

For engineering students who are looking to do an MSc in physics in India, the IIT JAM (Joint Admission for MSc) exam is the main route to gain admission into IITs and several other institutes for an MSc admission in physics.

I was also a mechanical engineering undergrad at Delhi Technological University and gave my JAM exam in my final year. I was able to secure AIR 3 and got admission into the MSc physics program at IIT Bombay. So this is a post on how to crack the IIT JAM after engineering or during B.Tech. I would discuss how I prepared and what are some good strategies to prepare for the JAM exam for engineers.

Eligibility Criteria [Are Engineers eligible for MSc Physics in IITs through JAM?
Reffer to this post to know about the ambiguity detailedly]

Let's first discuss the major issue that most engineering students face, that is, the eligibility criteria. The IIT JAM website says that for MSc physics admission, a student needs two semesters of math courses and four semesters…

My Journey into Physics After Engineering - Vaibhav Sharma

Can I switch from physics to engineering?
Is it possible to do a PhD in physics after B. Tech in engineering?
Can I pursue physics after *put any branch* engineering?
These are some of the questions I used to ask 3 years ago. Back then, I couldn’t find a clear answer. But if you are asking a similar question today,I have found an answer and it is a resounding YES!!! Yes, you can do physics after engineering, in fact, you can do a Ph.D. in physics after any branch of engineering. There, I said it, and for some of you, this assurance is probably enough to begin the pursuit. But there is another set of people. These are the ones like me who were from an unsupportive engineering college, a college with an age-old rigid academic system which gives you no freedom of taking courses beyond your engineering branch, no real electives, a physics department that is pretty much dormant, and no real reputation for research anywhere. And it is precisely for these students that I want to share my experi…

Exams and probable dates

Exam Syllabus Courses offered Accepting institutes Date of the application process (approx.) Date of exam JAM B.Sc. M.Sc. and Integrated Ph.D. IISC, IITs, and IISERS September February JEST B.Sc. + M.Sc. Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. Many research Institutes(check the JEST website)