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The Feynman Lectures on Physics (All 3 volumes)
Feynman, Leighton, Sands.
Advanced undergraduate text. Feynman is a legendary teacher. These are a must read for every physicist.
Feynman, Leighton, Sands.
Advanced undergraduate text. Feynman is a legendary teacher. These are a must read for every physicist.
Newton's Principia, for the common reader.
S. Chandrasekhar
Covers Isaac Newton's classic with modern notation.
S. Chandrasekhar
Covers Isaac Newton's classic with modern notation.
Classical Mechanics
John R. Taylor
Standard undergraduate textbook on classical mechanics. Well written and easy to read. Makes every problem look like a harmonic oscillator.
John R. Taylor
Standard undergraduate textbook on classical mechanics. Well written and easy to read. Makes every problem look like a harmonic oscillator.
Classical Dynamics, of particles and system.
Thornton, Marion.
Older standard for undergraduate classical mechanics. Some Chapters are a little deeper than in Taylor's book. Less words more mathematics.
Thornton, Marion.
Older standard for undergraduate classical mechanics. Some Chapters are a little deeper than in Taylor's book. Less words more mathematics.
Classical Mechanics
Goldstein, Poole, Safko.
Standard graduate level classical mechanics. Tough to read through. Valuable reference.
Goldstein, Poole, Safko.
Standard graduate level classical mechanics. Tough to read through. Valuable reference.
Analytical Mechanics, for relativity and quantum mechanics.
Oliver Davis Johns
Advanced graduate mechanics for theorists. Covers deeply Hamiltonians, Lagrangians and Canonical transformations.
Oliver Davis Johns
Advanced graduate mechanics for theorists. Covers deeply Hamiltonians, Lagrangians and Canonical transformations.
Div Grad Curl and All that, an informal text on vector calculus
H. M. Schey
Best primer on vector calculus. Short yet complete. Covers all the mathematics the student needs to excel in undergraduate electricity and magnetism courses.
H. M. Schey
Best primer on vector calculus. Short yet complete. Covers all the mathematics the student needs to excel in undergraduate electricity and magnetism courses.
Electricity and Magnetism, berkeley physics course.
Edward M Purcell
Basic introduction to the subject. Beginner level.
Edward M Purcell
Basic introduction to the subject. Beginner level.
Introduction to Electrodynamics
David J. Griffiths
The standard textbook on the subject at the undergraduate level. Griffith's texts are renowned for their pedagogy.
David J. Griffiths
The standard textbook on the subject at the undergraduate level. Griffith's texts are renowned for their pedagogy.
Electromagnetic Fields
Roald K. Wangsness
Advanced undergraduate text. Higher level than Griffiths. Easier than Jackson.
Roald K. Wangsness
Advanced undergraduate text. Higher level than Griffiths. Easier than Jackson.
Classical Electrodynamics
John David Jackson
The terror is real! Jackson's text is infamously difficult yet is a standard at the graduate level. Jackson is trying to teach students the advanced mathematics needed to become a theoretical physicist. Many problems will seem impossible to solve. Good reference though.
John David Jackson
The terror is real! Jackson's text is infamously difficult yet is a standard at the graduate level. Jackson is trying to teach students the advanced mathematics needed to become a theoretical physicist. Many problems will seem impossible to solve. Good reference though.
Quantum Physics, of atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei, and particles.
Robert Eisberg, Robert Resnick
Undergraduate text that covers all major areas of quantum physics but not very deeply. It does a great job motivating the topics.
Robert Eisberg, Robert Resnick
Undergraduate text that covers all major areas of quantum physics but not very deeply. It does a great job motivating the topics.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
David J. Griffiths
The standard undergraduate textbook for quantum mechanics. Student friendly but lacks mathematical rigor. Teaches quantum mechanics by using numerous example systems to build up students intuition.
David J. Griffiths
The standard undergraduate textbook for quantum mechanics. Student friendly but lacks mathematical rigor. Teaches quantum mechanics by using numerous example systems to build up students intuition.
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics
John S. Townsend
The spin first book! Uses Dirac braket notation day numero uno. More abstract in the beginning chapters. Might be better pedagogy then the differential equation introduction approaches used in all other undergraduate quantum mechanics texts. The debates are heated!
John S. Townsend
The spin first book! Uses Dirac braket notation day numero uno. More abstract in the beginning chapters. Might be better pedagogy then the differential equation introduction approaches used in all other undergraduate quantum mechanics texts. The debates are heated!
Quantum Mechanics, an introduction.
Greiner
Greiner has a series of great textbooks translated from German. This is the only one I own, however, I have read many. His books are gems! Good mathematical rigor and notation choices.
Greiner
Greiner has a series of great textbooks translated from German. This is the only one I own, however, I have read many. His books are gems! Good mathematical rigor and notation choices.
Quantum Mechanics, concepts and applications
Nouredine Zettili
This advanced undergraduate textbook is on my bookshelf because it has lots of worked out example problems. It also has lots of errors and typos. Thick book with lots of examples.
Nouredine Zettili
This advanced undergraduate textbook is on my bookshelf because it has lots of worked out example problems. It also has lots of errors and typos. Thick book with lots of examples.
A Textbook of Quantum Mechanics
P M Mathew, K Venkatesan
A small undergraduate textbook on the subject. Covers most everything but not very deeply.
P M Mathew, K Venkatesan
A small undergraduate textbook on the subject. Covers most everything but not very deeply.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain
I really like Joachain books. His books helps students understand quantum theories application especially to scattering problems. This is an undergraduate textbook that focuses on nonrelativitic applications.
B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain
I really like Joachain books. His books helps students understand quantum theories application especially to scattering problems. This is an undergraduate textbook that focuses on nonrelativitic applications.
Quantum Mechanics
B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain
Bigger version of the introduction book by the same authors. This is a bible of a textbook. Complete, covers everything at a good level. Advanced undergraduate to first year graduate.
B. H. Bransden and C. J. Joachain
Bigger version of the introduction book by the same authors. This is a bible of a textbook. Complete, covers everything at a good level. Advanced undergraduate to first year graduate.
Modern Quantum Mechanics
J. J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano
Concise graduate level textbook that is one of the many standards. (There is no definitive standard graduate level quantum mechanics textbook.) Notation is good. Mathematical rigor is lacking. Not as deep as I would have like it to be.
J. J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano
Concise graduate level textbook that is one of the many standards. (There is no definitive standard graduate level quantum mechanics textbook.) Notation is good. Mathematical rigor is lacking. Not as deep as I would have like it to be.
Principles of Quantum Mechanics
R. Shankar
One of my personal favorites. This big textbook's coverage is complete. It can be used by undergraduates up to first year graduates. The mathematics is well developed in the beginning chapters and the book covers the applications rigorously.
R. Shankar
One of my personal favorites. This big textbook's coverage is complete. It can be used by undergraduates up to first year graduates. The mathematics is well developed in the beginning chapters and the book covers the applications rigorously.
The Principles of Quantum Mechanics
P. A. M. Dirac
Dirac understood quantum mechanics better than anyone. I just wish more physicist and mathematician read his book. If you understand Dirac's book then you understand quantum mechanics, period. The is a very deep and abstract version of quantum mechanics but also the best!
P. A. M. Dirac
Dirac understood quantum mechanics better than anyone. I just wish more physicist and mathematician read his book. If you understand Dirac's book then you understand quantum mechanics, period. The is a very deep and abstract version of quantum mechanics but also the best!
Quantum Mechanics (2 volumes)
Albert Messiah
Older textbook that covers everything up to quantum field theory. Good reference.
Albert Messiah
Older textbook that covers everything up to quantum field theory. Good reference.
Quantum Mechanics
Leonard I. Schiff
Another older textbook that cover everything up to quantum field theory. Smaller than Messiah. Good reference.
Leonard I. Schiff
Another older textbook that cover everything up to quantum field theory. Smaller than Messiah. Good reference.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, with application to chemistry.
Linus Pauling and E. Bright Wilson, Jr.
Nobel prize winner, Linus Pauling wrote one of the first textbooks on quantum mechanics. Focusing mainly on applications and computational methods, this book is not only useful for chemists but physicists as well.
Linus Pauling and E. Bright Wilson, Jr.
Nobel prize winner, Linus Pauling wrote one of the first textbooks on quantum mechanics. Focusing mainly on applications and computational methods, this book is not only useful for chemists but physicists as well.
Quantum Theory
David Bohm
The father of Bohmian mechanics. It never hurts seeing a subject from a new perspective. Bohmian mechanics has many fanatics but not many predictions. An interesting interpretation of quantum mechanics. For those interested in Bohmian mechanics, check out "Applied Bohmian Mechanics" by Xavier Oriols and Jordi Mompart.
David Bohm
The father of Bohmian mechanics. It never hurts seeing a subject from a new perspective. Bohmian mechanics has many fanatics but not many predictions. An interesting interpretation of quantum mechanics. For those interested in Bohmian mechanics, check out "Applied Bohmian Mechanics" by Xavier Oriols and Jordi Mompart.
Introduction to the Quantum Theory
David Park
Older textbook that focuses more on applications to nuclear physics.
David Park
Older textbook that focuses more on applications to nuclear physics.
Introduction to Thermal Physics
Danial V. Schroeder
The Griffiths of statistical mechanics. New standard for undergraduate statistical mechanics. Easy to read, great problems, just enough examples.
Danial V. Schroeder
The Griffiths of statistical mechanics. New standard for undergraduate statistical mechanics. Easy to read, great problems, just enough examples.
Thermal Physics
Charles Kittel, Herbert Kroemer
The old standard for statistical mechanics. More complete than Schroeder but a tough read.
Charles Kittel, Herbert Kroemer
The old standard for statistical mechanics. More complete than Schroeder but a tough read.
Statistical Mechanics
R. K. Pathria, Paul D. Beale
A graduate level standard. This book is huge. It is an intimating read. Better reference than a textbook. Very complete.
R. K. Pathria, Paul D. Beale
A graduate level standard. This book is huge. It is an intimating read. Better reference than a textbook. Very complete.
Statistical Mechanics
Donald A. McQuarrie
This graduate level textbook that is a little easier on the student than Pathria. Focuses more on gases.
Donald A. McQuarrie
This graduate level textbook that is a little easier on the student than Pathria. Focuses more on gases.
Statistical Mechanics
Kerson Huang
Covers some interesting graduate level applications. Tough read. Inconsistent notation. Not student friendly.
Kerson Huang
Covers some interesting graduate level applications. Tough read. Inconsistent notation. Not student friendly.
Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics
David Chandler
Concise little book. Focuses on renormalization group theory. Surprisingly good. Can be covered in one semester.
David Chandler
Concise little book. Focuses on renormalization group theory. Surprisingly good. Can be covered in one semester.
An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics
Terrell L. Hill
Older textbook that covers lots of applications. Good Reference.
Terrell L. Hill
Older textbook that covers lots of applications. Good Reference.
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Charles Kittel
My only pure solid state textbook! A standard undergraduate textbook for the subject. I can't really compare to other texts but I have heard good things about "Solid State Physics" by Ashcoft and Mermin.
Charles Kittel
My only pure solid state textbook! A standard undergraduate textbook for the subject. I can't really compare to other texts but I have heard good things about "Solid State Physics" by Ashcoft and Mermin.
A Most Incomprehensible Thing
Peter Collier
Best introduction to general relativity. Assume the student knows nothing! Well written and easy to read. Mathematics is sound and notation is clear. Makes a difficult subject easy.
Peter Collier
Best introduction to general relativity. Assume the student knows nothing! Well written and easy to read. Mathematics is sound and notation is clear. Makes a difficult subject easy.
Gravity, an introduction to Einstein's general relativity
James B. Hartle
A "physics first" undergraduate textbook. Holds off on the heavy mathematics until last few chapters. The antithesis to Hartle's text is "Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity" by Joel Franklin. I don't own it but Franklin's textbook fits more my style.
James B. Hartle
A "physics first" undergraduate textbook. Holds off on the heavy mathematics until last few chapters. The antithesis to Hartle's text is "Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity" by Joel Franklin. I don't own it but Franklin's textbook fits more my style.
General Relativity
Robert M. Wald
Graduate level text with advanced topics. High level mathematics. Good reference.
Robert M. Wald
Graduate level text with advanced topics. High level mathematics. Good reference.
Gravitation
Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler
The standard graduate level textbook. This book is huge! It takes a lifetime to fully understand. Almost everything you need to know about general relativity is in this book. Also good to reference.
Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler
The standard graduate level textbook. This book is huge! It takes a lifetime to fully understand. Almost everything you need to know about general relativity is in this book. Also good to reference.
Introductory Fluid Mechanics, for physicists and mathematicians
G. J. Pert
This undergraduate textbook is a good introduction to hydrodynamics. Title means to say "Not For Engineers."
G. J. Pert
This undergraduate textbook is a good introduction to hydrodynamics. Title means to say "Not For Engineers."
Incompressible Flow
Ronald L. Panton
More advanced than Pert's text. Well written and cover all major topics including compressible flow.
Ronald L. Panton
More advanced than Pert's text. Well written and cover all major topics including compressible flow.
Transport Phenomena
R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot
This is the best of the three hydrodynamics textbooks. This advanced undergraduate to beginning graduate text is complete, well written and easy to reference.
R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot
This is the best of the three hydrodynamics textbooks. This advanced undergraduate to beginning graduate text is complete, well written and easy to reference.
Course of Theoretical Physics (All 10 volumes)
Landau and Lifshitz
These textbook are very advanced. It is amazing how the authors balanced conciseness with depth! Graduate to research level. These Russian translations make excellent references.
Landau and Lifshitz
These textbook are very advanced. It is amazing how the authors balanced conciseness with depth! Graduate to research level. These Russian translations make excellent references.
Physics of Atoms and Molecules
B. H. Brandsden, C. J. Joachain
Again, I love Joachain books. This is a graduate level textbook on the subject. This is a huge book. Very deep covers everything. Most read for every atomic physicists!
B. H. Brandsden, C. J. Joachain
Again, I love Joachain books. This is a graduate level textbook on the subject. This is a huge book. Very deep covers everything. Most read for every atomic physicists!
Handbook of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Gordon W. F. Drake
Huge handbook. Cannot be held in one hand! Used as a reference. Research level.
Gordon W. F. Drake
Huge handbook. Cannot be held in one hand! Used as a reference. Research level.
Scattering Theory, the quantum theory of nonrelativistic collisions
John R. Taylor
This was my first book on the subject. Taylor did such a great job with his classical mechanics so I had high exceptions. I was disappointed.
John R. Taylor
This was my first book on the subject. Taylor did such a great job with his classical mechanics so I had high exceptions. I was disappointed.
Quantum Collision Theory
Charles J. Joachian
My favorite book on scattering theory. Clear and concise. Cover almost everything. Great examples.
Charles J. Joachian
My favorite book on scattering theory. Clear and concise. Cover almost everything. Great examples.
Atoms in Intense Laser Fields
C. J. Joachain, N. J. Kylstra, R. M. Potvliege
Did I mention I liked Joachain books? Best book on the subject! Highintensity laseratom physics, perturbation theory, Floquet theory, low and high frequency regimes, multiphoton ionization, attosecond pulses, laserassisted electonatom collisions, etc. Research level.
C. J. Joachain, N. J. Kylstra, R. M. Potvliege
Did I mention I liked Joachain books? Best book on the subject! Highintensity laseratom physics, perturbation theory, Floquet theory, low and high frequency regimes, multiphoton ionization, attosecond pulses, laserassisted electonatom collisions, etc. Research level.
Introduction to Elementary Particles
David Griffiths
Softest introduction to quantum field theory and the standard model. The only undergraduate quantum field theory textbook. Not mathematically rigorous. Easy to read.
David Griffiths
Softest introduction to quantum field theory and the standard model. The only undergraduate quantum field theory textbook. Not mathematically rigorous. Easy to read.
Quantum Field Theory
F. Mandl, G. Shaw
Great introduction to quantum field theory. Picks up right where undergraduate level quantum mechanics drops off. Well written and concise.
F. Mandl, G. Shaw
Great introduction to quantum field theory. Picks up right where undergraduate level quantum mechanics drops off. Well written and concise.
A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
Michele Maggiore
My personal favorite. Easy to read. Mathematically rigorous. Concise.
Michele Maggiore
My personal favorite. Easy to read. Mathematically rigorous. Concise.
Quantum Field Theory, for the Gifted Amateur
Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
The title is misleading; it is not for the gifted amateur. However, this is a great book. It is a fun read. I really liked it.
Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
The title is misleading; it is not for the gifted amateur. However, this is a great book. It is a fun read. I really liked it.
Student Friendly Quantum Field Theory
Robert D. Klauber
I don't find it particular student friendly. Reads more like lecture notes. It has lots of great tables to organizes concepts.
Robert D. Klauber
I don't find it particular student friendly. Reads more like lecture notes. It has lots of great tables to organizes concepts.
Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
Matthew D. Schwartz
Somewhat of a standard field theory textbook. Likely the best overall book on the subject. Not a easy read.
Matthew D. Schwartz
Somewhat of a standard field theory textbook. Likely the best overall book on the subject. Not a easy read.
Quantum Field Theory
Michio Kaku
Focuses on group theory. Advanced level, difficult read yet very complete. Good Reference.
Michio Kaku
Focuses on group theory. Advanced level, difficult read yet very complete. Good Reference.
Matlab Programming for Engineers
Stephen J. Chapman
The only programming book I own. I learned how to program from this book. What more can I say?
Stephen J. Chapman
The only programming book I own. I learned how to program from this book. What more can I say?
An introduction to Error Analysis, the study of uncertainties in physical measurements.
John R. Taylor
Estimating measurement uncertainty. Keeping track of uncertainty. Statistical distributions.
John R. Taylor
Estimating measurement uncertainty. Keeping track of uncertainty. Statistical distributions.
Data Reduction and Error Analysis, for the physical Sciences
Philip R. Bevington, D. Keith Robinson
Statistics for experimentalists. Data fitting. Mante Carlo techniques. Computers do most of this today.
Philip R. Bevington, D. Keith Robinson
Statistics for experimentalists. Data fitting. Mante Carlo techniques. Computers do most of this today.
Building Scientific Apparatus
John H. Moore, Christopher C. Davis, Michael A. Coplan
Name says it all. Glass work, vacuum systems, optical devices, lasers, electronics, etc.
John H. Moore, Christopher C. Davis, Michael A. Coplan
Name says it all. Glass work, vacuum systems, optical devices, lasers, electronics, etc.
Radiation Detection and Measurement
Glenn F. Knoll
Textbook for nuclear instrumentation and radiation measurement. Ionization chambers, Geiger counters, scintillation, photomultipliers, spectroscopy, semiconductors, gammaray detectors, neutron detection methods, etc.
Glenn F. Knoll
Textbook for nuclear instrumentation and radiation measurement. Ionization chambers, Geiger counters, scintillation, photomultipliers, spectroscopy, semiconductors, gammaray detectors, neutron detection methods, etc.
Scanning Electron Microscopy and Xray Microanalysis
Goldstein etal.
Everything you need to know about SEMs. Modes of operation, beamspecimen interaction, image formation, xray spectra, etc.
Goldstein etal.
Everything you need to know about SEMs. Modes of operation, beamspecimen interaction, image formation, xray spectra, etc.
3,000 Solved Problems in Physics
Alvin Halpern
Undergraduate problems with solutions. Practice, practice, practice...
Alvin Halpern
Undergraduate problems with solutions. Practice, practice, practice...
Conquering the Physics GRE
Yoni Kahn, Adam Anderson
I really like this one! The other GRE preparation books are worthless paper. Best GRE review out there. Great review of undergraduate physics in general.
Yoni Kahn, Adam Anderson
I really like this one! The other GRE preparation books are worthless paper. Best GRE review out there. Great review of undergraduate physics in general.
Major American Universities Ph.D. Qualifying Questions and Solutions (4+ volumes)
YungKuo Lim
I have mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Good for studying for comprehensive exams (or writing them!). Lots of problems. Solutions are just okay. Some solutions suck.
YungKuo Lim
I have mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Good for studying for comprehensive exams (or writing them!). Lots of problems. Solutions are just okay. Some solutions suck.
Princeton Problems in Physics with Solutions
Newbury etal.
More difficult problems that Lim's books.
Newbury etal.
More difficult problems that Lim's books.
University of Chicago Graduate Problems with Solutions
Cronin etal.
You can never have enough practice problems! These problems are pretty good.
Cronin etal.
You can never have enough practice problems! These problems are pretty good.
Discrete Mathematics with applications
Susanna S. Epp
Took discrete mathematics for a mathematics degree. Logic, proof by induction, set theory, counting, functions, etc.
Susanna S. Epp
Took discrete mathematics for a mathematics degree. Logic, proof by induction, set theory, counting, functions, etc.
Precalculus, functions and graphs.
Swokowski, Cole
Algebra, graphs, functions, trigonometry, analytic geometry. I have kept this for reference purposes. High school level.
Swokowski, Cole
Algebra, graphs, functions, trigonometry, analytic geometry. I have kept this for reference purposes. High school level.
Linear Algebra, and its applications
David C. Lay
Introduction to linear algebra. Very basic stuff. I took a course in linear algebra for mathematics degree.
David C. Lay
Introduction to linear algebra. Very basic stuff. I took a course in linear algebra for mathematics degree.
Complex Variables
Norman Levinson, Raymond M. Redheffer
Complex derivatives and integration for mathematicians. More on the proofs side the of fence.
Norman Levinson, Raymond M. Redheffer
Complex derivatives and integration for mathematicians. More on the proofs side the of fence.
Elementary Number Theory
David M. Burton
Proofs course. Division algorithm, primes, congruences, Fermat's theorem, Diophantine equations. The beginning of the end for my mathematics degree.
David M. Burton
Proofs course. Division algorithm, primes, congruences, Fermat's theorem, Diophantine equations. The beginning of the end for my mathematics degree.
Probability
Jim Pitman
Textbook on probability. I began avoiding proofs courses. Distributions, random variables, conditional probabilities, etc.
Jim Pitman
Textbook on probability. I began avoiding proofs courses. Distributions, random variables, conditional probabilities, etc.
Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis
John A. Rice
I continued to avoid proofs course. Joint distributions, expected values, covariance, correlation, sampling, estimation of parameters, hypotheses testing, etc.
John A. Rice
I continued to avoid proofs course. Joint distributions, expected values, covariance, correlation, sampling, estimation of parameters, hypotheses testing, etc.
Mathematical Statistics, with applications
Wackerly, Mendenjall, Scheaffer
Similar to Rice's textbook but with better examples. I was told by academic adviser to take the "Analysis and Proofs" course around this time and I never did.
Wackerly, Mendenjall, Scheaffer
Similar to Rice's textbook but with better examples. I was told by academic adviser to take the "Analysis and Proofs" course around this time and I never did.
Calculus
Larson, Hostetler, Edwards
Huge first year undergraduate calculus book. Takes a year to cover. I enjoyed taking the calculus courses.
Larson, Hostetler, Edwards
Huge first year undergraduate calculus book. Takes a year to cover. I enjoyed taking the calculus courses.
Vector Calculus
Jerrold E. Marsden, Anthony J. Tromba
Calculus in 3D. Euclidean geometry, divergence and curl, double integrals, path integrals, Stoke's theorem, etc.
Jerrold E. Marsden, Anthony J. Tromba
Calculus in 3D. Euclidean geometry, divergence and curl, double integrals, path integrals, Stoke's theorem, etc.
Differential Equations, an introduction to modern methods & applications
James R. Brannan, William E. Boyce
Undergraduate ODE textbook. Great coverage of Laplace transforms and systems of linear differential equations.
James R. Brannan, William E. Boyce
Undergraduate ODE textbook. Great coverage of Laplace transforms and systems of linear differential equations.
An Introduction to Differential Equations and their Applications
Stanley J. Farlow
Undergraduate ODE textbook. Good coverage of power series solutions and Fourier series.
Stanley J. Farlow
Undergraduate ODE textbook. Good coverage of power series solutions and Fourier series.
Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers
Stanley J. Farlow
Undergraduate PDE textbook. I don't really like this book. Reads like lecture notes.
Stanley J. Farlow
Undergraduate PDE textbook. I don't really like this book. Reads like lecture notes.
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
Mary L. Boas
A personal favorite! All the mathematics you will need as an undergraduate including tensor analysis. Boas is easy to read, has plenty of examples, and is complete in coverage of the topics. A must read/study for every undergraduate physics major.
Mary L. Boas
A personal favorite! All the mathematics you will need as an undergraduate including tensor analysis. Boas is easy to read, has plenty of examples, and is complete in coverage of the topics. A must read/study for every undergraduate physics major.
Mathematical Methods of Physics
Jon Mathews, R. L. Walker
Older textbook similar to Boa's text but a little more advanced. Lots of clever tricks. Covers perturbation theory, Greens functions, calculus of variations, numerical methods, even group theory.
Jon Mathews, R. L. Walker
Older textbook similar to Boa's text but a little more advanced. Lots of clever tricks. Covers perturbation theory, Greens functions, calculus of variations, numerical methods, even group theory.
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Erwin Kreyszig
A big standard undergraduate mathematical methods textbook. Difficult to read. I don't like very much.
Erwin Kreyszig
A big standard undergraduate mathematical methods textbook. Difficult to read. I don't like very much.
Mathematical Physics, a modern introduction to its foundations
Sadri Hassani
A huge textbook! Very complete. Written for physicists. Covers Hilbert spaces, Greens functions, groups and manifolds, and Lie groups. Graduate level. Good for reference.
Sadri Hassani
A huge textbook! Very complete. Written for physicists. Covers Hilbert spaces, Greens functions, groups and manifolds, and Lie groups. Graduate level. Good for reference.
Mathematical Methods for Physicists, a comprehensive guide
Arfken, Weber, Harris
My favorite graduate level mathematical methods textbook. All the mathematics you will need as a graduate physics student. The first book I go to when reviewing a mathematics topic.
Arfken, Weber, Harris
My favorite graduate level mathematical methods textbook. All the mathematics you will need as a graduate physics student. The first book I go to when reviewing a mathematics topic.
Methods of Theoretical Physics (2 volumes)
Morse, Feshbach
Need to solve a physics problem is some obscure coordinate system that only a handful of people have even heard of? These might be the books for you. Advanced text that covers topics with great depth. Research level. Good Reference.
Morse, Feshbach
Need to solve a physics problem is some obscure coordinate system that only a handful of people have even heard of? These might be the books for you. Advanced text that covers topics with great depth. Research level. Good Reference.