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Advice for great books on physics Please... 
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#1
Mar1511, 12:54 PM

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I would like a recommendation for a book that is specifically focused on waves. If anyone could recommend me one I would really appreciate it .
Also if you know of any Great books on specifically Electricity && Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Optics, and Newtonian Mechanics... **I already have a CalculusBased Physics book that covers the subjects, but I'd like to believe that 4 chapters for Waves, Thermodynamics, or Optics does not give those topics justice...** 


#2
Mar1511, 04:58 PM

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Since you provide zero helpful information such as your level of mathematical ability, level of understanding of "the basics", previous coursework, etc. it's hard to give you a good answer. Therefore, I'll suggest "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" by Isaac Newton. It's in Latin, and one of the best around for Newtonian Mechanics.



#3
Mar1611, 02:12 PM

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Um, no. I doubt you would find Principia very interesting or helpful. All the proofs are heavily geometric, and the subject was not nearly as clear as it is today; physics education has changed a great deal since Newton's time. Perhaps you could leave Principia as sidereading in your own time if you are interested.
And the OP did say he has taken a calculusbased physics course. For Newtonian Mechanics there is Taylor For E&M the most popular book is Griffiths You will need to know vector calculus and ODEs at least. Can't help you with the other topics I'm afraid. 


#4
Mar1611, 05:01 PM

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Advice for great books on physics Please...
Ive finished Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, I am also learning about complex variables and Partial Differential Equations independently while I'm waiting to transfer for my Junior Year .
I just want some books more indepth than the average CalculusBased General Physics book.... Thanks and If you or anyone else has any other suggestions I'm open to them.... 


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Mar1711, 01:05 AM

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#6
Mar1711, 07:55 AM

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I just saw that you want a book focused on waves. I am not exactly sure what you want, but there is the book byVibrations and Waves by French



#7
Mar2811, 10:12 PM

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There's another version of the Principia written the Nobel Laureate S.Chandrasekhar "Newton's Principia for the Common Reader" . It might be fun to learn.... 


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