|May5-11, 09:13 PM||#1|
Is it worth going through all of Landau-Lifshitz?
Do you guys think it would be beneficial to take on the entire series of Landau and Lifshitz books, or do you think it would be better to cherry-pick books for each of the topics in the series? Which of the LL books do you think are the strongest (I mean: best selection of topics, clearest presentation, most relevant to modern theoretical physics)? The weakest? Are there any 'must reads' among them?
|May6-11, 06:06 PM||#2|
Classical Theory of Fields
I think Mechanics is essential. CToF is very good for the electrodynamics topics it covers, but I would not suggest it for an intro to GR, and there are better advanced GR books that cover more topics. The QED book is, I think, most useful to those who need a more detailed reference on QED specifically. I wouldn't suggest it as an intro to modern QFT. The QM book is a little old-fashioned in its notation, but I don't think that should really cause any problems for modern readers, and it's still a good general QM reference.
There was also the Shorter Course of Theoretical Physics, which was a condensation of the series.
|Jan2-12, 06:32 PM||#3|
Statistical Physics 1 and 2 are awesome, so is Physical Kinetics. Yet to understand the last one, its the culmination of the last 5 books. So thats Stat 1, Fluids, Elasticity, Continuous Electro, and Stat 2. It is a beautiful treatment of plasmas using kinetic theory and a Feynman-like graph method that was developed in Stat 2. Mechanics seemed too brief for me, Classical Fields was nice using the invariant approach for E/M to derive relativity. The quantum book is good but the QED is possibly outdated but a great historical reference on deriving the Dirac equation with spinors and the theory of radiation. It seems Path integrals are the popular way in QED and QFD right now.
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