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A book is a medium for recording information in the form of writing or images, typically composed of many pages (made of papyrus, parchment, vellum, or paper) bound together and protected by a cover. The technical term for this physical arrangement is codex (plural, codices). In the history of hand-held physical supports for extended written compositions or records, the codex replaces its predecessor, the scroll. A single sheet in a codex is a leaf and each side of a leaf is a page.
As an intellectual object, a book is prototypically a composition of such great length that it takes a considerable investment of time to compose and still considered as an investment of time to read. In a restricted sense, a book is a self-sufficient section or part of a longer composition, a usage that reflects the fact that, in antiquity, long works had to be written on several scrolls and each scroll had to be identified by the book it contained. Each part of Aristotle's Physics is called a book. In an unrestricted sense, a book is the compositional whole of which such sections, whether called books or chapters or parts, are parts.
The intellectual content in a physical book need not be a composition, nor even be called a book. Books can consist only of drawings, engravings or photographs, crossword puzzles or cut-out dolls. In a physical book, the pages can be left blank or can feature an abstract set of lines to support entries, such as in an account book, an appointment book, an autograph book, a notebook, a diary or a sketchbook. Some physical books are made with pages thick and sturdy enough to support other physical objects, like a scrapbook or photograph album. Books may be distributed in electronic form as ebooks and other formats.
Although in ordinary academic parlance a monograph is understood to be a specialist academic work, rather than a reference work on a scholarly subject, in library and information science monograph denotes more broadly any non-serial publication complete in one volume (book) or a finite number of volumes (even a novel like Proust's seven-volume In Search of Lost Time), in contrast to serial publications like a magazine, journal or newspaper. An avid reader or collector of books is a bibliophile or colloquially, "bookworm". A place where books are traded is a bookshop or bookstore. Books are also sold elsewhere and can be borrowed from libraries. Google has estimated that by 2010, approximately 130,000,000 titles had been published. In some wealthier nations, the sale of printed books has decreased because of the increased usage of ebooks.

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  1. korwynkim

    Intro Physics General introductory physics books compared to specific books on each topic

    What exactly is the difference in the way an general physics book (Halliday and Resnick, Young and Freedman) covers topics like mechanics, EM, and thermodynamics, compared to respective books like Kleppner and Kolenkow, Griffiths, and Schroeder, other than the amount of material covered for each...
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    Other Elementary Linear Algebra book

    Hello I am looking for an introductory linear algebra book. I attend university next year so I want to prepare and I want to become an engineer. I have a good background in the prerequisites, except I don't know anything about matrices or determinants. I am looking for the more application side...
  3. S

    Quantum What are the best books for: 1.Mass 2.Energy and 3.Quantum Mechanics?

    What are the best theoretical books I can study for understanding the basic as well as advanced; mass, energy and quantum mechanics.
  4. hagopbul

    Intro Physics Reading list suggestions please (elementary particle physics, special relativity)

    hello all : looking for books to read in this times ,undergraduate level mostly , but i have some problem finding good ones for introductory elementary particle physics other than griffths and for special relativity any recommendations
  5. entropy1

    Literature to study QM

    Hello, I want to try studying QM. I have already read Susskind Minimum QM. Now I have some trouble focussing while reading and mild dyslexia. So I only want to read the stuff I need (doesn't everyone?). HOW do I find the right sequence of the right books to progress from basic to more...
  6. L

    Engineering Recommended electronic components books

    hello, I am new here, nice to meet you here. I want to learn knowledge related to electronic components, can you recommend me some books or online website for me to study? thanks in advance
  7. DennisN

    History Resources (documentaries etc.)

    I've been very interested in history a long time, read many books and watched many documentaries during the years. I've recently started to watch documentaries on parts of history I did not know very well (the Napoleonic era), and I thought it would be a nice idea to have a thread where those...
  8. A

    Classical Companion book to Huang's Statistical Mechanics

    My professor will be using Huang's Statistical Mechanics next semester and I have been reading a lot of polarizing reviews. Does anyone recommend a book to read parallel to Huang's to better understand the material and that discusses the same topics in similar fashion?
  9. Amartansh

    Classical Electromagnetic Scattering

    What are the best resources (books/lectures/articles) to learn Classical Electromagnetic Scattering (forward and inverse modelling)? I am an Electrical Engineer so I would prefer some resource which is from an applied perspective. My specific research topic is related to modeling and analyze 2D...
  10. P

    Intro Physics Differences between textbooks

    I am working through physics for engineers and scientists 5th edition right now. I have met many people who strongly believe a certain textbook is better than others. Can someone please clarify the differences? I have access to Fundamentals of physics 10th edition and wondered if working...
  11. josephweeds

    Intro Math Looking for Math books

    Hi everybody. Im looking for some math books (Algebra Form and Function...Trigonometry...) I found a lot but i dont know how to download it :cry:
  12. Adesh

    What are some good books on inorganic chemistry?

    I'm a weak student in chemistry, by 'weak' I mean I lack some base I think. May please suggest some good books on inorganic chemistry? I want to study p-block, d- and f-block elements along with their important compounds and their preparation. Book should be concise as for me as a weak student...
  13. topologyfreak

    Studying Should I start with a basic physics book without calculus?

    Hi, I want to start learning physics as I have never studied it in my life but have now taken an interest towards it. I have quite literally zero knowledge on physics, so assume I haven’t taken middle school or high school courses on physics, as I haven’t. I’m 17 currently, but that shouldn’t...
  14. topologyfreak

    How to learn physics if I know calculus but zero physics?

    Hi, I have decided I like to learn some physics as I know absolutely zero physics and also including chemistry or biology, and I’d like to learn a bit of all 3, to the high school level perhaps. It seems that from, what I’ve read if I want to learn chemistry, I’ll first have to know physics, and...
  15. Alex Petrosyan

    Studying Are there any good exercise books for Quantum Mechanics?

    hi, I’ve been walking through posts on this forum, and found plenty of book recommendations for QM. My problem is, I haven’t had enough practice in a long while. I could go over Solved Problems in e.g. Galitsky, or Gasiorowitz, but they seem to be a little far from what I want to test...
  16. Kadardur

    Other Finding a book by some citations

    Hello! I am looking for a book about statistic applications, I don't know the name or any other ditails, just some quotes. I don't have too much experience in such search. If anyone can help me I will be very thankful. There is a PDF file attached, there is some questions and solutions, I guess...
  17. babaliaris

    Classical A good book that covers everything?

    Hello! About Me: I'm an Electrical And Computer Engineer under graded student. The only physics we learn in the University in which I'm enrolled is Electromagnetics and nothing more. Well in high school we learned Classical Physics but i don't remember anything (Except some of Newton's motion...
  18. H

    Engineering Suggest a good book on the theory of elasticity & structures

    I am 2nd year physics undergrad. Just want to study a bit about materials in my free time. I have no idea about engineering books. Please suggest some good books. Thanks.
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    B Using competitive math question books for learning math?

    Hi, I have seen that their are competitive math books like Moems, Mathcounts, Mandelbrot and AMC. Are these useful for learning and practicing math, or are they only useful for doing competitions and would be mostly a waste of time instead of learning from textbooks or just learning more new...
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    Engineering Recommendations for Books [HNC in mech eng]

    Hi Everyone, I'm currently working toward a HNC in Mechanical Engineering and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for books to help me out. Ideally what I would like is something that actually breaks the formulas down to their components and explains everything in plain English. If...
  21. archaic

    Classical In search of a very detailed physics book

    Hello everyone, I've been watching the Khan Academy physics lectures and although they're nice (does anyone know a better one?) I'd like to get much deeper into the details of everything. So please if any of you knows a book, preferably available for free, which is really detailed and of an...
  22. nineteen

    Intro Physics What is the best physics text book to refer to these content

    Alright, I am looking for a good physics textbooks that cover all or most of these contents given below: Measurement Mechanics Oscillations and Waves Thermal Physics Gravitational Field Electrostatic field Magnetic Field Current Electricity Electronics Mechanical Properties of Matter...
  23. Subrahmanyan

    Relativity Books for learning the maths used in learning Relativity

    Can anyone suggest a book from where I can learn the math used in relativity like Tensors,Minkowski spacetime metric ,etc ? A suggestion of pdfs would also be appreciated?
  24. M

    Engineering Books about machine design

    Hi. I have a problem and I will be so grateful if someone can help me with this. I would like to know are there books that are similar to P.Orlov: Fundamentals of machine design 1,2 and 3. The book should include pictures of what is wrong and better solution of certain design. Thank you in...
  25. H

    Other Books Famous Scientists Studied From

    Hey, I haven't seen a thread on this topic, so I figured I should start it. Hopefully others can contribute! Srinivasa Ramanujan - SL Loney, Trigonometry & GS Carr, A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics SS Chern - Hall & Knight, Higher Algebra Bernard Riemann -...
  26. Const@ntine

    Alonso & Finn Physics Books: Where to find?

    Good evening (or, technically, morning, depending on where you are and all that jazz)! Recently a professor of ours told us to look into those books; they're three volumes as far as I'm aware. Thing is, as you probably all know (I mean, they're pretty famous, certainly no indie darlings)...
  27. G

    Prob/Stats Books on Machine Learning without a strong math background required

    Hi everyone, I am a software developer (bachelor's degree in Europe, different than a bachelor's degree in the US I believe) and I don't have a strong math/physics background but I am willing to learn. For a few years now, I have been really interested in machine learning but until now, I only...
  28. Greg Bernhardt

    Insights Name the Science Book Author - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post Name the Science Book Author Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  29. ISamson

    Anyone know any good basic hacking books?

    Hello. I have been looking for some learn-to-hack resources. I have Kali-linux VM, firewall, proxy and terminal. My teacher tells me that he learned to hack and technology by reading hacking books. He did not mention any. I had a google around for some. Some cost too much or do not have many...
  30. N

    Suggestion for cosmology overview

    I was wondering if I could get suggestions for good general-background book on cosmology and the development/evolution of the universe. This is for myself, and I'll leave any more specifics to the topics open as I'd be look into whatever suggestions I receive. I'm a biophysicist, and back in...