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$50 dollars to spend on textbooks for Physics (soft covers are okay)

  1. Jul 2, 2011 #1
    So I have the following:
    Halliday & Resnick
    Griffith's Quantum Mechanics
    Ryder's QFT (I have a reason for getting this over Schroeder or the Zee book)
    Access to most of my friend's books (everything from Hewitt's Conceptual Physics to MTW's Gravitation) but I want my own copies for a number of reasons

    Things I'm considering getting:
    Griffith's Electrodynamics
    Griffith's Particle book
    Goldstein & Poole Classical Mechanics
    Shankar's Quantum Mechanics
    Jackson's Electrodynamics
    Penrose Road to Reality*** not super serious but I've heard it's great.

    Everything above I've read through the opening chapters of and fortunately none of them really scare me as much as I thought they would (well the Jackson book....) I would put books like Gravitation on the list but I cannot find it in paperback or used for less than $50 =|

    I'm looking to get something that will be useful to me in the long term that I can get used or paperback/international for $50. I know that several of these books can be purchased for that much in those manners but I am unsure what I should get.

    Any recommendations? The limit in spending is because it is coming as a gift.
    Math texts would probably be good too
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  3. Jul 3, 2011 #2
    There's still a lot to like about Ryder's QFT book.

    MTW is somewhat impractical for self study, and there have been a zillion GR books written in the intervening 40 years. For a GR book, I see some used copies of Ohanian for $20 on Amazon. The emphasis is much more "physical" and much less geometrical. Or wait for a cheaper copy of Hartle, which I think is now the best introductory text. But Schutz is still good, and Ryder has weighed in with a text.

    Don't forget the http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-science-and-mathematics-physics.html.

    You could probably pick up cheaper older editions of Goldstein and Jackson. For mechanics, I like the conciseness of Landau & Lifschitz. But be careful, the Elsevier printings had a problem with unreadable fine print. BTW, I think Abebooks or Alibris are better than Amazon for getting exactly the the right edition and condition you want for used books.
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  4. Jul 3, 2011 #3
    I have yet to begin my Ryder text but this fall I'll be taking an independent study from it ^^; Will Griffith's text be enough preparation? I feel like I'm going to die even though I've heard it's slightly gentler as a text. What do you like about it?

    I don't plan on self studying MTW XDDD I'll wait until I'm through with the math required haha but I do plan on needing it is all.

    I use Abebooks and Alirbis as often as I look for textbooks (which is oddly quite often lately) I agree that they are both good sites as well. Do you have any issues with their international edition books?

    I think I may go with the Goldstein, I may also consider Marion...? I cannot remember but I believe it was another mechanics book that is used more frequently in undergraduate courses.

    Thanks a lot for your links to other books, I'll be sure to look into them soon!
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  5. Jul 4, 2011 #4
    I don't know Griffith's text, but I assume that, being a particle physics book, it deals more with phenomenology. I would recommend https://www.amazon.com/Gauge-Theori...648/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1309762446&sr=8-2" for a gentler introduction to QFT.

    He writes very clearly. That doesn't mean you'll understand everything, though.

    I can understand why you feel you might want such a classic text, but it's not where I'd start with GR.

    I've been afraid to take a chance on them. Mainly I worry about the quality of the paper, printing, and binding. Maybe they're not so bad.
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