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Bad books

  1. May 22, 2013 #1

    Demystifier

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    We usually talk about about good books, but we rarely talk about bad books. And that is good.

    But sometimes, we find that some book is so bad, so really bad, that we strongly want to tell this to the others. So I open this thread to inform others about science books which you find so bad that it needs to be told.

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    Here is my choice:
    T. Banks, Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction
    https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Quantum-Field-Theory-Introduction/dp/0521850827

    I've seen many textbooks on QFT, and for me this one is really the worst. From this book I was not able to understand even those things which otherwise I already understand pretty well.
     
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  3. May 22, 2013 #2

    WannabeNewton

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    Hobson, Efstathiou, "General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists"
    https://www.amazon.com/General-Relativity-Introduction-Physicists-Hobson/dp/0521829518
    I asked about this book ages back and eventually took a look at it. It is quite possibly the worst GR book I've ever read. The exposition is so confusing, the technical language is beyond hand-waved, and the math is butchered so much that it would surprise me if anyone ever chooses to use this book willingly.
     
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