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Best Quantum Text: Shankar or Sakurai?

Best Linear Algebra Text: Axler or Friedberg?

Best Real Analysis Text: Rudin or Royden?

Best Electromag Text: Griffiths or Purcell or should i just move straight into Jackson?

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Best Quantum Text: Shankar or Sakurai?

Best Linear Algebra Text: Axler or Friedberg?

Best Real Analysis Text: Rudin or Royden?

Best Electromag Text: Griffiths or Purcell or should i just move straight into Jackson?

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I'm reading Shankar right now and am purely amazed. Yet, I was looking at Sakurai's ToC and it looks like he's disclosing only some of the deepest concepts in QM while Shankar is very broad (and deep for that matter). So Shankar is, given my opinion, winning the contest :)

Thanks for linear algebra texts!

Thanks for linear algebra texts!

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Shankar and Sakurai are pitched at different levels, Shankar being the gentler introduction, but still quite modern. Sakurai expects you've already had the standard undergrad QM course (e.g. experience solving Schroedinger's equation; familiarity with spin and angular momentum in QM). I'd start with Shankar.

I've hardly made a survey of analysis books, but I really like the layout of

Johnsonbaugh & Pfaffenberger (ISBN 0486421740), and it's cheap.

For E&M, you definitely don't want to start with Jackson. http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-science-and-mathematics-physics-electromagnetism--electricity--waves.html [Broken]: Schwartz (my own favorite), Panofsky & Philips, Cook, and several others. The undergrad text we used was Nayfeh & Brussel, which is outstanding for its numerous worked examples.

If you're not bothered about the ethics of it, you can get tons of math and physics ebooks (I've seen all the books you mention except Purcell, Royden, and Friedberg) via torrents at mininova.org. I always buy a hardcopy if I like a book anyway.

I've hardly made a survey of analysis books, but I really like the layout of

Johnsonbaugh & Pfaffenberger (ISBN 0486421740), and it's cheap.

For E&M, you definitely don't want to start with Jackson. http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-science-and-mathematics-physics-electromagnetism--electricity--waves.html [Broken]: Schwartz (my own favorite), Panofsky & Philips, Cook, and several others. The undergrad text we used was Nayfeh & Brussel, which is outstanding for its numerous worked examples.

If you're not bothered about the ethics of it, you can get tons of math and physics ebooks (I've seen all the books you mention except Purcell, Royden, and Friedberg) via torrents at mininova.org. I always buy a hardcopy if I like a book anyway.

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I am using Axler right now and it's okay. I haven't used any other linear algebra texts before though, so I don't really have any basis for comparison.

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i am now writing aniother short phd prep book, covering same stuff as my webnotes on grqd algebra but in 1/3 the number of pages.

my linear algebra book is 14 pages. i recommend it to any sgtrong student willing to do the exercises of filling in the proofs.

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if one goes through your linear algebra book, has he basically achieve proficiency in the subject?

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