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Engineering Best physics and other science books

  1. Sep 30, 2016 #1
    Hey guys. I'm Alex and I'm a 26 year old guy who just entered into University to get my Bachelor's degree in Electrotechnology with Computer Control, after 25 years of doing completely nothing this is my last chance to achieve something that I want, so I'm exited.
    But to the point, I live in Latvia and it doesn't have a great selection of science books(it has a couple of good ones tho), at least not as good as America's selection, and I've been blessed to understand the English language and this is a perfect time to use that blessing.
    So I need some recommendations on the reading material that will help me in my Electrical engineering journey and I'm willing to put my money on it.

    1. The way I see it a Physics book is a must, and I've been checking out the "The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Millennium Edition " which is a pretty hefty and expensive book but as I understand it's pretty good for anybody who want's to understand physics. Now, since this is only a "teaching" book I assume I also need a book that tests that knowledge, any suggestions on that?

    2. The next thing, or the first really, is a good math book because I've learned in the first week that I need to know math to understand physics.

    3. Like a good engineering or electrical engineering book that has a connection to my major, or something...

    4. Any kind of good science book that you really enjoyed, would also love to hear that.

    Any help is appreciated.
    Also, in this University the quality of my education heavily depends on my efforts outside the University just so you know. And I am a beginner and know nothing about science.
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  4. Sep 30, 2016 #3
    Yes. I know that but sadly I never enjoyed reading from the PC, it's harder to focus for some reason, so all my books are made from trees...
  5. Oct 1, 2016 #4
    Physics, I'll make it brief: get a (possibly used) copy of French "Newtonian Mechanics". Then find a used copy of Ohanian "Physics", the 2nd edition IMO is better than the other editions.

    Math, I can't help you: all modern introductory calculus books I've seen in the last years (decades?) make me puke. I can suggest something to read on the side: "What is mathematics?" bu Courant and Robbins. You will find a reprint of the 1947 edition (with commentary by Ian Stewart). There is a reason if it is still in print. I wish I had read it many years ago.

    Electronics... it's something modern, so, here's a 1972 book: "Integrated Electronics" by Jacob Millman. Millman wrote the same book in four different 'flavors', during the years but instead of using a different edition number, he changed the title: Electronic Devices (1967 - device oriented), "Integrated Electronics" (1972, analog oriented), "Electronic Fundamentals and Applications" (1976, circuit oriented - it's a much shorter version of the previous one) and Microelectronics (1979, 1988, digital oriented). Get at least one of them, you can find them for a few cents plus shipping. It is old. It uses somewhat unusual conventions. It is not up to date. But it is a must read.
    Other more modern titles you can find in one of my latest answers in this very forum.
    Like Yoda speaking, I am.

    Good science reads in general? French's "Vibrations and Waves". You will come back here to thank me for bringing this jewel to your attention. "The art of electronics", now in its third edition. "Signals ans Systems" by Oppenheim and Schaefer or Wilsky, you can find it used for a fistful of rice (I bought the 2nd edition like new for 1 cent).

    Oh, man. Let me stop here.
  6. Oct 3, 2016 #5
    So I got impatient and bought 7 books that cost me 145.00 euros, which is allot of money for me, and everyone around me thinks I'm crazy now...
    4 of these are science books, which are: Feynman Lectures on Physics: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat v. 1., Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice., Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics., Engineering Mathematics by KA. Stroud,.

    3 are Sci Fi(couldn't resist...): Dune, Hyperion and Neuromancer.

    And I still need 2 and 3 volume to complete the Feynman collection...
    So did I screw up or will these do?
  7. Oct 4, 2016 #6
    I'll definitely check them out, and probably get one when I order Feynman's second and third volumes. What about chemistry?
  8. Oct 4, 2016 #7
    For chemistry I can only speak of my tastes.

    Atkins and Jones, "Chemical Principles, the quest for insight", to begin with
    Oxtoby, "Chemical Principles" as a less colorful textbook
    McQuarrie, Simon, "Physical Chemistry, a molecular approach" to build a bridge between chemistry and quantum physics.
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