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Best physics textbooks for self-study

  1. Nov 4, 2009 #1
    Greetings all,

    Which textbooks do you recommend for self-study of

    1. quantum physics
    2. relativity, both special and general
    3. cosmology/astrophysics

    Please take into account that I am a masters student in pure math, so "mathematical maturity" is not an issue (hopefully). Otherwise, I have basic knowledge of basic physics but practically no knowledge of advanced physics.

    Thank you for your input.
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2009 #2

    nicksauce

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    What is your current level of physics? (How much E&M / Class Mech Have you done? Thermodynamics / Stat mech?)
     
  4. Nov 4, 2009 #3
    I've taken basic classical mechanics and thermodynamics. I know practically nothing about E&M and statistical mechanics.
     
  5. Nov 4, 2009 #4

    nicksauce

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    My opinion:

    Shankar or Griffiths for Quantum Mechanics, French for Special Relativity, Carroll for General Relativity (but you'll need a bit of Lagrangian mechanics and E&M background first), Carroll&Ostlie for Astro
     
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