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Best physics textbooks for self-study

  • Thread starter Martin_G
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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.
 

nicksauce

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

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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