Collection of Free Online Physics Books and Lecture Notes (Part 2)

In summary, this is part 2 of a thread that collects free online math books and lecture notes. It focuses on physics and mathematical methods for physics resources. The thread is a work in progress and welcomes feedback on what should be included or if any links are broken. The resources cover subjects such as introductory college/university physics, mathematical physics, analytical mechanics, thermodynamics/statistical physics/statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, special and general relativity, quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, conformal field theory, string theory, and astrophysics and cosmology. Some notable authors and their lecture notes are also mentioned.
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This is part 2 of my thread Collection of Free Online Math Books and Lecture Notes
Here, we will consider physics and mathematical methods for physics resources.

Now, this is a work in progress. Please feel free comment regarding items you want to be included, or if a link is broken etc.
Note: I will not post links to other collections, each link will point you to a single item.

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Mathematical physics / Mathematical methods in physics

Quantum Theory, Groups and Representations, Woit

https://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/QM/qmbook.pdf
More info: https://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/

Lecture notes for Mathematical physics, Minahan
https://www.physics.uu.se/digitalAssets/405/c_405910-l_3-k_notes_v3.pdf

Lie Algebras in Particle physics, Georgi
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...0/lie-algebras-particle-physics-howard-georgi

Group Theory for the Standard Model of Particle Physics and Beyond, Barnes
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...dard-model-particle-physics-beyond-ken-barnes

Mathematical methods for the Physical Sciences, Copley
https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.2478/9783110409475/html?lang=en

Mathematical tools for physics, Nearing
https://www.amazon.com/dp/113805688X/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Mathematics for theoretical physics, Dutailly
https://arxiv.org/abs/1209.5665
Version with table of contens: https://www.physicsforums.com/threa...and-lecture-notes-part-2.1048659/post-6839208

Introductory Classical Mechanics

Analytical Mechanics

Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics, Cline

http://ion.uwinnipeg.ca/~afrey/FW20...onal_Principles_in_Classical_Mechanics_2e.pdf

Fluid Mechanics

Thermodynamics / Statistical physics / Statistical mechanics

Statistical Physics, Van Hees (vanhees71)

https://itp.uni-frankfurt.de/~hees/publ/stat.pdf

Lecture Notes on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Arovas
https://courses.physics.ucsd.edu/2010/Spring/physics210a/LECTURES/210_COURSE.pdf

Electromagnetism

Optics

Solid state physics / Condensed matter physics
Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics, Lecture notes by Luigi Del Debbio

https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~ldeldebb/QM.html

Symmetries of Quantum Mechanics, Lecture notes by Luigi Del Debbio
https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~ldeldebb/GS.html

Lecture notes on Quantum Mechanics, Greensite
http://stanford.edu/~oas/SI/QM/papers/QMGreensite.pdf

Lecture notes of Quantum Mechanics, Essler
http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/FabianEssler/QM/QM2019.pdf

Quantum Mechanics - Lecture notes, Schomerus
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/staff/schomeru/lecturenotes/Quantum Mechanics/

Geometrical Quantum Mechanics - Lecture notes, Bob Geroch
https://uchicago.box.com/s/lsj4uf3mqbv8fvnaml3hfx7femoftjt7
More info: http://home.uchicago.edu/~geroch
Support the Minkowski institute who have published many of the authors lecture notes as (cheap) e-books
https://minkowskiinstitute.org/ebookstore/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/113805688X/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Atomic and molecular physics
Nuclear physics
Quantum information / Quantum computation

Quantum Computing for the curious, Hughes et. al

https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-030-61601-4.pdf
Special and General Relativity

Special relativity, Edwin F. Taylor & John Archibald Wheeler

http://www.eftaylor.com/spacetimephysics/

Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity, Edwin F. Taylor & John Archibald Wheeler
http://www.eftaylor.com/exploringblackholes/

Joe’ relatively small book of special relativity
https://www.physics.uu.se/digitalAssets/405/c_405910-l_3-k_specrel.pdf

General relativity and cosmology, Minahan
https://www.physics.uu.se/digitalAssets/405/c_405910-l_3-k_lectures_all.pdf

Relativity Theory, Mickelsson (our own Orodruin has been involved here)
https://www.kth.se/social/files/58233621f276544d5a722051/rel.pdf

Special relativity, Van Hees (vanhees71)
https://itp.uni-frankfurt.de/~hees/pf-faq/srt.pdf

Sean Carroll
Lecture Notes on General Relativity – Sean Carroll (preposterousuniverse.com)

Lecture Notes on General Relativity, Blau
http://www.blau.itp.unibe.ch/newlecturesGR.pdf
More info: http://www.blau.itp.unibe.ch/GRLecturenotes.html

Lecture Notes on General Relativity, Bob Geroch
https://uchicago.box.com/s/x4fi21zy1xnvja2j32vzlnjp7wo9802m
More info: http://home.uchicago.edu/~geroch
Support the Minkowski institute who have published many of the authors lecture notes as (cheap) e-books
https://minkowskiinstitute.org/ebookstore/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/113805688X/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Quantum Field Theory

Srednicki

http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/ms-qft-DRAFT.pdf (Draft of published text)
More info: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html

Siegel
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/Fields4.pdf (also contain some string theory, supergravity and such)
More info: http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/

Sidney Coleman
https://arxiv.org/abs/1110.5013v5

Minahan
https://www.physics.uu.se/digitalAssets/405/c_405910-l_3-k_wholeshebang_hyper.pdf

Philipsen
https://itp.uni-frankfurt.de/~philipsen/homepage_files/ral.pdf

Simmons
https://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bds10/tp3.html (condensed matter field theory, most files are in .ps format so perhaps you need a special program to open them, like ghostview)

Van Baal
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-mono/10.1201/b15364/course-field-theory-pierre-van-baal

Van Hees (vanhees71)
https://itp.uni-frankfurt.de/~hees/publ/lect.pdf

Lecture Notes on Quantum Field Theory, Bob Geroch
https://uchicago.box.com/s/yr273aa9qjel9j31bt7patiizv4m94wu
More info: http://home.uchicago.edu/~geroch
Support the Minkowski institute who have published many of the authors lecture notes as (cheap) e-books
https://minkowskiinstitute.org/ebookstore/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/113805688X/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Chatterjee - Introduction to Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians
https://souravchatterjee.su.domains/qft-lectures-combined.pdf

Balin & Love
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...bx&refId=fb993d82-e473-4daf-8fa9-cd67720ce439

A summary on Solitons in Quantum field theory
http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:935529/FULLTEXT01.pdf
Elementary Particle Physics

An Introduction to Particle Physics and the Standard Model, Robert Mann

https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...n-particle-physics-standard-model-robert-mann

The Standard Model and Beyond, Langacker
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-mono/10.1201/b22175/standard-model-beyond-paul-langacker

Gauge Theories in Particle physics, Aitchison & Hey
vol 1: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...bx&refId=4a0c2dd2-90aa-45a9-a906-851c836ffdc9
vol 2: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books...bx&refId=795aaf12-6150-43ca-a7a7-9da7144b6074

Supersymmetry and the MSSM: An elementary introduction
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0505105

A Supersymmetry primer, Martin
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9709356
Conformal Field Theory

Applied conformal field theory, Ginsparg

https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028v1

Conformal field theory survival kit, Flohr
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228807130_Conformal_Field_Theory_Survival_Kit

A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Efthimiou & Spector
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0003190v1

Ads/CFT Duality user guide, Natsuume
https://arxiv.org/abs/1409.3575

String Theory

String theory, Israel

https://www.lpthe.jussieu.fr/~israel/notes.pdf

An introduction to String theory, Wray
https://math.berkeley.edu/~kwray/papers/string_theory.pdf

BUSSTEPP Lectures on String Theory, Szabo
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0207142

String Field Theory - A Modern Introduction, Erbin
https://arxiv.org/abs/2301.01686
Astrophysics and Cosmology

Astronomy Openstax

https://openstax.org/details/books/astronomy-2e

Elements of Astrophysics, Kaiser
https://home.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/kaiser/lectures/elements.pdf

The Fundamentals of Stellar Astrophysics, Collins
http://bifrost.cwru.edu/personal/collins/AstroBook/

Introduction to Astrophysical radiation transfer, Rutten
https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/astro/AST4310/h16/pensumliste/iart.pdf

Dynamics and Astrophysics of galaxies, Bovy
https://galaxiesbook.org/

Fundamentals of Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution, Ferreras
https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/84077

 
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Great list!!!

BUSSTEPP Lectures on String Theory, Szabo
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0207142
Will add later today
 
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A large collection of free lectures is given also at the 't Hooft's page:
https://www.goodtheorist.science/
Yeah I know, I have it in my to-do list to go over it - since many links are broken as of today.
 
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Mathematics for theoretical physics, Dutailly
https://arxiv.org/abs/1209.5665

The only math-for-physics book I am aware that starts with Foundations (Logic, Set Theory and Categories).

Unfortunately it doesn't have the table of contents, so I downloaded the LaTeX source and added the table of contents, and also made the letters bigger and margins smaller. The result is attached.
 

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Added both, thanks demyst
 
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Wish it had more pages
It will probably reach 1000 this year.
 
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Thanks @robphy ! Will fix
The error occurs twice. Look at the second Taylor reference.
 
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The error occurs twice. Look at the second Taylor reference.
I was drunk, think I got it now
 
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Here are some notes by
 
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Looks interesting, but why does it start with special relativity?
The text deals with nuclear reactions, such as beta decay where the emitted electrons have relativistic speeds
 
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The text deals with nuclear reactions, such as beta decay where the emitted electrons have relativistic speeds
But this is only a small part of the book, so it's not that special relativity is needed for most of the book. Usually one starts with a chapter that is a prerequisite for most of the rest of the book. It would make more sense to put special relativity into an appendix.
 
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But this is only a small part of the book, so it's not that special relativity is needed for most of the book. Usually one starts with a chapter that is a prerequisite for most of the rest of the book. It would make more sense to put special relativity into an appendix.
I totally agree, but I am not the author.
What about spin?
 
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What about spin?
What do you mean?
 
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What do you mean?
Book treats relativistic dirac equation too.

This book also evolved to include a lot of additional material that I thought would be appropriate for a physically-literate engineer. There are chapters on relativity, numerical methods, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, electromagnetism, and nuclei.

Perhaps the author should consider chaning the title of the text instead ;)

Feedback can be e-mailed at quantum@dommelen.net
 
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