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Solid State Complementary books to the Greiner series?


What books would be good to complement the Greiner theoretical physics series?

Greiner covers Newtonian mechanics, analytical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics (at great length), relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, particle physics and nuclear physics.

I was thinking of two books:

(1) Thorne's "Modern Classical Physics" for optics, fluid dynamics, elastodynamics, plasma physics, general relativity, and introductory level cosmology and astrophysics.
(2) Chaikin's "Principles of Condensed Matter" for, well, condensed matter physics.

The one I'm most doubtful about is condensed matter physics. The Greiner books, especially the volume with statistical physics, touch a bit on condensed matter physics, but I suspect it wouldn't be enough education in condensed matter physics given the importance of the field today.

What do you guys think?


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Solid state physics (with its subtheories of theoretical electronics and semiconductor physics), mechanics of deformable media and theoretical optics are indeed left aside by the great book series. I would choose the book by Ch. Kittel for the first topic.

I chose the label "solid state" for this topic because there's no "condensed matter" label.

I imagine that Thorne's "Modern Classical Physics" and Chaikin's "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics" are good enough to cover both the classical and quantum parts of condensed matter physics. They seem to have the same depth and breadth that the Greiner books have in the treatment of their topics.

But since condensed matter physics is so far from my current frontier of knowledge in physics, I need help from people with knowledge and experience.

Dr Transport

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Chaikin, I believe does not touch anything with regards to symmetries in semiconductors which I would say is extremely important in condensed matter physics.

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