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  1. Jun 21, 2007 #1
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  3. Jul 2, 2007 #2
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  4. Jul 21, 2007 #3
    are these legal?
  5. Jul 22, 2007 #4
    Usually redistribution seems to be prohibited, but they are meant to be downloaded, legally and for free, from where their authors want them to be downloaded.
  6. Jul 22, 2007 #5
    Nice links. Thanks very much.
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  8. Aug 3, 2007 #7
    You'll find lots of great, classic textbooks from this archive:


    They seem to have their copyrights expired, due to the age of original publication, so I think they are all legal. Still very useful for most purposes.
  9. Aug 9, 2007 #8
    The books are great. Thanks for sharing those wonderful links.
  10. Aug 13, 2007 #9


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    There are 2 old books (Messiah and Cohen-Tannoudji et al.) and one (very) new one (Manoukian) which are very thick and full of information. But no, even all 3 of them together don't add up to 5000 pages...:D
  11. Aug 19, 2007 #10
    Is "Quantum Field Theory" by Ryder a good introductory book on qft?
  12. Aug 19, 2007 #11


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    I'd say it's an excellent book on QFT, but make sure you read Griffiths's particle phyiscs text b4.
  13. Aug 20, 2007 #12
    Is Griffith's book "An Intorduction to Quantum Mechanics" or is it called something else?
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    No its called "Introduction to elementary particles"
  15. Sep 27, 2007 #14
    griffiths did write a few books... to clarify the last post i believe was saying that the book by griffiths about elementary particles should not be confused with his intro to QM book. he did write that also. hope that helps.
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  17. Nov 20, 2007 #16


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    When posting links in this thread, please ensure that only LEGALLY available downloads are included on the site. If a site doesn't have an explicit statement regarding copyright policy on the books offered (i.e., permission from the publisher to read but not redistribute, or only offering books that are old enough to be out of copyright, or have been made available with permission from the publisher/author), we're going to take the cautious approach of deleting the link.
  18. Mar 10, 2008 #17
    nice topic
    also i recommended this
    download a very nice text(pdf format) in physics and math with history
  19. Jan 28, 2009 #18
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    Sadly, the following phrase on the front page is a stumbling block with parents and school boards:

    "Exploring these questions with this text will provide at least as much pleasure as making love."

    The more conservative parents and board members would likely wonder what a phrase like that is doing in a book targeted toward "...curious men, women, boys and girls."
  20. Jan 28, 2009 #19
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    This is an excellent book, thanks for posting it :)
  21. Jan 29, 2009 #20
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    Yeah. I am not conservative by any means, but even I am wondering why the hell one would put that statement there. :rofl:
  22. Feb 7, 2009 #21
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    Thanks. I see the site also hosts many other texts in other fields.
  23. Feb 11, 2009 #22
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    maybe it comes from Feynman:

    "Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it."
  24. Feb 14, 2009 #23
    Free physics textbook/material

    Could someone please give some sources where we can obtain free physics textbooks. Also could somebody please tell me good physics websites that give you interesting and understandable information and some computer websites that help you learn about them from the basics to the higher levels.
  25. Feb 14, 2009 #24
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    Many thanks rakesh_kpn, this should be really useful for me!!!!!!!!
  26. Feb 15, 2009 #25
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    Thanks! It's looks very usefull for me
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