• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products Here!

Math student want to study physics

  • Thread starter kahlid
  • Start date
  • #1
1
0

Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi,

I am a PhD student majoring in abstract algebra and I want to learn physics_self-study_, what books do you recommend ?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
22,097
3,282
Hi,

I am a PhD student majoring in abstract algebra and I want to learn physics_self-study_, what books do you recommend ?
What physics do you already know and what do you want to know?
 
  • #3
IGU
267
64
Depending on how much you suffer from mathematician's brain, you might like Spivak's Physics for Mathematicians. The notes the book developed from are here.

The problem with learning physics for a mathematician is that it's very hard to get comfortable with believing things just because they seem to work. No proof is needed, because if it works that is the proof. But Spivak gets rigorous in a way only a mathematician can enjoy.
 
  • #4
178
17
The problem with learning physics for a mathematician is that it's very hard to get comfortable with believing things just because they seem to work. No proof is needed, because if it works that is the proof.
Can you, please, provide some examples.
 
  • #5
22,097
3,282
I highly recommend against Spivak's physics book. The book is very awkward and disappointing. There are many good physics books out there, but Spivak is definitely not one of them.
 

Related Threads on Math student want to study physics

Replies
1
Views
551
  • Last Post
Replies
23
Views
22K
  • Last Post
Replies
15
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
3K
Replies
8
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
11
Views
6K
Replies
19
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
3K
Top