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Florian Geyer

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I hope this message will find you all well,

I have came across a brand new textbook on quantum mechanics by J. D. Jackson, not his previous book (mathematics for quantum mechanics) but a new one edited by another physicist based on his lecture notes... I first thought that since it is written by a tested physicist who had written a bible in another subject, the book must be an excellent one, but then I doubted, because the previous is not a sufficient evidence, it is just a thought.

The previous sparked some questions I decided to put them here.

a) First how can I find some resources which discuss textbooks and their strengths and weaknesses? until now I am using the following methods:

- Searching on the internet (only on websites of experts like this forum).

- Looking for some reviews published on physics journal and read them, but the problem here is that I know too little on these journals and their sections dedicated for this kind of review.

b) The second question is just a generalization of the previous one, which is, is my current method of choosing textbook good? I do the following to choose between textbooks:

- In addition to the ways I have mentioned in my previous question, I do:

- Reading textbooks preface.

- Reading some reviews professors publish on their websites. (I remember only two examples right now, which are the one by G. t'Hooft, and the other by Baez.

- Previewing (if I couldn't choose between some textbooks which is better for me based on the previous criteria).

Any suggestion, notes, suggested adjustments, or additional methods will be highly valued.

With all respect.