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Modern Physics Text: Any suggestions?

  1. May 13, 2008 #1
    If this is not the appropriate forum, I apologize. I just assume it is the forum where the people reading this will have the most insight on the matter.

    I am looking to purchase a modern physics text to study at my own pace. I have a fairly good understanding of calculus and ordinary differential equations along with classical physics (at least to the extent that I have completed these courses at my college).

    So far the only recommendation I have gotten has been Serway's Modern Physics. I have read some good reviews on it and also some terrible ones. In said terrible reviews, the name Tipler has come up as an alternative a few times.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks for your time
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  3. May 13, 2008 #2
    Modern physics is such a strange term, but I guess well recognized. Take a look at Eisberg & Resnick's Quantum Physics book. Might be good for you, might not.
  4. May 14, 2008 #3
    Sweet. Moved to the forum that absolutely nobody looks in.

    Resnick looks pretty good for me. I liked his text on classical.

    Any others?
  5. May 14, 2008 #4
    It's between this and Griffith's...
  6. May 14, 2008 #5
    Anyone else before I buy Resnick?
  7. May 14, 2008 #6
    We used Tipler in my class. The first couple chapters were decent, but it was all downhill from there. pretty awful book; go with Resnick.
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  9. May 14, 2008 #8
    People have mixed feelings about Resnick. What do you want to learn? There's modern physics for people who might not go on to proper quantum mechanics, relativity, etc. For those I might recommend another book.

    Try getting a copy from the library before you shell out money. People have mixed feelings about Eisberg/Resnick. I think it is a good book for what it aims to do, but there are people who try to pass senior QM using it, and that is not such a good idea. That said, I think it's a good deal.
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    I absolutely loved Eisberg and Resnick when I was an undergraduate. They take the time to explain the phyiscs and the math level is fairly basic, making it very good for self-study.

    But liking a book is extremely subjective. What you should definitely do is to go to a university library and get the book. If you can't borrow it, just go sit and spend a few hours reading it. Then you will see if that's a good fit for you.
  11. May 14, 2008 #10
    You're right, this is too subjective a question. Just like all of the reviews at Amazon, everyone in this thread has different complaints and compliments on the same books.

    I really liked Resnick's text on classical, so I think I will go with that.

    Thanks folks
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