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Modern Physics textbook - Suggestions?

  1. Mar 3, 2006 #1
    Back when I was in college I used "Modern Physics" by Paul Tipler. It seemed like a good book (and it helped to have a good teacher.) This book was copyright 1978 by Worth Publishers; I took it to be a 2nd edition since it was a revision of Tipler's 1969 "Foundation of Modern Physics".

    Recently I decided to buy an updated version of this book: I found that the latest version is from W.H. Freeman & Co.

    A 3rd and 4th edition seem to be currently available. I was thinking about buying one of these new editions. Any thoughts? Is the 4th edition really worth paying the extra $$$ for?

    Also, would anyone reccomend that I not get Tipler, but rather other modern physics books, such as:

    Modern Physics by Raymond A. Serway

    Modern Physics by Kenneth S. Krane

    Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition by John Taylor

    Modern Physics by Jeremy Bernstein

    Concepts of Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser

    Any suggestions or thoughts would be much appreciated!


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  3. Mar 4, 2006 #2


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    To what would you use any of these books?

  4. Mar 8, 2006 #3
    I'm curious about this too. Are you getting it for review purposes? Are you teaching a class? I would recommend different books for different reasons.
  5. Mar 12, 2006 #4
    We use Taylor's book, and I think its pretty good. Its more expensive than some of the others though.
  6. Jul 24, 2006 #5

    does any have the TIPLER 5Âșth ed. digital format like pdf? please if anybody have it please contact me at pablo_artusi@hotmail.com
  7. Apr 17, 2007 #6


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    An old thread but:
    It caught my eye because I also used Tippler's 1978 version in school. I recently picked up a copy of Serway, Moses, Moyer because I actually had Serway as a professor.
    They pretty much cover the same material. Serway's explains some of it a little better. The problems though are a little more absract meaning at best they make you think outside the box and at worst you do not understand what they are asking until you work it backwords from the answer.
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