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Need a list of good books from general to specialized topics

  1. Jan 17, 2012 #1
    need a list of books for general reference for the future. currently a master level engineering student, I went through undergrad with some confusing books and I want to acquire some modern books on individual topics that are well received.

    for specialized topics, I am in need of introductory or general approach books into these topics. I paid a trip to libraries and most of the books I found either require a lot of previous knowledge or are too old for current generation to understand.

    here are a list of topics I am looking for

    I think there's a good list of common recommendations and if you have it please post it here thanks.

    mechanics:
    continuum mechanics
    fluid mechanics
    computational mechanics
    biomechanics

    mathematics:
    numerical methods
    finite element
    smooth particle hydrodynamics

    general college materials for personal references
    physics:
    general physics 1st year

    mathematics:
    numerical analysis
    linear algebra
    calculus
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
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  3. Jan 28, 2012 #2
    bump, just looking for a list of reference books
     
  4. Mar 16, 2012 #3
    For Fluid Mechanics I recommend Cengel, Cimbala, a good introductory book.

    If you need something more "hardcore", then Batchelor's Introduction to Fluid Dynamics is your book. I would buy this book for future reference, because price is acceptable and it is considered "the bible" of fluids. I don't really understand how that book can be named "an introduction", cause it's far from just an introduction...

    Should you need a book on fluid mechanics applied to compressible flow, then I strongly recommend Anderson's Modern Compressible Flow and Shapiro's Dynamics on Compressible Fluid Flow

    I disrecommend White's Fluid Mechanics for being way too basic.

    For Continuum Mechanics, well, I know this "Handbook of Continuum Mechanics" from the french Ecole Polytechnique. Excellent book, but I advise you that it's really "hardcore", and given the price (more than 300$) I wouldn't buy it unless I had to became a real expert on the topic.

    For general physics, of course, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics". Also the "Berkeley Physics Course".

    Linear Algebra -> "Hoffman, Kunze" or "Strang"

    Calculus -> Knowing you are a graduate student (you already dealt with calculus some years ago) I recommend you go for the classic ones: Spivak and Apostol.
     
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