I'll be honest here. I recently graduated with an undergrad degree in Mechanical Engineering (top marks, too), but I'm having some doubts about it as a career path and part of me misses the fun of pure Physics. Anyway, I'll be pursuing engineering for now, but on the side I'd like to read up on some Physics. I pulled out my old book, which I thought was okay, but found that Physics for Scientists by Fishbane/Gasiorowicz/Thornton has low ratings. I'd like some recommendations for good books to read. You can help me with what topics I should read about, too. I want a good grasp of practical and conceptual Physics, as well as a window (or more) into the more nitty-gritty. I think I'd first want to review general Physics (w/ calculus, of course). Then the next topics I guess are light, E&M, Thermo, and QM. I've seen a few books recommended and I'll list them here. Please add to my list. Mechanics - Simon Introduction to Electrodynamics - Griffiths Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory - Reitz/Milford/Christy Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - Griffiths Introductory Quantum Mechanics - Liboff Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences - Boas I'm also open to any "brief introductory" books, as well as they aren't too dumbed down. I really want to understand this universe! I'm sorry if this request is too general, but I want a solid foundation.