Textbook Recommendations for Thermodynamics

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Hello there,
Can anybody recommend me a good thermodynamics textbook? I prefer the ones that have a deep or complete (if possible) discussion about the theoretical aspect of thermodynamics, and the mathematical aspect as well.

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The classic physics texts are
Callen Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics
Reif Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermophysics

I have also enjoyed
Becker Theory of Heat
Pippard Classical Thermodynamics
Slater Chemical Physics
Goodstein States of Matter
Waldram The theory of Thermodynamics
Fermi Thermodynamics

Physics, Chemistry and Engineering all approach the topic from different perspectives.
 
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I'll add Ralph Baierlein, Thermal Physics.
 
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What about the Landafshitz volume 5?
 
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I'd say the top two undergraduate engineering texts are:
Moran, Shapiro - Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics
Cengel, Boles - thermodynamics

I'd also second Callen - Thermodynamics and statics

Some others that are a little more focused on stat mech / thermal physics:

Gould, Tobochnik - Statistical and Thermal physics
Kittel, Kroemer - Thermal Physics
Schroeder - Intro to thermal
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I'd say the top two undergraduate engineering texts are:
Moran, Shapiro - Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics
Cengel, Boles - thermodynamics

I'd also second Callen - Thermodynamics and statics

Some others that are a little more focused on stat mech / thermal physics:

Gould, Tobochnik - Statistical and Thermal physics
Kittel, Kroemer - Thermal Physics
Schroeder - Intro to thermal
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I see, thank you for your recommendation. I'm more interested in the ones that focus more on the physics ones, so maybe I'll give the thermal physics one.
 
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I'll add Ralph Baierlein, Thermal Physics.
does this book also come with the solution manual to help a self-taught learner like me?
 
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The classic physics texts are
Callen Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics
Reif Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermophysics

I have also enjoyed
Becker Theory of Heat
Pippard Classical Thermodynamics
Slater Chemical Physics
Goodstein States of Matter
Waldram The theory of Thermodynamics
Fermi Thermodynamics

Physics, Chemistry and Engineering all approach the topic from different perspectives.
from those lists you gave me, which should I read first?
 
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does this book also come with the solution manual to help a self-taught learner like me?
You may want to move away from solutions at this point. They do more harm than good in the long run. Especially with a class such as thermal dynamics that is not the introductory physics sequence...
 
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from those lists you gave me, which should I read first?
Everyone thinks there is a best book. I think there is a best book FOR YOU. You need to look at the books and find the ones that speak to you. That being said.

I would start with Fermi. It is a short quick read. Use it to get an idea of the field.
Take a look at Callen, Reif, Becker, Pippard, Baierlein and Waldram (and books recommended by others). See which one speaks to you and spend some serious time with it.
Reread Fermi. You will now be able to appreciate some of the subtleties.
If you want to continue, pick another from the list which now includes Slater and Goodstein.
 
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Everyone thinks there is a best book. I think there is a best book FOR YOU. You need to look at the books and find the ones that speak to you. That being said.

I would start with Fermi. It is a short quick read. Use it to get an idea of the field.
Take a look at Callen, Reif, Becker, Pippard, Baierlein and Waldram (and books recommended by others). See which one speaks to you and spend some serious time with it.
Reread Fermi. You will now be able to appreciate some of the subtleties.
If you want to continue, pick another from the list which now includes Slater and Goodstein.
I see. okay, I would take a look at the books and see which suits me well. Thank you
 
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What about the Landafshitz volume 5?
That's among the best of all thermo/stat texts. Also note vols. IX and X
 
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