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The Best Textbooks Thread

  1. Dec 4, 2004 #1
    it seems that there are alot of threads on which textbooks are best for varius subjects (mainly physics and calculus). so, i started this thread to see everyones view on the best textbooks for subjects related to physics. i'll try to make a list of the best ones for each subject. so, tell us your favorite text books.



    Quantum Mechanics:

    Gravitation - By Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler

    also tell what subjects to add.
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  3. Dec 4, 2004 #2
    Let me start with the best textbooks in physics:
    Definitely the list will include
    Physics, by John Cutnell and Kenneth Johnson
    University Physics, by Hugh D Young
    Fundamentals of Physics, by Resnick et al

    I would also like to see also some posts on Computer Science textbooks, like Computer Architecture, Programming, Software Engineering, and other topics.
  4. Dec 4, 2004 #3
    Physics, Ohanian is pretty good
  5. Dec 7, 2004 #4
    Computer Science textbooks

    Ohanian book is also very good.

    Some excellent Computer Science textbooks could be:

    Peter Norton's New Inside the PC, by Peter Norton,

    Computer Architecture:
    The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software, by Irv Englander,
    Structured Computer Architecture, by Andrew Tanenbaum,

    C++: How To Program, by Deitel and Deitel;
    The C++ Programming Language, by Bjarne Stroustrup,

    Java: How To Program, by Deitel and Deitel;
    The Java Programming Language, by James Gosling,

    Computer Networks and Internets with Internet Applications, by Doug Comer,
    Computer Networks, by Andrew Tanenbaum,

    Artificial Intelligence:
    Artificial Intelligence, by Luger,
    Prolog programming for Artificial Intelligence, by Ivan Bratko,

    Operating Systems:
    Modern Operating Systems, by Andrew Tanenbaum,
    Operating Systems, by Deitel,

    Software Engineering:
    Software Engineering, a Practitioner's Approach
    Software Engineering, by Sommerville
    The Mythical Man Month, by Fred Brooks,

    Database Systems, by Elmasri
  6. Dec 7, 2004 #5
    From previous threads, these were some of the books recommended. They're for undergraduate level.

    Mechanics Symon

    Electromagnetic Fields ROnald K. Wangness

    There was another E&M book but i forget.

    The Art of Electronics is also a good one.
  7. Dec 7, 2004 #6


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    Yep I've also got Symons' Mechanics somewhere - a very good book.

    Theoretical Concepts in Physics by M.S. Longhair is another one of my favourites, it's diffcult to describe as it has a unique style and is really meant to act as a supplement tthe final year of a BSc, what it does iss examine the theoretical foundations, history and the most inetresting aspect of several important theories in a technical, but fun way!
  8. Dec 8, 2004 #7
    Abstract algebra: Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Gallian

    Linear algebra: Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler
  9. Dec 8, 2004 #8
    Are the "Schaum's Outlines" series for maths good?
  10. Dec 8, 2004 #9
    I would say for computer
    C++ Primer by lippman
    is good
    C++ the programming language
    Operating system gragne,silbersvich
    Algorithm Cormen
  11. Dec 9, 2004 #10
    Thinking in C++ - Bruce Eckel
  12. Dec 10, 2004 #11
    Object Oriented Analysis and Design:

    Object Oriented A&D, by Grady Booch,
    Design Patterns, by Erich Gamma et al.
  13. Dec 10, 2004 #12
    Does anyone know a book that provides A LOT of worked out problems for undergraute mechanics and electrodynamics?
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    Look for the Schaum's Outlines series, or Schaum's solved problem series.
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    Some Physics Related Areas :

    Q. Mech : Cohen-Tannoudji et al; Sakurai
    Stat Mech : Pathria; Hwang
    Class Mech : Goldstein; Jose & Saletan
    Class Fields : Landau & Lif$hitz
    Math Methods in Physics : Morse & Feschbach; Arfken & Weber; Spiegel
    E&M : Griffiths; Jackson
    Solid State Physics : Ashcroft & Mermin; Kittel
    Device Physics : Paul Davies; Sze
    Electronics : Horowitz & Hill
    Vacuum Physics : Roth
    Basic Physics : Resnick et al
    Basic Physics Problems : Irodov; Thompson (Thinking Like a Physicist)
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    Two of my books I liked:
    Newman, J. Marine Hydrodynamics
    White, E. Viscous Fluid Flow
  17. Dec 16, 2004 #16
    hi ,
    Quantum Physics :
    Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol 3 : Feynman ;
    General Physics :
    Concepts of Physics : vol I , Vol II : H.C.Verma : This is really nice
    Mathematics :
    Problems and Theorems in Analysis : vol I , II : G.Polya,G.Szego.
    Topics in Algebra : I.N.Herstein.
    Java :
    thinking in Java : Bruce Eckels.
    Theory of computation : Michael Sipser
  18. Jul 4, 2005 #17


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    Algebra: Michael Artin, dummitt and foote, lang.

    Calculus: Tom Apostol, spivak, courant.

    calculus on manifolds, mike spivak.

    differential geometry, mike spivak.

    differential topology, john milnor, guillemin and pollack, hirsch.

    de rham cohomology and characteristic classes: bott and tu, milnor and stasheff

    morse theory: milnor

    singular points of complex hypersurfaces: milnor

    algebraic curves: walker, fulton, j.p. serre (algebraic groups and class fields)

    algebraic varieties and schemes: mumford, kempf, hartshorne.

    curves and abelian integrals: riemann, werke; george kempf, notes from mexico, griffiths notes from china, book by arbarello, cornalba, griffiths and harris. mumford michigan lectures, AMS book by rick miranda.

    algebraic surfaces: beauville; barth, peters, van de ven.

    vector bundles on surfaces: robert friedman.

    curves on surfaces: mumford.

    higher dimensional varieties: kolla'r and mori

    complex analysis: henri cartan.

    several complex variables: gunning and rossi.

    real analysis: zygmund and wheeden.

    complex abelian varieties: birkenhake and lange
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  19. Jul 4, 2005 #18
    mathbio: keshet
    mathneurosci: Kerstner
    Reinforcement Learning: Sutton Barto
    Simulations/Math Modeling: Computational Beauty of Nature By Gary Flake.
  20. Jul 4, 2005 #19
    The authors were Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill. We used to call it "Horrific and Hill". One of the worst textbooks I ever encountered. Each to his own. :smile:

    My favourites:

    Special Relativity: Mermin (the best writer among physicists)
    General Relativity: MTW (desert island book)
    Statistical Mechanics: Tolman
    Cosmology: Harrison
    Number Theory: LeVeque
    Analysis: Shilov
    Quantum Theory: Bohm
    Physics in general: Landau/Lif****z series
    Stellar Remnants: Shapiro/Teukolsky
  21. Jul 10, 2005 #20


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    Physics-related math: Baez and Muniain
    Distribution Theory: Friedlander
    Special Relativity: Dixon
    General Relativity: Synge, Wald
    Mathematical Physics: Thirring
    Electronics: Horowitz and Hill
    Basic Physics: Feynman Lectures
    E&M: Jackson, LL (Electrodynamics of Continuous Media)
    Fluid and Plasma Physics: Rai Choudhuri
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