The Best Textbooks Thread

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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.

Calculus:

Physics:

Quantum Mechanics:

Gravity:
Gravitation - By Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler

also tell what subjects to add.
 

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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.
 
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Hmmm..
Physics, Ohanian is pretty good
 
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Computer Science textbooks

Ohanian book is also very good.

Some excellent Computer Science textbooks could be:

Hardware:
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,

Programming:
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,

Networking:
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,

Databases:
Database Systems, by Elmasri
 
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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.
 
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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!
 
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Abstract algebra: Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Gallian

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

Object Oriented A&D, by Grady Booch,
Design Patterns, by Erich Gamma et al.
 
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Does anyone know a book that provides A LOT of worked out problems for undergraute mechanics and electrodynamics?
 
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Herb said:
Does anyone know a book that provides A LOT of worked out problems for undergraute mechanics and electrodynamics?

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
 
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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
 
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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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mathbio: keshet
mathneurosci: Kerstner
Reinforcement Learning: Sutton Barto
Simulations/Math Modeling: Computational Beauty of Nature By Gary Flake.
 
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Herb said:
The Art of Electronics is also a good one.

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
 
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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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cragwolf said:
Physics in general: Landau/Lif****z series

Ha, ha, I just noticed this. I can't write Lifsh1tz, just because I can't write sh1t. That is so lame and immature.
 
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It's easy... Landau/Lifshitz. :biggrin:
 
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Ah, like this!

Landau & Lifshitz.
 
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Yes, but writing Lifshitz in such a manner is tedious and gives me the shits. :zzz:
 
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