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  1. Jun 5, 2016 #1
    Hello, PF! I had been meaning for some time already to start a thread like this, in which we can share our personal, technical (math, physics, engineering) library (as a list or in pictures too), and also recommend your favorite textbooks or handbooks. Here is my collection so far, as a junior year chemical engineering major studying in México.

    Principles of Physical Chemistry by Maron and Prutton
    Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering by Himmelblau
    Transport Phenomena by BSL
    Chemical Reactor Omnibook by Levenspiel
    Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer by Incropera and Dewitt
    Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles by Geankoplis
    Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by Fogler

    My physical chemistry textbook is apparently out of print in the US and other countries, but it's a best seller in México. Personally, I find it better than Castellan's, Levine's or Atkins'. I learned chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium from it. BSL is a classic and needs no introduction. Geankoplis' book is a good reference for transport and my favorite book to learn unit operations (separation processes) from. I like it more than the classic MSH. The Omnibook is fun to read (it is presented as if it were handwritten) but I'm actually learning chemical reaction engineering from Fogler's. Fogler's is actually my favorite chemical engineering textbook right now.

    I'm also planning on getting an engineering mathematics textbook, and in the near future, a process/plant design textbook. Maybe even a process control book. Then Perry's and Crane TP410 after graduation (if I actually go into process engineering). Recommendations are welcome!

    Something else I wanted to share is that textbooks here are not as expensive as in other countries. I have bought all my textbooks new and I've spent approximately 2800 pesos (roughly 175 dollars) for my entire collection. Unfortunately, most people down here don't appreciate the value of textbooks.

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    Richard Feynman: Lectures on Physics
    Taylor: Mechanics
    Klepper and Kolenkow.
    Griffith: Introduction to Electrodynamics
    Kip: Fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism
    Purcell: Electricity and Magnetism

    I have a lot more math books.
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    Algebraic Topology Tammo tom Dieck
    Statistical Rule of Thumb Gerald Van Belle
    Functional Analysis Lax
    The structure of compact groups Hofmann, Morris
    Regular Polytopes Coxeter
    Fourier Analysis and its applications Folland
    Lectures on the Hyperreals Goldblatt
    Lattices and ordered sets Roman
    Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems Teschl
    Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator Algebras Vol I - IV Kadison, Ringrose
    Calculus of manifolds Spivak
    Sheaves in Geometry and Logic Mac Lane, Moerdijk
    Mathematical Topics between classics and quantum mechanics Landsman
    Algebra Vol I - III Cohn
    Topological Vector spaces, Distributions and Kernels Treves
    Differential Equations with Applications an Historical Notes Simmons
    Fourier-Mukai Transforms in Algebraic Geometry Huybrechts
    Index Analysis Lowen
    C* algebras by example Davidson
    Commutative Algebra Matsumura
    Harmonic Analysis Stein
    Feynman Lectures in Physics Feynman
    Abstract Harmonic Analysis Vol I - II Hewitt, Ross
    Real Analysis for Graduate Students Bass
    Basic Real Analysis Knapp
    Advanced Real Analysis Knapp
    An introduction to Lie groups and Lie algebras Kirillov
    Multi-Paradigm Programming Using C++ Vermeir
    Quantum Theory for mathematcians Hall
    Measure Theory and Fine properties of functions Evans, Gariepy
    Quantum Theory Bogaarts
    Probability Shiryaev
    Perspectives on Projective Geometry Ricther-Gebert
    An introduction to probability theory and its applications Vol I - II Feller
    Probability theory Klenke
    Molecular biology of the cell Alberts
    Geometry Vol I - II Berger
    Several Complex Variables Taylor
    Introduction to the mathematics of Fermat-Wiles Hellegouarch
    Abelian Categories with Applications to rings and modules Popescu
    SAS Statistics by example Cody
    Geometry: Euclid and beyond Hartshorne
    Complex Analysis Vol I - II Freitag, Busam
    Schaums Outliens of Statistics Spiegel
    Lectures on the Geometry of Manifolds Nicolaescu
    Smooth Manifolds Lee
    Riemannian Manifolds Lee
    Banach Bundles, Banach Modules and automorphisms of C*-algebras Dupre, Gillette
    Survival Analysis Klein, Moeschberger
    Differential Geometry Sharpe
    Linear Models Searle
    Structure and Geometry of Lie groups Hilgert, Neeb
    Elements Vol I - XIII Euclid
    Global Calculus Ramanan
    Basic Algebraic Geometry Vol I - II Shafarevich
    Topoi Goldblatt
    Constructive Analysis Bishop, Bridges
    Advanced Linear algebra Roman
    Lectures on Exercises on Functional Analysis Helemskii
    Visual Complex Analysis Needham
    Fundamentals of mathematics Vol I - III Behnke et al
    Differential geometry Kuhnel
    Mathematical Statistics with Resampling and R Chihara, Hesterberg
    Ideals, Varieties and algorithms Cox, Little, O'Shea
    Fundamentals of Physics Halliday Resnick Walker
    Vector Calculus, Linear algebra and differential forms Hubbard, Hubbard
    A guide to plane algebraic curves Kendig
    Elementary Algebraic Geometry Kendig
    Optimal design of experiments Goos, Jones
    Experiments: Design, Analysis and Optimization Hamada, Wu
    Modern Epidemiology Rothman et al
    Data Analysis using Regression and multilevel/hierarchical models Gelman, Hill
    Fundametals of modern statistical methods Wilcox
    Generalized Additive Models Wood
    Multivariate analysis Mardia Kent Bibby
    Bayesian and Frequentist Regression Models Wakefield
    Robust Statistics Maronna Martin Yohai
    100 statistical tests in R Lewis
    A comprehensive course in analysis Vol I - V Simon
    Designing experiments and analyzing data Maxwell, Delaney
    Bayesian Biostatistics Lesaffre, Lawson
    Bayesian Data Analysis Gelman et al
    Methods of Multivariate Analysis Rencher, Christensen
    Inside interesting integrals Nahin
    Information theory, inference and learning algorithms MacKay
    Matrix Analysis and applied linear algebra Meyer
    Learning SAS by Example Cody
    Classical Mechanics Gregory
    Practical Meta-Analysis Lipsey, Wilson
    Applied linear statistical models Kutner Neter
    Nonparametric Statistical Inference Gibbons, Chakraborti
    Time series analysis Hamilton
    Statistical Inference Casella Berger
    Multivariate Statistical Inference and applications Rencher
    Theory of Statistics Schervish
    An introduction to generalized linear models Dobson, Barnett
    Introduction to the theory of statistics Mood, Graybill, Boes
    Differential Geometry Vol I Spivak
    Probability and measure Billinsley
    Regression Fahrmeir, Kneib, Lang, Marx
    Fundamentals of mathematical logic Hinman
    The Art of R programming Matloff
    Differential Equations Ross
    Statistical Theory Lindgren
    Algebra Lang
    C*-algebras Dixmier
    Algebraic curves and Riemann surfaces Miranda
    A course in abstract Harmonic analysis Folland
    General Topology Kelley
    Differential geometry, Lie groups and Symmetric spaces Helgason
    Diffeology Iglesias-Zemmour
    Algebraic Geometry and arithmetic curves Liu
    Functional analysis Vol I Reed, Simon
    Hilbert space operators in quantum physics Blank, Exner Havlicek
    Functional analysis, Sobolev spaces and partiel differential equations Brezis
    Theories of generalizes functions Hoskins pinto
    An introduction to homological algebra Rotman
    An introduction to mechanics Kleppner Kolenkow
    Basic algebra Knapp
    Advanced algebra Knapp
    Analytic K homology Higson Roe
    An introduction to harmonic analysis Katnelson
    Clasical Fourier Analysis Grafakos
    Real and functional analysis Lang
    Deformation quantization for actions on R^d Rieffel
    Chaos, an introduction to dynamical systems Alligood at al
    The little SAS book, A primer Delwiche, Slaughter
    Exercises and problems for the little SAS book Ottesen Delwiche Slaughter
    Elements of Noncommutative geometry Garcia-Bondia et al
    An introduction to K theory for C*-algebras Rorman Larsen Laustsen
    A history of mathematics Katz
    Commutative algebra Eisenbud
    Differential Topology Guillemin Pollack
    Categorical structure of closure operators Dikranjan Tholen
    Algebraic Geometry Itaka
    Lie groups, Lie algebras and Representatons Hall
    A modern theory of integration Bartle
    A course in operator theory Conway
    Lectures in Kahler geometry Moroianu
    K-theory and C*-algebras Wegge-Olsen
    Introduction to partial differential equations Folland
    Projective and Cayley-Klein Geometries Onishchik Sulanke
    Introduction to abstract harmonic analysis Loomis
    Introduction to lattices and order Davey Priestley
    Physics for mathematicians: Mechanics I Spivak
    Basic noncommutative geometry Khalkali
    Banach algebra techniques in operator theory Douglas
    Approach spaces Lowen
    The geometry of schemes Eisenbud Harris
    Lectures on Curves, Surfaces and projective varieties Beltrametti et al.
    Biostatistics Fisher, Van Belle
    Principles of Modern Chemistry Oxtoby et al
    Differential geometry Guggenheimer
    Differential geometry of curves and surfaces Do Carmo
    Generalized linear models McCullagh Nelder
    Basic Concepts of synthetic differential geometry Lavendhomme
    Structure and Interpretation of Computer programs Abelson Sussman
    An introduction to ergodic theory Walters
    Generalized functions Vol I Gelfand Shilov
    An introduction to nonclassical logic Priest
    Topology and geometry Bredon
    Synthetic differential geometry Kock
    Complex Algebraic curves Kirwan
    Introduction to algebraic geometry Smith
    Algebraic geometry Harris
    Human Physiology Sherwood
    Biology Campbell
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  5. Jun 5, 2016 #4
    Micromass, are you a mathematical biologist? I just find it funny that you're a biologist by training but own only two or three biology textbooks.
  6. Jun 5, 2016 #5


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    Courses at university here don't make the students buy a lot of textbooks. They provide very good lecture notes for everything. I haven't bothered to list them. The biology books I do have were the ones they didn't have lecture notes for.
  7. Jun 5, 2016 #6
    Modern Intermediate Algebra - Garland
    Basic Mathematics - Lang
    Geometry - Lang
    A First Course in Calculus - Lang
    Calculus of Several Variables - Lang
    Calculus 3rd Edition - Thomas/Finney
    Linear Algebra with Applications - Nicholson
    Linear Algebra and Group Theory - Smirnov

    Feynman Lectures on Physics
    Newtonian Mechanics - French
    Waves and Vibrations - French
    Special Relativity - French
    Fundamentals of Physics 9th Ed. - HRW
    Analytical Mechanics - Fowles
    Modern Physics - Taylor
    Introduction to Electrodynamics - Griffiths

    Introductory Chemistry Essentials - Tro
    Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity - Kotz

    A few of these books are beyond my knowledge such as Griffiths, but were too good of a deal to pass up.
  8. Jun 5, 2016 #7
    Just out of curiosity - of your huge collection, what are you top five favourite, ones that you could never part with?
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    If I were on an isolated island for a year, I would want to have the five volumes of "A comprehensive course in analysis" by Simon with me. They're such a beautiful books.
  10. Jun 5, 2016 #9
    If I were in the same situation I'd probably take Transport Phenomena with me. I still have so much to learn from it.
  11. Jun 5, 2016 #10
    I would be fine with:

    Linear Algebra and Group Theory by Smirnov. I find some of the exercises quite difficult, but I would take it.

    Serge Lang's calculus books for sure.

    I have Kleppner and Kolenkow on the way from Amazon. That would come with me.
  12. Jun 5, 2016 #11
    Linear Algebra Done Right, Axler
    The Real Numbers and Real Analysis, Bloch
    A First Course in Abstract Algebra. Feil
    Euclid's Elements
    Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Kreyszig
    Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces, Halmos
    Engineering Electromagnetics, Hayt
    Geometric Algebra for Computer Science, Dorst
    Discrete Mathematics with Proof, Gossett
    An Introduction to Mecahnics, Kleppner
    Numerical Methods for Engineers, Chapra
  13. Jun 5, 2016 #12
    I like Chapra's. It's a numerical methods cookbook, but it's the best, IMO. At least for engineering purposes.
  14. Jun 5, 2016 #13
    Here's my library:

    Math books:

    Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, Lee.
    Mathematical Physics, Geroch.
    Introduction to Set Theory, Hrbacek and Jech.
    Lebesgue Integration on Euclidean Space, Jones.
    The Real Numbers and Real Analysis, Bloch.
    Topología Básica, C. Prieto.
    A First Course in Abstract Algebra, Rings, Groups and Fields, Anderson and Feil.
    Espacios Fibrados, Gitler and Arraut.
    Introduction to Topological Manifolds, Lee.
    Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Forms, Hubbard and Hubbard.
    Visual Complex Analyis, Needham.
    El Cálculo con Geometría Analítica, Leithold.
    Elements of Partial DIfferential Equations, Sneddon.
    Vector Calculus, Marsden and Tromba.
    Linear Algebra, Grossman.
    Vector Analysis, Brand.
    Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Boyce and DiPrima.
    Analytic Geometry, Lehmann.
    Algebra, Lehmann.

    Physics Books:

    Fluid Mechanics, Landau and Lifshitz.
    Quantum Mechanics, Messiah, Vol I and II.
    Classical Electrodynamics, Jackson.
    The Classical Theory of Fields, Landau and Lifshitz.
    Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory, Malament.
    The Theory of Relativity, Møller.
    General Relativity, Wald.
    Termodinámica Clásica, G. Carmona.
    Essentials of Physics, Borowitz et. al.
    Physics, Mechanics and Heat, Reimann.
    Physics: Modern Physics, Reimann.
    Fundamentos de Termodinámica, Wylen and Sonntag.
    Theoretical Physics, Joos.
    Mathematical Physics, Butkov.
    Teoría Electromagnética, Hayt.
    Introducción a la Termodinámica Clásica, García-Colín.
    Traite de Mecanique Celeste, Laplace.
    Physics, Vol. I and II, Halliday and Resnick.
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  15. Jun 5, 2016 #14
    Interesting. Where are you located? I've also found books to be a lot cheaper in Mexico compared to in other places, which is definitely a good thing. The main problem I have is that the books that interest me are never available in the local book stores (I live in Monterrey, Mexico) or in amazon.com.mx, so I always end up buying from amazon.com
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  16. Jun 5, 2016 #15
    Textbooks at my school bookstore average from $140-200. You save about $20-50 using amazon, depending on the book. Prices are outrageous, in my opinion.
  17. Jun 5, 2016 #16
    Wow, here I found so many resources for scientific stuff, books and magazines, and the like. Great! Here I'd also like to share some books about biology. Hope it's helpful!

    A New Model for Analyzing Antimicrobial Peptides with Biomedical Applications (nato: Life And Behavioural Sciences, 343)
    HPLC of Peptides and Proteins: Methods and Protocols
    Antibacterial Peptide Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)
    Peptide and Protein Design for Biopharmaceutical Applications
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  18. Jun 6, 2016 #17
    I'm from Hermosillo, Sonora. I've bought all my textbooks at my university bookstore, and if a book is not in stock I can order it directly from them, without paying additional fees. Heck, I even get a 20% student discount. Except for the Omnibook, I got that one at a traveling book fair. Still, it was quite a bargain. I saved like 85% percent off its retail price.

    Nice to see a fellow countryman at PF!
  19. Jun 6, 2016 #18

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    I have been collecting books for decades, so I might have too many to list!
  20. Jun 6, 2016 #19
    List your favorites!
  21. Jun 6, 2016 #20
    Pictures are welcome, too!
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