Projects: Education
Books: Physics Books
Apparently, my physics library has grown tremendously in the past few years.
Note 1: CCCC = Cerro Coso Community College
Note 2: CSULB = California State University, Long Beach
Fundamental Physics
- Physics, 4th Edition; Volume 1 and Volume 2 Extended
by Halliday, Resnick, and Krane- I used these books in my lower division Mechanics and Heat course at CCCC.
- Fundamentals of Physics, Sixth Edition; Volume 2
by Halliday Resnick and Walker- I used this book in my lower division Electricity and Magnetism course at CSULB.
Mechanics
- An Introduction to Mechanics
by Kleppner and Kolenkow- I used this book in my upper division Mechanics course at CSULB.
- Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, 4 Edition
by Marion and Thorton - Classical Mechanics, Second Edition
by Herbert Goldstein
Electromagnetism
- Introduction to Electrodynamics, Third Edition
by David J. Griffiths - Classical Electrodynamics, Third Edition
by John David Jackson
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- Customized Complete Statistical Physics, Berkeley Physics Course, Volume 5
by F. Reif- I used this book in my upper division Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics course at CSULB.
- Statistical Physics, 3rd Edition, Part 1
by Landau and Lifshitz- I am using this book in my graduate Statistical Physics course at UCLA.
- Statistical and Thermal Physics
by Reif- I am using this book in my graduate Statistical Physics course at UCLA.
Modern Physics
- Modern Physics, Second Edition
by Serway, Moses, and Moyer - Introduction to the Structure of Matter: A Course in Modern Physics
by Brehm and Mullin
Quantum Mechanics
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
by P.T. Matthews - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition
by David J. Griffiths
(Currently reading)- I did not use this for any course in school, but it is the best introductory book I have yet read on the topic. Griffiths is very good at presenting the big picture and talking about the different ways physicists have interpretted quantum mechanics philosophically. Particularly, I liked how he addressed the mysterious event we call "measurement" and how that related to the "collapse of the wavefunction." All of his explanations are clear and proceed from the most basic physical ideas one might have. His problems are very valuable: you can learn a lot just by reading his questions. I also appreciate his afterword, in which he discusses several paradoxes and theorems in quantum mechanics that lead to a better understanding of the scope and limits of quantum mechanics.
- Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction, 4th Edition
by Greiner - Quantum Physics
by Gasiorowicz - Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications
by Zettili- I used this book in a graduate Quantum Mechanics course at CSULB. It has a good historical description of the development of quantum mechanics.
- Principles of Quantum Mechanics
by Shankar- I used this book quite a bit in my upper division Quantum Mechanics course at CSULB. It takes a very mathematical approach, which I appreciate a lot.
- Modern Quantum Mechanics
by J. J. Sakurai
(Currently reading)- This book was not required in any of my courses, but it is the best graduate text on quantum mechanics that I have read so far. I should probably read more of it before I make more comments about it.
- Quantum Mechanics
by Ernest S. Abers
(Currently reading)- I used (am using) this book in my graduate Quantum Mechanics courses at UCLA. It is written by the professor of the course. It is quite advanced and has many difficult problems. It also has many errors, most of which are listed on the course website in an errata file. Although I appreciate the advanced approach taken by Abers, I am unfortunately not prepared for it and have a hard time learning from this book. My recourse has been to read my Griffiths and Sakurai quantum mechanics books. Once I have a better understanding of quantum mechanics, I am hopeful that I'll be able to learn quite a bit from this book.
Relativity
- The Geometry of Spacetime
by Callahan - An Introduction to General Relativity: Spacetime and Geometry
by Carroll - Gravitation
by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler
Particle Physics
- Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction
by Close- As it indicates in the title, this is a very short book. It's a nice, short, pocketbook overview.
Quantum Field Theory
- An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
by Peskin and Schroeder
Mathematics of Physics
- Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics
by Byron and Fuller
Special Topics
- Problems and Solutions on Quantum Mechanics
by Lim - Problems and Solutions on Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics
by Lim - Problems and Solutions in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
by Steeb - Pocket Guide to accompany Principles of Physics (by Serway)
by V. Gordon Lind - Biography of Physics
by Gamow - Inventing Reality: Physics as Language
by Gregory