06-24-10, 04:05 PM #1
What is the best physics textbook in the market?
What is the best physics textbook in the market which especially puts more emphasis on electricity and magnetism?
I heard of Resnick and Halliday, Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman and Giancoli. I guess each one of them has its weaknesses and advantages but which book is the most recommended?
06-24-10, 04:09 PM #2
06-24-10, 04:21 PM #3
06-24-10, 04:38 PM #4
Once you finish learning the fundamentals you'll have a better idea of where you want to take your education, but don't go in expecting to learn EVERYTHING physics has to offer. You won't make it out alive.
06-25-10, 05:14 AM #5
Any of the books you mention are ok. Different books are pitched at different levels of prior math knowledge, though, so be careful.
How much maths did you do at school and/or at tertiary level?
06-25-10, 09:23 AM #6
Well, that's overly harsh. They're probably more or less the same. You can learn from any of them, but you actually have to read them. From the dedication of my Dissertation:
Originally Posted by The Gospel of Thomas
06-25-10, 09:46 AM #7
Griffiths - An Introduction to Electrodynamics is one I've seen on various university recommended reading lists and its fairly straight forward in the beginning. It's no replacement for wider reading and lecture notes but it's a step in the right direction.
07-08-10, 03:37 AM #8
Ben's comment is true.
It is quite difficult to learn physics aor math from textbooks.
They put so much in there trying to impress their peers that it is
very hard to see the forrest among the many trees. Or one has
to work quite long and hard to get the essential ideas.
I learned form Resnick & Halliday at Robert Resnick's lab at Rennsselaer.
So I have to recommend his books in all honesty.
He emphasized experiment and demonstration to vividly bring the ideas in to the open.
But my favorite book, deeply insightful, fascinating to read like no other text
you will ever find is Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics. It is 4 books.
This is available in mp3 form for listening too. Also an 85MB file in pdf format is on the net.
Feynman had a way of explaining that made the most complex ideas understandable
very quickly. He was perhaps the greatest teacher of the 20th century IMO.
Can not recommend it more highly.
07-08-10, 10:06 AM #9
Physics for Dummies.
07-18-10, 10:00 AM #10
To supplement whatever book your class is using, Feynman's lectures and Motion Mountain maybe worth looking at.
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