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5 Post author: magfrump 08 August 2011 11:17AM

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Comment author: CharlesR 09 August 2011 05:45:42PM *  2 points [-]

For physics, I suggest Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics by Randy Knight.

Shankar is good introductory text on quantum mechanics at the graduate level.

If you have a good background, you should definitely read The Feynman Lectures on Physics. This one is not for beginners. You have been warned.

Comment author: magfrump 10 August 2011 11:24:56PM 0 points [-]

Thank you! Ironically I am substantially less interested in physics than chemistry and biology, but I'll look into the books you mentioned.

I'm a graduate student in mathematics, but I haven't taken physics since high school. This makes me nervous about approaching most physics textbooks since I want real basics in some ways but sophistication in others.

Comment author: darius 10 August 2011 07:37:10AM 0 points [-]

I second the rec for Feynman volume 1: it was my favorite text as a freshman, though the class I took used another one. Since that was in the last millennium and I haven't kept up, I won't comment on other books. Volumes 2 and 3 won't be accessible to beginners.