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Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for the best Theoretical Physics books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Theoretical Physics (Dover Books on Physics) (1987)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfAmong the finest, most comprehensive treatments of theoretical physics ever written, this classic volume comprises a superb introduction to the main branches of the discipline and offers solid grounding for further research in a variety of fields. Students will find no better one-volume coverage of so many essential topics; moreover, since its first publication, the book has been substantially revised and updated with additional material on Bessel functions, spherical harmonics, superconductivity, elastomers, and other subjects.The first four chapters review mathematical topics needed by theoretical and experimental…
Author(s): Georg Joos, Ira M. Freeman

2. A Complete Course on Theoretical Physics: From Classical Mechanics to Advanced Quantum Statistics (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics) (2018)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfKompakt und verständlich führt dieses Lehrbuch in die Grundlagen der theoretischen Physik ein. Dabei werden die üblichen Themen der Grundvorlesungen Mechanik, Elektrodynamik, Relativitätstheorie, Quantenmechanik , Thermodynamik und Statistik in einem Band zusammengefasst, um den Zusammenhang zwischen den einzelnen Teilgebieten besonders zu betonen. Ein Kapitel mit mathematischen Grundlagen der Physik erleichtert den Einstieg. Zahlreiche Übungsaufgaben dienen der Vertiefung des Stoffes….
Author(s): Albrecht Lindner, Dieter Strauch

3. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (2010)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue. Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter―from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas―is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly…
Author(s): Brian Greene

4. Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum (2015)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFirst he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Theoretical Minimum, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Unlike other popularizations that shy away from quantum mechanics’ weirdness, Quantum Mechanics embraces the utter strangeness of quantum logic. The authors offer…
Author(s): Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman

5. The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics (2014)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIf you ever regretted not taking physics in college–or simply want to know how to think like a physicist–this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Challenging, lucid, and concise, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace….
Author(s): Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky

6. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos (2011)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse…
Author(s): Brian Greene

7. Introduction To Modern Physics: Theoretical Foundations (2008)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOur understanding of the physical world was revolutionized in the twentieth century the era of modern physics”. This book, aimed at the very best students, presents the foundations and frontiers of today’s physics. It focuses on the following topics: quantum mechanics; applications in atomic, nuclear, particle, and condensed-matter physics; special relativity; relativistic quantum mechanics, including the Dirac equation and Feynman diagrams; quantum fields; and general relativity. The aim is to cover these topics in sufficient depth such that…
Author(s): John Dirk Walecka

8. Physical Chemistry Vol 2: Quantum Chemistry (2010)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWith its modern emphasis on the molecular view of physical chemistry, its wealth of contemporary applications, vivid full-color presentation, and dynamic new media tools, the thoroughly revised new edition is again the most modern, most effective full-length textbook available for the physical chemistry classroom….
Author(s): Peter Atkins, de Paula, Julio

9. Theoretical And Mathematical Physics: Problems And Solutions (2018)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis updated and extended edition of the book combines the topics provided in the two parts of the previous editions as well as new topics. It is a comprehensive compilation covering most areas in mathematical and theoretical physics. The book provides a collection of problems together with their detailed solutions which will prove to be valuable to students as well as to researchers in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering and other sciences. Each chapter provides a short introduction with the relevant definitions and notations. All relevant…
Author(s): Willi-Hans Steeb

10. Mechanics: Volume 1 (Course of Theoretical Physics S) (1976)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfDevoted to the foundation of mechanics, namely classical Newtonian mechanics, the subject is based mainly on Galileo’s principle of relativity and Hamilton’s principle of least action. The exposition is simple and leads to the most complete direct means of solving problems in mechanics.The final sections on adiabatic invariants have been revised and augmented. In addition a short biography of L D Landau has been inserted….
Author(s): L D Landau, E.M. Lifshitz

11. Methods of Theoretical Physics: Part I: Second Edition (Dover Books on Physics) (2019)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis second edition updates the classic text for applied mathematics. Its clarity, scope, and content as well as its sheer mathematical elegance make it essential for students of physics or engineering. Part I of the two-volume series covers types of fields, equations governing fields, fields and the variational principle, functions of a complex variable, ordinary differential equations, integral representations, boundary conditions and eigenfunctions, Green's functions, and integral equations. Problem sets and helpful tables conclude each chapter….
Author(s): Dr. Herman Feshbach, Dr. Philip M. Morse, et al.

12. Theoretical Nuclear Physics (Dover Books on Physics) (2010)

 Best Theoretical Physics Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfA classic work by two leading physicists and scientific educators endures as an uncommonly clear and cogent investigation and correlation of key aspects of theoretical nuclear physics. It is probably the most widely adopted book on the subject. The authors approach the subject as “the theoretical concepts, methods, and considerations which have been devised in order to interpret the experimental material and to advance our ability to predict and control nuclear phenomena.”The present volume does not pretend to cover all aspects of theoretical nuclear physics. Its coverage is restricted to phenomena involving energies below about 50 Mev,…
Author(s): John M. Blatt, Victor F. Weisskopf

Best Theoretical Physics Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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Handbook of Teichmüller Theory, Volume VII.

Author(s): Papadopoulos, Athanase
Publisher: American Mathematical Society, Year: 2020, Size: 26 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2473282

Algebraic Combinatorics, Resurgence, Moulds and Applications (CARMA) - Volume 2

Author(s): Frédéric Chapoton, Frédéric Fauvet, Claudia Malvenuto, Jean-Yves Thibon
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2492119

Algebraic Combinatorics, Resurgence, Moulds and Applications (CARMA) - Volume 1

Author(s): Frédéric Chapoton, Frédéric Fauvet, Claudia Malvenuto, Jean-Yves Thibon
Publisher: European Mathematical Society, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2492120

Theoretical Concepts in Physics: An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics

Author(s): Malcolm S. Longair
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2496647

Differentiable Manifolds - A Theoretical Physics Approach

Author(s): Gerardo F. Torres del Castillo
Publisher: Birkhäuser, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2546001

Handbook of Teichmuller Theory (IRMA Lectures in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics)

Author(s): Papadopoulos A. (ed.)
Publisher: European Mathematical Society, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2565224

Theoretical and computational physics of gas discharge phenomena a mathematical introduction

Author(s): Sergej T. Suržikov
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2599077

100 Years of Fundamental Theoretical Physics in the Palm of Your Hand: Integrated Technical Treatment

Author(s): E. B. Manoukian
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2792906

Theoretical Physics for Biological Systems

Author(s): Paola Lecca, Angela Re
Publisher: CRC, Year: 2019 , Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2419475

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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