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Every once in a while, we get a question asking for a book or other educational reference on a particular topic at a particular level. This is a meta-question that collects all those links together. If you're looking for book recommendations, this is probably the place to start.

All the questions linked below, as well as others which deal with more specialized books, can be found under the tag (formerly ).

If you find a question that should be added to the list, edit it into the existing list answer rather than creating your own answer for it. See our policy on resource recommendations for details.

Related Meta: Do we need/want an overarching books question?

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closed as not constructive by David Z Apr 15 '13 at 7:13

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This list is pretty rough, but I figured it would be better to post something rather than to keep putting it off. If anyone wants to organize the links a little better, that would help. I'm not sure if all the questions currently linked actually need to be here, anyway.

If you have a question to add, please edit it in. However, make sure of a few things first:

  1. The question should be tagged
  2. It should be of the form "What are good books to learn/study [subject] at [level]?"
  3. It shouldn't duplicate a topic and level that's already on the list

General Physics

Newtonian Mechanics

Classical Mechanics


Continuum Mechanics

Classical Field Theory

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics



Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Information theory

Quantum Field Theory

Particle Physics

Experimental Particle Physics

General Relativity

Theories of Everything

String Theory



Condensed Matter and Solid State Physics

Material Science

Fluid Dynamics

Complex Systems


Problem books


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