Take the 2-minute tour ×
Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of classical mechanics, statistical mechanics etc etc).

share|improve this question
I voted to close as off-topic in order for this question to be migrated to Physics –  t.b. Oct 19 '11 at 0:10
add comment

migrated from math.stackexchange.com Oct 19 '11 at 1:56

This question came from our site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields.

2 Answers

In this question the Companion was suggested as a math equivalent of the Feynman Lectures on Physics. If this is an equivalence relation it should be symmetric.

share|improve this answer
Feynman lectures on Physics is outdated and not really useful. Better books that cover more like Shankars. –  simplicity Oct 19 '11 at 0:38
It's absurd to say that the Feynman Lectures aren't useful - some facts in them are outdated, but you don't read Feynman for the facts. –  Mark Eichenlaub Oct 19 '11 at 2:10
add comment

This isn't especially similar to The Princeton Companion, but I think that Thorne and Blandford's Applications of Classical Physics covers those topics you mentioned well, except for the formalism of classical mechanics.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.