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Taylor vs Goldstein [duplicate]

I'm trying to select a mechanics book for self-study. I have some math background (linear algebra and calculus among other things) and I want to pick a book that won't skip over the math. I would ...
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Are there any exact data about Earth's orbit?

Wikipedia says that the Earth's orbit's axis is $a=149\ 598\ 000\ \mathrm{km}$ and its eccentricity is $e=0.016\ 7086$, but if we use these values to find distance at aphelion and perihelion we get ...
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de Sitter reviews?

I'm very interested in learning more about de Sitter and anti-de Sitter spaces and their applications in GR and cosmology. Can anyone recommend favorite review articles -- or, more likely, a series ...
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Book for quantum field theory similar to Ballentine's quantum mechanics book [duplicate]

I have been studying quantum mechanics from Ballentine's book. I enjoy such books. I want somebody here to recommendation a book for qft with similar approach.
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Resources for 2 Particle Irreducible (2PI) or Cornwall-Jackiw-Tomboulis (CJT) formalism

I'am currently learning the 2 particle irreducible (2PI) or Cornwall-Jackiw-Tomboulis (CJT) formalism. Does anybody know a textbook or a review that treats this subject? As far I only found the ...
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Gauge theory for mathematicians?

I'm looking for a textbook or set of lecture notes on gauge theory for mathematicians that assumes only minimal background in physics. I'd prefer a text that uses more sophisticated mathematical ...
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Which are some good books to learn about quantum states? [duplicate]

I am aware of the book Geometry of Quantum states: An introduction to Quantum Entanglement by Bengtsson & Zyczkowski. I have read the book Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development by Ballentine.
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Best introduction to the link between information and thermodynamics

I have a solid understanding of classical thermodynamics, as well as a reasonable understanding of statistical mechanics and some of the philosophical issues regarding entropy. However, I've never ...
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LinAlg based physics textbooks [duplicate]

I'm in my second year studying physics, and ever since I took LinAlg, I've been noticing LinAlg-related concepts pop up all over the place, but it has never been presented directly as matrices, bases, ...
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What are some good introductory book references on time-varying electromagnetic fields?

What are some good introductory book references on time-varying electromagnetic fields? I need a refresher on the physics background on this topic. I intend to do research in electric motor-related ...
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What is A2L refractive index polynomial?

I'm working with a photonic modelling software and in the manual I saw that I can specify refractive index of modelled material with following polynomial: ...
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What is The most detailed Mathematical Methods for physics book? [duplicate]

I am taking a course in Mathematical Physics Junior Level (Undergraduate). We are working from Arfken's "Mathematical Methods for physicists", but i am finding trouble with it specially in the ...
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Textbook for mathematical Lagrangian mechanics [duplicate]

I'm looking for a textbook or online notes or a review article etc on a rigerous formulation of Lagrangian mechanics. I'm well aware of the book by Arnold but I would like something to accompany it. ...
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Good books or resources for Stellar Astrophysics at graduate level?

I wanted to know if there is a well established resource in the field of Stellar Astrophysics which is not very outdated. I have seen plenty of books at my university library but I do not know if ...
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Any suggestion for a book that includes quantum mechanics principles and smoothly introduces you to QED (quantum electrodynamics)?

I am not a physicist but I am into quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. In my department, the quantum mechanics we do include only Schroedinger's equation and problems, some approximation ...
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Textbooks in group theory for budding theoretical particle physicists [duplicate]

I am looking for textbooks in group theory. I have just finished my undergraduate studies in Physics and am looking to specialise in theoretical high-energy physics. Therefore, textbooks in group ...
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Resources on the discreteness of space and time

Does anyone know any books or other sources of information on the discreteness of space and time? The only ones I've managed to find require graduate level physics knowledge, which sadly I do not ...
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What books are good about reproducing physical experiments?

I want to know a book that minutely describes how to perform thousands of experiments in todays lab, the equipments required, etc. I need to perform the Young's interference experiment.
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What are the differences among bosons, force-carrier particles and mediators? [closed]

Are all bosons force-carrier particles? What is the difference between these three concept? Where can I find a comprehensive & detailed information about these particles? How it can be related ...
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Books or other sources for natural units, Planck units, dimensional analysis etc. for someone with only high-school physics knowledge

I'd like to know more about natural units, Planck units, dimensional analysis, etc., and things like how units are "created" by man or by the universe, universal constants and where they come from. ...
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Density Functional Theory (DFT) tutorial guide

I am going to start learning about DFT calculations. Could anyone advise me the best starting point for that? Simple example guiding tutorial with explanations would be great. Any input would be ...
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Quantum Mechanics Book for someone who know math

What I need is to fill my gap of physics in quantum mechanics. I don't need too many explanation on why math is correct. I need explanations and exercises on physics. This is not a request for ...
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What are the prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics? [duplicate]

What are the mathematical prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics conceptually and technically? What textbook is adequate for this purpose for an undergraduate student? To understand the ...
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Popular books on cutting-edge physics [closed]

I watched this video, in which different types of topics are discussed like Quantum Information, Quantum Computation, Universe as hologram, Hidden information, Quantum Entanglement, Black holes and ...
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Must-know topics for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

My undergrad major was Electrical Engineering. My MS thesis is related to simulation of hydrogen movement in a complex geometry. I did take a course on Fluid Dynamics but I have to say it wasn't one ...
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Software for BEC dynamics in optical lattice

I am looking for a quantum chemistry software that deals with Bose-Einstein condensate in optical lattices (1D, 2D, 3D). I am interested in full many-body Schrodinger equation (two-body interactions - ...
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Heat of Combustion of Carbon Dioxide

I am searching for the low heating value (L.H.V.) heat of combustion of carbon dioxide. I have so far not been able to find any reputable sources. Does anyone know where I can find this value?
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Books for field theory [duplicate]

I am a math student, studying P.D.E. of some EM theory. I am new to field theory and I don't even know what a Lagrangian density, Hamiltonian density, or gauge field theory is. Could you please ...
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How to solve difficult resistance puzzles? [closed]

How does one solve really difficult resistance puzzles? These are presented in the form of a diagram with multiple resistances in various combinations. I have done some puzzles by reducing the puzzle ...
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Critique of various approaches to quantum gravity

Does anyone know of good essays/articles that critique the various approaches to canonical quantum gravity (as opposed to string theory)? I just want to get a sense of what all has been tried, and ...
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Exercise book recommendations to accompany “Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students” by Faddeev and Yakubovskii?

I'm currently going through "Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students" by Faddeev and Yakubovskii, which is great. But there are no exercises. Is there a book you'd recommend with ...
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Book on gamma functions with applications in physics

I have heard that in my next semester, our quantum mechanics teacher will be giving a great emphasis on difficult integrals with the most of them having to do with gamma functions. Does anybody know ...
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Software for drawing the shape of magnetic fields for different shaped magnets [duplicate]

I've been looking for some time on the Internet, for software or some system in order to draw magnetic fields based on the geometry of a magnet. Is there a specific software for this? I hope this ...
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Review of Higher Spin Theory

What is the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of Higher Spin Theory (in particular, in AdS space)?
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Recommendation: “Does dark matter form planets?” [duplicate]

My knowledge about dark matter is pretty slim and I am likely to not acquire a decent grasp of the subject anytime soon. Therefore I ask: Does anyone know any good reads or sources to look into to see ...
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Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 2)

This is a continuation of this previously unanswered question, Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 1) I am wondering as to what are the standard references that ...
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Review of String Field Theory

Could anybody suggest the comprehensive review of String Field Theory? Original papers are lengthy and it would take quite a long time to read them all.
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Book, video or website for enthusiastic outdoor physics experiments

Could anyone suggest a book or website which can help me on seeing some fantastic physics experiments which should be done in outdoors or need big instruments and space to be done?
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Phase diagram of gauge + matter theories

I am looking for some notes/reviews on confinement and Higgs phases suitable for Fermionic/Bosonic matter coupled to Abelian ($Z_2$ or $U(1)$ etc) gauge fields. The purpose is to understand issues ...
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An audiobook that explains some physics phenomena with the rigor of a textbook?

Physics books usually use a lot of equations and images, audiobooks can't use either. Is there any audiobooks that describe the mental imagery so clearly that these images and equations are not ...
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Classical Field Theory Using Geometry

I would like to know if there are good introductory courses on Classical Field Theory taught in a differential geometry approach yet one doesn't need a background in those mathematical subjects but ...
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Recommendations for Introduction to Quantum Flavourdynamics

It's surprisingly hard to find any resources on this on the internet. I'd want a suitable for self-study introduction to the QFD for someone with only a basic understanding of Quantum Field Theory. ...
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Looking for a good book on waves? [duplicate]

I know this is not a direct physics question. I'm looking for a good book on waves I'm interested in waves that propagate in a medium like sound and water waves I'm interested in what happens to the ...
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Any good textbook on the canonical perturbation theory for Hamiltonian systems?

My teacher of classical mechanics once told us, classical mechanics is more difficult than quantum mechanics in many ways. He used the perturbation theory as an example to illustrate this point. So, ...
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Where can I get an introduction to the mathematics behind Hofstadter's Butterfly?

Are there any good books that give good mathematical/physical background to the workings of the Hofstadter's Butterfly? I'd appreciate some references. Books or Public access papers will work. ...
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Searching for a textbook on Imaging

I'm hoping someone can recommend a book that will cover the physics involved in optical range image capture. I have a degree in physics, so I am looking for something on the technical end. To expand, ...
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Mass to Light Ratios

I know that the mass to light ratio for galaxies is between 2 and 10. I also know that the ratio changes primarily based on what kind of galaxy you have (elliptical, spiral, etc). Is there a table ...
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Book with solved problems on thermodynamics

I am working on honing my engineering thermodynamics problem solving skills at the undergraduate and graduate level. It would be much help if you could suggest me some good books with solved ...
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Ostrogradsky instability [duplicate]

I am interested in Lagrangian Mechanics and I want to know why higher derivative theories are inconsistent with the nature. I heard that there is something called Ostrogradsky instability for higher ...