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Best books for mathematical background?

What are the best textbooks to read for the mathematical background you need for modern physics, such as, string theory? Some subjects off the top of my head that probably need covering: ...
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Textbook on group theory to be able to start QFT

I am very enthusiastic about learning QFT. How much group theory would I need to master? Please could you recommend me a textbook on group theory, which would help me to start QFT?
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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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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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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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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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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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Need for a side book for E. Soper's Classical Theory Of Fields

I am reading now E. Soper, Classical Theory Of Fields, now and sometimes it is very hard to follow the equations. So I need a side book on classical field theory to read it comfortably. Landau & ...
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Fluid Mechanics with calculus on manifolds

Fluid Mechanics is a branch of physics that uses a lot of vector calculus in $\mathbb{R}^3$ to describe phenomena mathematically. Calculus on manifolds, however, is the straightforward generalization ...
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What is the math knowledge necessary for starting Quantum Mechanics?

Could someone experienced in the field tell me what the minimal math knowledge one must obtain in order to grasp the introductory Quantum Mechanics book/course? I do have math knowledge but I must ...
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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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A good book for Quantum Cryptography

I am interested in Quantum Information and Cryptography in particular. I have gone through Nielsen's text and Preskill's notes . Can someone suggest me some good text for Quantum Cryptography ? I ...
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Resources for theory of distributions (generalized functions) for physicists

I am looking for tutorials, articles or books containing theory of distributions in context of mathematical physics. Please suggest.
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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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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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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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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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A question about Memristors

A question about memristors: These semiconductor entities have been defined in terms of magnetic flux leakage, and a non-linear relationship to the electric charge that has flowed. In essence, the ...
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Looking for lists of student difficulties with electromagnetism, circuits (DC and AC) [closed]

I'm trying to help with an Instructor's Guide for an introductory calc-based physics text, and it would really help if I could locate some lists of typical student difficulties with topics like ... ...
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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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Books about musical acoustics

Apart from physics, I love music and I want to learn about musical acoustics. I know some things, but the problem is that most of musical acoustics books are written for musicians. That means that ...
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What physical phenomena are modelled by Chebyshev equation?

What physical phenomena are modeled by Chebyshev equation? The equation is below $$(1-x^2) {d^2 y \over d x^2} - x {d y \over d x} + p^2 y ~=~ 0 .$$ I could not find it in Wikipedia or in Google (at ...
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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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Learning physics online?

I'm thinking of following some kind of education in physics online. I have a master degree in Computer Science and have reasonable good knowledge in physics. I would like a program of 1-2 years and ...
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Is there a physics Puzzles site like Project Euler?

I am looking for a site that publishing riddles and problems such as Project Euler publishes problems in computer science. Is there any similar site that is hardcore in the area of physics? This ...
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Good source for numerical simulations of Wigner function?

I'm interested in simulating the time evolution of a Wigner function for a harmonic oscillator (and possibly some other potentials) and I can't seem to find a good resource for that. My background in ...
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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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Path Integral Evaluation

I've seen the path integral formulation now in a couple contexts (propagator in quantum mechanics, and coherent state functional integral in many body physics). I'm now struggling with how to actually ...
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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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Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 1)

While writing a paper, I am wondering as to what are the standard references that one refers to for these various facts about entanglement entropy. I want to know as to what are the papers one should ...
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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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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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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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What is a complete book for quantum field theory? [closed]

I am searching for a complete and comprehensive book for QFT. What is, in your opinion, a good one?
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Are there any modern textbooks on statistical mechanics which don't ignore Gibbs' analysis of the microcanonical ensemble?

I have lately been reading Gibbs' book Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics, and I'm surprised how much in that book seems to have been ignored by later textbook writers. In particular, ...
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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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constructing string path integral through Markov chain procedure

We all know the textbook way of constructing the path integral for a point particle. It goes approximately like this (if relativistic). Say we want the propagator $\Delta(x_\text{in},x_\text{out}) = ...
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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, ...