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Book recommendation on infinitesimals

I'm a sophomore mechanical engineering student and I'm looking for a book which completely describes the concept of "infinitesimals" (used in thermodynamics or dynamics or...), In fact, I was taught ...
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Basic university textbook without colorful pictures [duplicate]

Could anyone advise textbook(s) with the following properties: No flashy pictures (but with pictures nonetheless; maybe in black line). Preferably one column of text (maybe two at max). Good ...
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Saturn's Hexagon [duplicate]

I am currently trying to understand the formation or indeed the explanation as to why the hexagonal north polar vortex on Saturn is exactly that: Hexagonal. I understand that the most prominent ...
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Understanding the AdS/CFT Correspondence [duplicate]

I am beginning to learn about the AdS/CFT correspondence, but I can't find a comprehensive introduction that includes the relevant gravitational/string theory physics. What specific areas of general ...
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Good introductory papers and books on laser physics and pulsed lasers

I am looking for good introductory papers and/or books on the principles of lasers. In particular, I am interested in pulsed laser technology. I understand that Gould, R. Gordon (1959). "The ...
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Books on cosmology

I am a 14 year old who is independently studying physics. I finished the book: Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll. I am specifically interested in cosmology, ...
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Quantum Computer Implementation

Hey I recently finished my bachelor in nanotechnology and am rather interested in quantum computation. I've already looked at the recommendation threads for this topic but they tend to be about ...
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What exactly is NASA's proposed mechanism for “propellantless” “EM Drive” propulsion? [duplicate]

Of course, this question runs perilously close to this site's prohibition against discussing non-mainstream physics. However, the accepted answer in meta about what is acceptable and what is not ...
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Which book do you recommend to start studying physics for a person who doesn't have any special knowledge about physics? [duplicate]

I'm studying bachelor of Mathematics in University but I'm interested in physics too. All of my knowledge about physics is what I studied in school and also the courses general physics $I$ and general ...
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Where to download dynamics demonstration videos for motion analysis? [closed]

I'm looking for videos of demonstrations/experiments of dynamics for download. Also they should be clear and of good quality. I want to use them in a video analysis program ...
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References on the 3 body problem

Does anyone know good references for the general 3 body problem? I'm looking for both analytical and numerical approaches.
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References for circular restricted 3 body problem?

Does anyone know of any good references for the CR3BP -- the circular restricted 3 body problem? Emphasizing on real-life applications, and interpretation of the numerical solutions? Thank you. There ...
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Software for geometrical optics

Is there any good software for construction optical path's in geometrical optics. More specifically I want features like: draw $k \in \mathbb{N}$ objects $K_1,\dots,K_n$ with indices of refraction ...
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Need help with which books I should buy [duplicate]

I need some help with witch books i should read. I would like to study science, physics, quantum physcics, astrophysics and all other kind of physics. Hit me with the best books inside of thoes ...
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Fermionic oscillator and Hurwitz zeta function

Good resources for calculating Partition function of the fermionic oscillator using the Hurwitz zeta function? I liked the way Nakahara explain this, but some parts are really tricky for me (e.g. the ...
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Is there any review paper on spatial light modulator?

I need a review paper on the various types, principles and characterization of spatial light modulator. But it seems I could not find one. Any one has a good idea?
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Electrodynamics textbooks that emphasize applications

Please recommend undergraduate-level textbooks on electrodynamics which emphasize practical applications and real life examples. Please describe the book's level and contents and its intended audience ...
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Resources for introductory quantum statistical mechanics

I am currently struggling to understand my basic introductory course on quantum statistical mechanics and I have done a basic course on single particle quantum mechanics. I was wondering whether ...
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Book recommendations [closed]

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. ...
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Reference for passive scalar

I would like to learn about turbulence of a scalar advected by a random velocity field. I know that this problem can be solved analytically and that the statistics of the scalar field are ...
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Books or papers recommendation on orbifold and CFT

Could you recommend some references on orbifold CFT? I have found this paper "The conformal field theory of orbifolds"(1987)(http://inspirehep.net/record/230342) is very useful for me, so I want to ...
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Are there any good books about Grand Unified Theories?

I'm starting to get a little desperate, because I can't find any introductory treatments of Grand Unified Theories (GUT). So far the only books I found are Mohapatra Unification and Supersymmetry ...
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Modelling multiple heat sources?

I am working on a project to model heat transfer in a data center. I have basic models for a one dimensional heat transfer using conduction and convection. Such as, taking a server and modelling the ...
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Good reference on angular motion especially on linear and angular velocity? [duplicate]

I am currently using a book called "Classical Mechanics" by Goldstein, which is a very good text and has amazing introdution to Lagrangian mechanics. Unfortunately not too much is said about angular ...
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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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Looking for lists of student difficulties with electromagnetism, circuits (DC and AC)

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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Birkhoff Theorem proof reference [closed]

I am looking for a reference with a clear (and easy to understand) proof of Birkhoff's theorem in general relativity.
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Historical Survey of Statistical Mechanics [migrated]

Statistical mechanics is a subject with a particularly rich history. I think of the early debates of Boltzmann and Loschmidt, the rather confusing differences between the approaches of Gibbs and ...
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Optics modelling software

I am looking for software that could allow me to model the internals of my spectrometer. I would imagine some sort of ray tracer that allows me to add mirrors, slits, gratings etc. This way, I can see ...
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Which of the Physics textbooks would you recommend I read this quarter (Analytical Mechanics)? [duplicate]

My Analytical Mechanics class this quarter has one required textbook: "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton & Marion and three recommended readings: "Mechanics" by 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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Proof of Bethe-Bloch stopping power

I want to prove the Bethe-Bloch stopping power formula but I don't know where to start. Any one can offer a book or paper? Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethe_formula
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Textbook on 2D Crystals

I've become interested in $2$D crystals, and in particular graphene. I'm looking for a textbook which covers graphene -- possibly as part of a course on solid state theory -- for undergraduates. For ...
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General Relativity visualization software

As I am approaching the study GR, I was wondering if there are softwares that allow a quick visualization of custom metrics, curvature, and particle motion even in the limited context of 2D space. ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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How to find references from publications in the physics literature?

Coming from Computer Science, I'm a bit puzzled about the format of references in physics publications. They usually lack a title, which I'm usually using to locate a publication online (for obtaining ...
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Differential operators in curvilinear coordinates

In the appendix A of Griffith's Electrodynamics text, he cites Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds as a reference more a more complete treatment of taking the gradient, curl, divergence, and Laplacian in ...
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Recommended books for a “relativity for poets” class?

I teach physics at a community college and have developed a new course titled "Relativity for Poets," which I will be teaching for the first time in spring 2015. As implied by the title, it's a ...
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Ways for undergrad to understand physics research? [duplicate]

I am a college freshman who is looking to research in a experimental physics lab this year. I am an engineering student and have taken basic Physics classes, but I lack the background knowledge to ...
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Books that develop interest & critical thinking among high school students

I heard about Yakov Perelman and his books. I just finished reading his two volumes of Physics for Entertainment. What a delightful read! What a splendid author. This is the exact book I've been ...
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Derivation of Kepler's laws

How can analytically be derived the Kepler's laws? I found some extremely synthetic equations which from the Newton's laws (in particular $\mathbf{F} = m \mathbf{a}$) tried to obtain the Kepler's ...
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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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Destroying currents in superconducting rings by vortex tunneling

Consider a superconducting metal ring in which there is a persisting current $I$. I am interested in the failure of this current to remain "persisting" in the ring, although this will occur at ...
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Is there a list of (the solid state version of) electron affinities?

I'm doing some energy band diagram analysis for a few scenarios, and I need the Electron affinity as defined in solid state physics for a few materials. Note that this is different than the one taught ...
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Beginners Textbooks in physics [duplicate]

Hello I am fifteen and I already know everything that my school has been teaching me so I have been going ahead. I have already been studying mathematics far past where I am at school, but I am very ...
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From where should I start in physics? [duplicate]

I'm currently attending Norwegian high school and I'm in a course where we study electricity, automation, electronics, and almost no physics, chemistry etc. So it will be at least 5-6 years before I ...
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Dimensional Regularization of the Higgs Mass Correction

I've found plenty of blog posts and papers where the authors claim that the Higgs mass divergence (usually presented with a momentum cutoff) doesn't show up under dimensional regularization. ...
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Electromagnetism Books and Lectures [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate at mathematics.And this semester i took E&M as one of my courses because i found it interesting .So i am looking for a good introductory book that will keep my interest as ...
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Real data on pulleys

Does anyone know where I can find a reference detailing a study of the dynamics of real pulleys? Something including effects of friction, wobbling of the pulley, effects of different types of anchors ...