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Besides Purcell I really like Feynman Vol. II. I finally could understand magnetic materials and electromagnets. (Warning, Feynman uses his own notation for B,H and M.) There are not any problems though so not as good for self study.

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Purcell is a good non-Griffiths option. I would judge the level somewhat between Griffiths and Jackson, but perhaps leaning toward the easier Griffiths. I used it to study for graduate qual exams when Jackson was being particularly unenlightening. Touches more ideas than Griffiths Uses some real-world examples Sometimes sacrifices full mathematical details ...

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I will mention D.J. Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics must be mentioned. To my knowledge this text is ubiquitous in junior-level E&M courses. The writing is extremely friendly and is excellent for self-study. The author frequently tells you what he is doing and provides motivation, unlike the ubiquitous graduate-level text by Jackson. ...

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Jackson's classical electrodynamics is very complete, and often seen as the reference on CED. But I also like Rohrlich's classical charged particles that, as the title suggests, puts more emphasis on the subject of particles interacting with EM fields.

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Nakahara's Geometry, Topology and Physics has two chapters covering Fiber Bundles up to Connections on Fiber Bundles with a few applications in Gauge theories. If it is your first time learning Fiber Bundles i would recommend this books, it's rigorous and has a lot of physics-motivated examples.

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Griffiths has a quite good book, Introduction to Elementary Particles. The last chapter (I believe only in the revised edition) is all about gauge theories and culminates in the Higgs mechanism. This book can be read with just a bit of E&M, though a good deal of quantum mechanics will make the reading much quicker. Many of the specific examples can be ...

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I'll write here a list of my personal favorites plus some commonly used books. I wouldn't be surprised if your teacher chose either one of the books below as a textbook: i) Mechanics, the first volume of the Landau course on Theoretical Physics; ii) Goldstein's book "Classical Mechanics"; iii) Taylor's book "Classical Mechanics"; iv) Marion's book ...

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John Baez has freely available book based on a series of internet articles articles. I is very readable and definitely starts from scratch.

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I think I good book for that may be C. J. Isham's Modern Differential Geometry for Physicists. I haven't gotten to the chapter of fiber bundles, but what I've read seems to be quite rigorous. And as it is written for physicists, I think it could please your needs.

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My suggestion would be to start with the ADM formalism. The details of the Kaluza-Klein seperation will be a little different, because they're foliating on a timelike fiber, and thus, your "special" dimension is spacelike, but the idea is essentially the same -- the lapse function is your dilaton field, and the shift is your vector potential. I'm sure that ...

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I found some interesting papers for $N=2$ by Yuji Tachikawa (N-2 supersymmetric dynamcis for dummies, recently revised to N=2 supersymmetric dynamics for pedestrian : arXiv 1312.2684v2) and some advanced supersymmetric textbook contains extended supersymmetry well. Also these topics are related with Seiberg-witten theory, review papers on Seiberg-witten ...

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Quantum Computing since Democritus was useful to me, coming from a similar background. It first observes that one only needs a few principles of QM to think about quantum computation, and then launches into the complexity theory underlying the abilities of theoretical quantum computers.

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There are no proofs in physics. PERIOD FULL STOP. There are only measurements and models that are fit numerically. If that is not what you are looking for, you will have to stick with mathematics.

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In non-equilibrium stat mech, I would recommend Gavin Crooks' "Entropy production fluctuation theorem and the nonequilibrium work relation for free energy differences", in which he proves his famous theorem, and the related experimental paper by Carlos Bustamante's group "Verification of the Crooks fluctuation theorem and recovery of RNA folding free ...

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Try Schaum's Outlines: Quantum Mechanics, ISBN 0-07-054018-7. You'll see the math there, but you'll need to do the deep background studies on all the math from Chapter 2.

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