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    $\begingroup$ If anyone wants, please use this chat room as well: Book Recommendations on Science. Please ping me. I shall always help you to my level best. $\endgroup$ – Wrichik Basu Oct 20 '17 at 5:45
  • $\begingroup$ @WrichikBasu: The list could benefit from one-two liner descriptions of the books. The simple words "introductory", "foundations" are a bit insufficient im humble o. (PS: the chat room is frozen) $\endgroup$ – Gaurang Tandon Mar 29 '18 at 11:36

Broad Interest



Classical Field Theories

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics



Astrophysics and Cosmology

Quantum Mechanics

Condensed Matter

Particle Physics

Quantum Field Theory

General Relativity

String Theory

Theoretical Physics (misc)




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