General Physics

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by Richard P. Feynman et.al 


If you are an undergrad physics major and want to understand the "why" of what you are being taught, then this is the classic reference, by the master.

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A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing  by Lawrence M. Krauss


This makes a good complement to Weinberg's 'First three minutes" (see above, and no mathematics required here!)

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The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe  by Steven Weinberg

So you want to understand the Big Bang,
how the universe got started, how the elements formed, HOW DO WE know?, plus some simple estimates...well this remarkable book by a Nobel Laureate does all that.

Minimum pre-requisites.


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Mathematical Methods for Physicists, Seventh Edition: A Comprehensive Guide   by George B. Arfken


This is the latest edition and seems to contain more preliminary material. I used a much earlier edition and fell in love with it. The examples are perfect for those who wish to see how how the power of mathematics can be used to handle realistic examples from the real physical world.

If you intend to major in physics, you need the mathematical background here.

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