Theoretical Physics

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Theoretical Physics (Dover Books on Physics)
1.  Theoretical Physics (Dover Books on Physics) by Georg Joos
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  "Perhaps the finest summary of Undergraduate material available. Very quaint, archaic text. Don't expect coherent units [MKSA] throughout, though."
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General Relativity
2.  General Relativity by Wald
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  "Excellent GR text for the form it takes in modern Mathematics. Modern developments like f(R) theories can easily be followed, given the wealth of material contained within."
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The Variational Principles of Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics)
3.  The Variational Principles of Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics) by Cornelius Lanczos
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  "The best "Classical Mechanics" book available. Firm basis is provided for understanding "where" Quantum Physics comes from; that is, by extending the idea of dynamical variable [non-]commutation."
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Tensors, Differential Forms and Variational Principles (Dover Books on Mathematics)
4.  Tensors, Differential Forms and Variational Principles (Dover Books on Mathematics) by David Lovelock
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  "Probably the best place to start for f(R), and general curvature scalar-functional field theories. Wonder why String Theorists give "strange combinations" of R_ijkl in actions as Gravity predictions?"
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Differential Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics)
5.  Differential Geometry (Dover Books on Mathematics) by Erwin Kreyszig
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  "The development of the Mathematical topics in this book best parallels Einstein's considerations as to absorbing Gravity into a geometric structure of space and time itself, in my opinion. Quaint."
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Quantum Mechanics 2 Volumes
6.  Quantum Mechanics 2 Volumes by Albert Messiah
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  "The authoritative book on Quantum Physics, where all developments have been carefully explained; from De Broglie's "Matter Waves" to Dirac's relativistic theory of the Electron. Study this well."
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Electromagnetic Theory
7.  Electromagnetic Theory by Stratton Julius Adams
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  "Antiquated, but very much ahead of its time. MKSA throughout; with the full, tensorial derivation of the Lorentz force law, among other advanced topics in applications of Maxwellian Electro-Magnetism."
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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: With Applications to Chemistry (Dover Books on Physics)
8.  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: With Applications to Chemistry (Dover Books on Physics) by Linus Pauling
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  "A very old, simple book. Feynman himself used it to learn Quantum Physics [and attempt a crude Gravity quantisation from the Schrödinger operator rules whilst at MIT; oddly similar to Wheeler-DeWitt!]"
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Elements of Advanced Quantum Theory
9.  Elements of Advanced Quantum Theory by J. M. Ziman
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  "Moving from Schrödinger's "Wave Mechanics" to QFT is quite difficult, but this book does extremely well to bridge the gap for the beginner.  Any standard QFT book can then be read afterwards."
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The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
10.  The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Sir Roger Penrose
The list author says:
  "My own interest in Theoretical Physics was ignited by this excellent book. Great discipline is required to undertake its study, with an ever-present mental process of geometric conceptual reasoning."
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