In each section, books are order in increasing difficulty.


-Great insights

  • Morin, Introduction to Classical Mechanics: With Problems and Solutions

-Fun problems. For introductory mechanics, the perfect combination is reading Feynman then doing the problems from Morin.

  • Landau and Lifshitz, Mechanics

-Concise, beautiful arguments

  • Spivak, Physics for Mathematicians, Mechanics I

-Examines and challenges “basic” principles in mechanics


  • Landau and Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields
  • Dirac, General Theory of Relativity

-Extremely short

  • Wald, General Relativity
  • Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, Gravitation

-Classic, but long; it’s self-gravitating!

Quantum Mechanics

  • Griffiths, An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics


  • Shankar, Priniciples of Quantum Mechanics

-Basically an updated Dirac

  • Dirac, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

-The first and best book on QM

  • Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics


  • Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism

-Classic introduction, but a bit lengthy

  • Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics

-Clear exposition and well motivated, perfect for self-study; best introduction

  • Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics

-Legendary graduate text


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