My College Astronomy and Physics Textbooks

A Listmania! list by Kate K (WI)
The list author says: "Here is the list of the books I've used in my undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy. They represent a mix of useful and not-so-useful texts, but mainly they provide a good foundation in college-level astrophysics."
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Extended Version Chapters 1-46 (with PhysicsNow and InfoTrac )
1.  Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Extended Version Chapters 1-46 (with PhysicsNow and InfoTrac ) by Raymond A. Serway
The list author says:
  "The "Physics Bible," this 1600 page book was used for General Physics I & II.  Very colorful, very heavy, very useful."
Used & New from: $3.79
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Elementary Modern Physics
2.  Elementary Modern Physics by Paul Allen Tipler
The list author says:
  "From my Intro to Modern Physics class, it's nice and thin!"
$84.45   Used & New from: $7.21
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective
3.  Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective by Vernon Barger
The list author says:
  "From my Classical Mechanics class, this book is very dull and full of errors.  Even having the class taught by the authors didn't help in the understanding of the book."
Used & New from: $81.75

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Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
4.  Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition) by David J. Griffiths
The list author says:
  "All hail Griffiths, this guy knows how to write a textbook.  It's a great way to learn Electricity and Magnetism."
Used & New from: $29.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Thermal Physics (2nd Edition)
5.  Thermal Physics (2nd Edition) by Charles Kittel
The list author says:
  "An adequate book for learning Thermodynamics."
$158.49   Used & New from: $75.00
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
6.  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition) by David J. Griffiths
The list author says:
  "Another great Griffiths book, and absolutely essential for learning Quantum Physics."
$137.80   Used & New from: $63.58
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Quantum Mechanics
7.  Quantum Mechanics by J. L. Basdevant
The list author says:
  "This book is intimidating, but generally so is atomic physics, so that makes sense."
$84.34   Used & New from: $46.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences
8.  Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Philip R. Bevington
The list author says:
  "THE book about data reduction and calculating error, I've used this book in every physics lab class I've had.  Very handy on any physicist's bookcase."
$92.68   Used & New from: $54.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Astronomy: A Physical Perspective
9.  Astronomy: A Physical Perspective by Marc Leslie Kutner
The list author says:
  "My first astro textbook, good for an intro class that contains extensive use of math."
$85.54   Used & New from: $27.74
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 1, Basic Stellar Observations and Data
10.  Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 1, Basic Stellar Observations and Data by Erika Bohm-Vitense
The list author says:
  "Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
$65.82   Used & New from: $7.40
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 2
11.  Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 2 by Erika Bohm-Vitense
The list author says:
  "Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
$61.91   Used & New from: $4.88
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 3
12.  Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 3 by Erika Bohm-Vitense
The list author says:
  "Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
$57.00   Used & New from: $9.81
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Structure and Evolution of Stars
13.  Structure and Evolution of Stars by Martin Schwarzschild
The list author says:
  "A classic of the early age of astronomy, this is a nice supplement to a stellar astro textbook.  Some of the chapters are now out-of-date, but the basic theories are still useful."
Used & New from: $1.27

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Planetary Sciences
14.  Planetary Sciences by Imke De Pater
The list author says:
  "An adequate book for planetary astronomy."
Used & New from: $4.45
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Introduction to Cosmology
15.  Introduction to Cosmology by Barbara Sue Ryden
The list author says:
  "Although I find cosmology intensely irritating, this book was useful in learning something from the subject."
$73.98   Used & New from: $40.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction
16.  Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction by Linda Siobhan Sparke
The list author says:
  "Galactic astronomy is also infuriating, but this book is great!  Having learned it from the authors of the book also helped."
Used & New from: $19.95
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Astronomical Observations: An Optical Perspective
17.  Astronomical Observations: An Optical Perspective by Gordon Arthur Hunter Walker
The list author says:
  "ARGH!  I hated this class, Modern Astronomical Observation, but at least I looked at this book."
$84.09   Used & New from: $0.70

Astronomical Optics, Second Edition
18.  Astronomical Optics, Second Edition by D. J. Schroeder
The list author says:
  "This book, on the other hand, wasn't so helpful."
$149.13   Used & New from: $99.75
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
19.  QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library) by Richard P. Feynman
The list author says:
  "An explanation of QED in a way only Feynman could put it.  Excellent!"
$13.11   Used & New from: $8.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
20.  The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
The list author says:
  "Not a textbook, but very interesting nonetheless.  String theory from its most famous spokesman."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (706 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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