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My College Astronomy and Physics Textbooks

Kate K
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)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Extended Version Chapters 1-46 (with PhysicsNow and InfoTrac)
"The "Physics Bible," this 1600 page book was used for General Physics I & II.  Very colorful, very heavy, very useful."
Elementary Modern Physics
Elementary Modern Physics
"From my Intro to Modern Physics class, it's nice and thin!"
Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective
Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective
"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."
Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
"All hail Griffiths, this guy knows how to write a textbook.  It's a great way to learn Electricity and Magnetism."
Thermal Physics (2nd Edition)
Thermal Physics (2nd Edition)
"An adequate book for learning Thermodynamics."
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
"Another great Griffiths book, and absolutely essential for learning Quantum Physics."
Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
"This book is intimidating, but generally so is atomic physics, so that makes sense."
Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences
Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences
"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."
Astronomy: A Physical Perspective
Astronomy: A Physical Perspective
"My first astro textbook, good for an intro class that contains extensive use of math."
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 1, Basic Stellar Observations and Data
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 1, Basic Stellar Observations and Data
"Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 2
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 2
"Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 3
Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 3
"Excellent book (along with the other 2 volumes), for learning basic stellar astrophysics.  A must-have!"
Structure and Evolution of Stars
Structure and Evolution of Stars
"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."
Planetary Sciences
Planetary Sciences
"An adequate book for planetary astronomy."
Introduction to Cosmology
Introduction to Cosmology
"Although I find cosmology intensely irritating, this book was useful in learning something from the subject."
Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction
Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction
"Galactic astronomy is also infuriating, but this book is great!  Having learned it from the authors of the book also helped."
Astronomical Observations: An Optical Perspective
Astronomical Observations: An Optical Perspective
"ARGH!  I hated this class, Modern Astronomical Observation, but at least I looked at this book."
Astronomical Optics, Second Edition
Astronomical Optics, Second Edition
"This book, on the other hand, wasn't so helpful."
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
"An explanation of QED in a way only Feynman could put it.  Excellent!"
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
"Not a textbook, but very interesting nonetheless.  String theory from its most famous spokesman."