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Gravity from the Ground Up: An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity
1.  Gravity from the Ground Up: An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity by Bernard F. Schutz
The list author says:
  "this book covers an enormous amount of material, everything is well explained. the book is also very modern, starting with equivalence principle and treating even newtonian physics "relativistically""
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Introduction to Cosmology
2.  Introduction to Cosmology by Barbara Sue Ryden
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  "one of the most readable books one will ever find (in physics). excellent companion to the text above"
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Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Vol. 1: From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED, 3rd Edition
3.  Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Vol. 1: From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED, 3rd Edition by Ian Johnston Rhind Aitchison
The list author says:
  "good introduction to gauge theories and quantum field theory, for path integral methods ryder is good"
$63.82   Used & New from: $38.65
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Quantum Mechanics
4.  Quantum Mechanics by F. Mandl
The list author says:
  "nice introduction to quantum mechanics. best explanation of Bell's theorem/inequality i have seen"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Lectures on Quantum Theory: Mathematical
5.  Lectures on Quantum Theory: Mathematical by C. J. Isham
The list author says:
  "best way to learn the mathematical/theoretical foundations of quantum theory. truly an excellent book, VERY clear"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Variational Principles of Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics)
6.  The Variational Principles of Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics) by Cornelius Lanczos
The list author says:
  "good book on variational calculus and Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity
7.  Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean M. Carroll
The list author says:
  "excellent book on general relativity; includes a chapter on quantum field theory in curved spacetime"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with Applications (Dover Books on Mathematics)
8.  Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with Applications (Dover Books on Mathematics) by E. C. Zachmanoglou
The list author says:
  "not really a physics book but nevertheless the book is so good i had to add it to the list. not many proofs, includes almost a ridiculous number of examples"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Gauge Fields, Knots, and Gravity (Series on Knots and Everything)
9.  Gauge Fields, Knots, and Gravity (Series on Knots and Everything) by John C. Baez
The list author says:
  "introduction to loop quantum gravity. shows at the end how even gravity can be treated as a gauge theory"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics)
10.  Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics) by Robert M. Wald
The list author says:
  "introduction to some quantum gravitational effects like Hawking radiation and Unruh effect"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Complex Variables (Dover Books on Mathematics)
11.  Complex Variables (Dover Books on Mathematics) by Francis J. Flanigan
The list author says:
  "again not a physics book but too good to not mention it. just read the reader reviews"
$12.35   Used & New from: $8.24
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Differential Forms and Connections
12.  Differential Forms and Connections by R. W. R. Darling
The list author says:
  "quite terse but good introduction to differential geometry and (last chapter) gauge theory, though i think it would be good to know something about differential geometry before reading this"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
13.  The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose
The list author says:
  "what the title says.. i honestly think that this could be the best book ever written on physics (though some chapters are quite difficult). math part is also good. good exercises"
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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
14.  The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
The list author says:
  "good popular science book. covers for example general relativity and quantum mechanics (qm treatment is almost perfect), arrow of time and inflation. explanations are CRYSTAL clear"
$27.21   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Three Roads To Quantum Gravity (Science Masters)
15.  Three Roads To Quantum Gravity (Science Masters) by Lee Smolin
The list author says:
  "good popular science book. covers black hole thermodynamics, loop quantum gravity, string theory and holography"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics
16.  The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian B. Barbour
The list author says:
  "relational physics. world is not given twice (no invisible framework in which everything else is embedded). very difficult but very interesting book"
$18.70   Used & New from: $0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

A First Course in General Relativity
17.  A First Course in General Relativity by Bernard F. Schutz
The list author says:
  "probably the best "technical introduction" to general relativity there is. especially good for learning the meaning of tensor analysis (for example covariant derivative) and energy-momentum tensor"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Atomic Physics: 8th Edition (Dover Books on Physics)
18.  Atomic Physics: 8th Edition (Dover Books on Physics) by M. Born
The list author says:
  "if you want to know where quantum mechanics came from..."
$15.74   Used & New from: $2.97
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Introducing Einstein's Relativity
19.  Introducing Einstein's Relativity by Ray D'Inverno
The list author says:
  "yet another excellent intro to general relativity"
$82.53   Used & New from: $51.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Supplemental texts? 5 Jul 13, 2013
Space-time. 4 Jul 31, 2012
Anything new? 1 Jun 11, 2012
Albert Einstein's theory of gravity is generally explained in a wrong way 3 Apr 2, 2012
should i read the book first? or watch his movie? 4 Oct 29, 2011
Albert Einstein's theory of gravity is generally explained in a wrong way 4 Apr 25, 2011
God playing dice? 7 Apr 22, 2011
The box with the red and blue lights question. 3 Jan 25, 2011
What to read after this book? 0 May 18, 2009
Dark matter: Did anyone look behind the couch? 1 Dec 26, 2007
AEDS 2 Oct 25, 2006
Welcome to the The Road to Reality forum 8 Jul 25, 2006
 
   

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