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Does anyone know any good books on Electronics or Physics? Answered

I don't want any Teach-Yourself-Electronics-In-Five-Easy-Lessons sort of thing, I'd like something practical, but good theoretical Physics and Electronics ones will do too. I've got the Feynman lectures (the best textbook ever) and Horovitz and Hill (I find it a bit too complex and filled with electrical engineering details that are old and not very necessary for me). I'd like a book to learn something (not a new idea) new for me and maybe find a few project ideas. i'm making a sort of a wish list. 
Any ideas?

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kelseymhBest Answer (author)2010-09-17

Besides the Feynman Lectures, my all time favorites for physics are Feynman's The Character Of Physical Law and QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. Much more than just math, both of those books can give you the qualitative intuition to think about and understand problems from a physics perspective. I still use QED when I'm trying to explain wavefunctions and interference to people.

H&H is the best book on electronic theory you can have. The subject is complex by nature :-) There are definitely people on the site who can give you recommendations for better "practical" electronics books, but have you looked at any of the many books by Forrest Mims?

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gruffalo child (author)kelseymh2010-09-18

I've read QED in June (instead of revising for Physics and Algebra exams) and I was really impressed by it. By the way, do you know a book called something like Space-Time Physics by Wheeler and Taylor - I've got half of it in a scanned Russian translation and it doesn't have a cover, so I don't know the name, but it is wonderfully written and I understand 90% of it, which is a great result for me. I've been looking for it since last winter.

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kelseymh (author)gruffalo child2010-09-18

Wheeler and Taylor is excellent; I don't own a copy (it was back in the days when I sold my textbooks back at the end of term :-). Have you tried searching online for a used copy? Amazon is sort of okay for that, but I believe there are sites specifically focussion on college textbooks. Do you need the Russian version?

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steveastrouk (author)kelseymh2010-09-17

I'll nit pick and say H+H ISN'T a theory book ! I think that's the point.

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CrLz (author)2010-09-17

An excellent book to learn the era of "modern" physics (the foundation of quantum physics and relativity) is Robert H. March's Physics For Poets.  In the introduction, March mentions that at a cocktail party all sorts of people feel free to discuss art, politics, philosophy- but not physics.  So he set out to write a book for any intelligent person to understand.  I'd wager that March does a better job than Feynman does, despite the fame of Feynman's lectures.

For projects, I recommend Scientific American's back-issues with "The Amateur Scientist" articles.  Forrest Mims, suggested by kelseymh, was one of the great writer/editors of this column.  You can access the articles via google for free.

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NachoMahma (author)2010-09-17

Ugly's isn't a particularly good learning tool, but it presents a lot of good info in a very compact form. And it makes a fantastic memory jogger.

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Re-design (author)blkhawk2010-09-17

I have the Pract. Elect. for Invert. and can whole heartedly recommend it.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-09-17

Horowitz and Hill 3rd edition is due out Real Soon Now apparently. But I've been waiting 20 years for it.......

Steve

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