# My library

March 27, 2022

PhD Candidate in Physics

March 27, 2022

Nowadays, we can find most resources online. Even books are in pdf and can fit in a device five times thinner than a book. But I still prefer to hold a book in my hands! I will list here the books that I used in my undergraduate and graduate studies, those that I found interesting and sometimes very useful, both in physics and in mathematics.

The mathematics books that I have are designed for physicists:

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**Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics**" by V.I. Arnold. Probably a must-have for theoretical physicists. All the fundamental mathematical methods needed for classical mechanics are explained. And these methods are most of the time applicable in other fields too. - "
**Mathematical Physics**" by Sadri Hassani. It is not a book that you read from the start to the end. It is more a library of mathematical concepts that are explained in an understandable way.

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**Mechanics**" by Landau & Lifshitz. It is the most insightful book on classical mechanics that I read. It gave me a new light on numerous fundamental physical concepts. It is not an easy book though, but it is, in my opinion, worth the effort. - "
**The Feynmann Lectures on Physics: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat**" by Feynman, Leighton, and Sands. It is not a textbook. It is a book that helps you understand physical concepts. Probably not for first-year students. In my opinion, it is a great book complementary to a textbook.

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**Introduction to Electrodynamics**" by David J. Griffiths. It is the most comprehensive textbook for undergraduate students that I found. It really helped me to get some intuition in electromagnetism. - "
**Field theory**" by Landau & Lifshitz. A clear and concise book. Not designed for undergraduate students, I would say, like most of the L&L collection. - "
**Classical Electrodynamics**" by John David Jackson. A reference for many people. It is more oriented for particle physicists, but it is a well-written and comprehensive book.

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**Statistical Physics**" by Landau & Lifshitz. (in 2 books) They are hard books. Nevertheless, they also appear to be a reference for many physicists in the world. Unparallel to understanding Condensed Matter. - "
**Physique Statistique - Introduction**" by Christian Ngô & Hélène Ngô. A really interesting first book on statistical physics, designed for bachelor students. Sadly enough I don't think it exists in English, but it is a nice introduction for French speakers! - "
**Physique Statistique**" by B. Diu, C. Guthmann, D. Lederer, B. Roulet. A bible in statistical physics. Everything is in it. Because of that, it is not really a concise book on the subject. Also only in French...

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**Quantum Mechanics**" by C. Cohen-Tanoudji. A comprehensive and well-written book on the subject, starting from optics. A lot of examples, a lot of details. It is an excellent book for both undergraduate and graduate students. My bible, 10/10 would buy again. - "
**The Principles of Quantum Mechanics**" by Paul Dirac. Who else than one of the creators himself to explain to you in a really concise way all the concepts of Quantum Mechanics. - "
**Quantum Mechanics**" by A. Messiah. Some ideas are a bit outdated, but it is still a reference due to the mathematical rigor of the demonstrations. For instance, the "Cohen-Tanourdji" often refers to this book for complex/too-long demonstrations.

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**Introduction to Classical and Quantum Computing**". One of the best introductions to the subject for beginners in the field. Also, it is good to know how classical computers work, which is something that I forget sometimes. - "
**Quantum Computation and Quantum Information"**by Michael A. Nielsen et Isaac L. Chuang. The bible on the subject. A must-read for anyone really interested in quantum computing.

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**Solid State Physics**" by N. Ashcroft and N. Mermin. Impressive book on the subject. I learned a lot from it, from thermal conduction to the Tight-binding model... - "
**Optoelectronics**" by E. Rosencher, B. Vinter and P. G. Biva. It really helped me when I was in my master's degree and I was learning light-matter interaction. - "
**Bose-Einstein Condensation**" by L. Pitaevskii and S. Stringari. A reference on the subject. It is never too far away from me.

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**QFT for the gifted amateur**" by T. Lancaster and S. J. Blundell. Impressively good introduction on the subject. I already knew a little about General Relativity but I have to work quickly on QFT. I had 2 weeks to understand something on the subject, and this book helped me out.

"*Sleep is good, he said, and books are better." * George R. R. Martin