Hi folks!

First off I'd like to say that I can see that I'm really going to enjoy visiting this forum. From what I've gleaned so far and from observing the other forum for a while before I joined there are some pleasant, intelligent people here. So thanks for welcoming me to your group!

The purpose of this thread is to seek out recommendations for textbooks. I’ve decided to start refreshing the basics in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, analytical mechanics etc. I haven’t forgotten this stuff to the point where I couldn’t explain it to others but I’d like to know it much better than I already do.

I’ve had a dream for a long time to write a textbook on relativistic electrodynamics and to accomplish this task I’d like to know the subject to the level of “expert.” I expect this will take about ten years before I start writing it. Meanwhile I’ll be gathering examples and homework problems for the text. One reason that has motivated me to have such a goal is the fact that it’s been impossible for me to find a single text that thoroughly covers a wide variety of topics in relativistic EM.

One very interesting fact that is rarely described in textbooks is a description of how an electrically neutral magnet can become charged when it’s rotating (total charge = 0). In fact the only textbook that I know of which describes this is “Classical Electromagnetic Theory” by Jack Vanderlinde.

One subject that I’ll be learning cold is Quantum Field Theory. Teachers have told me time and time again that this subject can’t be learned through self study. Therefore I’ll be relying on a friend of mine who’s well versed in the theory. He recommended the following text for me to pick upAn Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Field Theory, Silvan S. Schweber. He described this as “an excellent choice-- you couldn’t do better.”

So my question is, what are your favorite texts in the following areas

Classical/Relativistic Electrodynamics

Classical/Analytical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Field Theory

Elementary/High Energy Particle Physics

Atomic/Nuclear Physics

Special/General Relativity

Tensor Analysis

Differential Geometry

Mathematical Physics

Cosmology

Astrophysics

Astronomy

History of physics

There is a wonderful book calledA History of the Theories of Aether & Electricityby E. T. Whittaker, Dover Pub. For some strange reason a new copy of this text is very expansive, which is odd since Dover books are typically very inexpensive. And bookstores are usaully out of stock for it. Why would it be so costly? Any ideas?

Thanks everyone!