After considerable research over a few years, I have been able to put down a list of books that must be read by anyone aspiring to pursue a research/teaching career in physics. The list is created keeping in mind the single most essential assumption - you are going to sincerely learn the subject. You are not going to read these books just so you can clear an exam. I'll reiterate - These books are for those who want to get an admission into a graduate school and then go on to pursue a physics career.

General Physics :

1. Fundamentals of Physics - Halliday, Resnick, Walker

2. Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Serway, Jewett

3. University Physics with Modern Physics - Young, Freedman

Classical Mechanics

1. An Introduction to Mechanics - Kleppner, Kolenkow

2. Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems - Marion, Thornton

Electricity and Magnetism

1. Electricity and Magnetism - Edward M. Purcell

2. Classical Electricity and Magnetism - Panofsky, Phillips

Electrodynamics

1. Introduction to Electrodynamics - David J. Griffiths

2. Classical Electrodynamics - Jackson J D

Modern Physics

1. Principles of Modern Physics - Ashby, Miller

Thermodynamics

1. Understanding Thermodynamics - H.C. Van Ness

2. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics - F. Reif

3. Thermal Physics - Kittel

Quantum Physics

1. Quantum Physics - Eywind H. Wichmann

2. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - David J. Griffiths

3. Principles of Quantum Mechanics - R. Shankar

4. Quantum Mechanics - Eugen Merzbacher

5. Quantum Mechanics - Cohen-Tannoudji C., Diu B., Laloe F.

Relativity

1. Special Relativity - A. P. French

2. Gravity, an introduction to Einstein's General Relativity - James B. Hartle

Mathematical Physics

1. Basic Training in Mathematics - R. Shankar

2. Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences - Mary L. Boas

3. Mathematical Physics - Butkov

4. Mathematical Methods for Physicists - Arfken, Weber

Important Reference Books

1. Theoretical Concepts in Physics - M.S. Longair

2. Feynman Lectures in Physics - Richard Feynman

3. Landau, Lifschitz series

4. Classical Mechanics - Goldstein, Poole, Safko

The above list is light years away from being a complete one. It is a list intended to encourage undergraduate students to prepare well in order to get an admission into a graduate school, so he/she can feel confident in going about a physics career.

Good luck!

General Physics :

1. Fundamentals of Physics - Halliday, Resnick, Walker

2. Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Serway, Jewett

3. University Physics with Modern Physics - Young, Freedman

Classical Mechanics

1. An Introduction to Mechanics - Kleppner, Kolenkow

2. Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems - Marion, Thornton

Electricity and Magnetism

1. Electricity and Magnetism - Edward M. Purcell

2. Classical Electricity and Magnetism - Panofsky, Phillips

Electrodynamics

1. Introduction to Electrodynamics - David J. Griffiths

2. Classical Electrodynamics - Jackson J D

Modern Physics

1. Principles of Modern Physics - Ashby, Miller

Thermodynamics

1. Understanding Thermodynamics - H.C. Van Ness

2. Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics - F. Reif

3. Thermal Physics - Kittel

Quantum Physics

1. Quantum Physics - Eywind H. Wichmann

2. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - David J. Griffiths

3. Principles of Quantum Mechanics - R. Shankar

4. Quantum Mechanics - Eugen Merzbacher

5. Quantum Mechanics - Cohen-Tannoudji C., Diu B., Laloe F.

Relativity

1. Special Relativity - A. P. French

2. Gravity, an introduction to Einstein's General Relativity - James B. Hartle

Mathematical Physics

1. Basic Training in Mathematics - R. Shankar

2. Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences - Mary L. Boas

3. Mathematical Physics - Butkov

4. Mathematical Methods for Physicists - Arfken, Weber

Important Reference Books

1. Theoretical Concepts in Physics - M.S. Longair

2. Feynman Lectures in Physics - Richard Feynman

3. Landau, Lifschitz series

4. Classical Mechanics - Goldstein, Poole, Safko

The above list is light years away from being a complete one. It is a list intended to encourage undergraduate students to prepare well in order to get an admission into a graduate school, so he/she can feel confident in going about a physics career.

Good luck!

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