Unless you are an engineering major, who out there really loves physics? It’s a complicated subject with so many different formulas, equations, and ways of interpreting how the natural environment around us actually works. But if you use a physics book that is informative, comprehensive, and easy to understand, it will make your physics classes – and your life – a whole lot easier.
According to Amazon.com, the following three books are considered the best physics textbooks on the market. That is why you should feel fortunate if you pull up your textbook list for the upcoming semester and see one of these books on it:
1) An Introduction To Mechanics [Hardcover] by Daniel Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow (1973 – McGraw-Hill – 600 pages)
Although this book was originally published nearly 40 years ago, it remains a classic introduction to the various principles originally defined by Sir Isaac Newton. It contains a variety of sample physics problems that have already been solved along with a collection of challenging ones for students to figure out themselves. If you are an undergraduate student taking an introductory course in physics, this book could be your best friend, even if it’s not required for your specific class.
2) Electricity and Magnetism (Berkeley Physics Course, Vol. 2) [Hardcover] by Edward M. Purcell (1984 – McGraw-Hill – 506 pages)
This is another physics book that has been around for a long time. But don’t let the publication date fool you. It’s a very thorough and wide-ranging text that covers the following subjects: electrostatics, steady currents, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, and magnetic polarization. This book has a unique approach to the general topic of physics and emphasizes the fundamental rules within this discipline. Just like the first book, you should consider getting a copy of this one if you aren’t specifically using it in your classes because of how quickly you can find and learn information in it.
3) The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe [Hardcover] by Roger Penrose (2005 – Knopf – 1,136 pages)
This is a much newer physics textbook penned by English physicist Roger Penrose, who is widely considered a living legend in the science field. This book is more like an encyclopedia of information about the fundemantal principles of the physical universe and the mathematical theories and formulas that are used to define it. It is a tremendous resource for both physics students and those taking higher-level math courses. Don’t let the length of the book scare you. If you need this book for a class, you will likely be focusing on only certain sections of it. Otherwise, it is a great reference tool to have on-hand as an engineering student.