Sommerfeld is God for mathematical physics.

A compilation of books recommended by sci.physics participants as the "standard" or "classic" texts on a wide variety of topics of general interest to physicists and physics students. Source.

- General Physics (So Even Mathematicians Can Understand It!)
- Classical Mechanics
- Classical Electromagnetism
- Quantum Mechanics
- Statistical Mechanics and Entropy
- Condensed Matter
- Special Relativity
- Particle Physics
- General Relativity
- Mathematical Methods
- Nuclear Physics
- Cosmology
- Astronomy
- Plasma Physics
- Numerical Methods/Simulations
- Fluid Dynamics
- Nonlinear Dynamics, Complexity, and Chaos
- Optics (Classical and Quantum), Lasers
- Mathematical Physics
- Atomic Physics
- Low Temperature Physics, Superconductivity

Sommerfeld is God for mathematical physics.

Highly recommended texts compiled from the undergraduate lecture course given by Feynman.

Don't read:

Intermediate to advanced; excellent bibliography.

Excellent introduction without much calculus. Lots of problems and review questions.

graduate level text, a little less impressive than Goldstein (and sometimes a little less obtuse)

Intermediate to advanced, the definitive graduate(US)/undergraduate(UK) text.

Excellent and extensive collection of EM problems for undergrads.

Same level as Jackson and with lots of material not in Jackson.

Undergraduate or low-level graduate.

Introductory to intermediate.

Elementary level. Makes a few mistakes.

Philosophical. Collection of articles.

An exposition which has some gems on thermodynamics and probability. Worth reading for this alone.

(for comments, see under Particle Physics)

Advanced level.

An excellent collection of essays on the philosophical aspects of QM.

A good bet for a strong foundation in QM.

A decent undergraduate (senior level) text.

Best of a bad lot.

Semi-popular book on the direction of time by a philosopher. It has been controversial because of its criticism of physicists such as Hawking for their "double standards" in dealing with the old problem on the origin of the arrow of time. It is thought provoking and clearly written.

The following 6 books deal with modern topics in (mostly) classical statistical mechanics, namely, the central notions of linear response theory (Forster) and critical phenomena (the rest) at level suitable for beginning graduate students.

introductory

intermediate to advanced

This is from before the days of his ISSP; it is a more advanced book. At a similar level. . .

(a great bargain now that it's published by Dover)

Half of the book is on superconductivity.

Advanced.

Still the best introduction out there.

The best technical biography of the life and work of Albert Einstein.

Good on mathematical aspects of gauge theory and topology.

A popular exposition of the history of particle physics with terrific photography.

Just a little more up-to-date than GSW

A good non-technical introduction, with a nice mix of mathematical rigor and comprehensible physics.

A good book that takes a somewhat different approach to the subject.

This book used to be hard to find, but can now be bought at feshbachpublishing.com.

HE book of integrals. Huge, but useful when you need an integral.

is a really terrific text for self-study; it is like a baby version of Morse & Feshbach.

A very good book. It's pretty old, but most of the information in it is still correct.

More Popular Science, and very readable.

Undergraduate level broad intro.

There is a FAQ posted regularly to sci.nonlinear.

Standard reference.

For the more classically minded.

For quantum optics, the most readable but most limited.

If it isn't in this book, it isn't Fourier optics.

A very good introductory optics book.

Lie Algebra, Topology, Knot Theory, Tensors, etc.

These are books that are sort of talky and fun to read (but still substantial--some harder than others). These include things mathematicians can read about physics as well as vice versa. These books are different than the "bibles" one must have on hand at all times to do mathematical physics.

Gives the big picture in mathematics.

A classic, though a little old.

Old but good.

Introductory level.

Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys, P. G. DeGennes A classic introduction.

This is considered by many as a "bible" for those working in experimental low-temperature physics.

An alternative view of theoretical reasoning in physics for final year undergrads.