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LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Sorry for two topics on one day ;)

Ive been looking at the Princeton Mathematics Guide, but its a bit pricey, and I still have my 100 level physics book (spilled some sort of engine fluid on the cover, and they wouldnt take it back. oh well, mine now). So, anything in the sciences, from the ground up, and even decent liberal arts books.

I have access to the university bookstore, even though i dont go there anymore, so even textbooks would be great (so long as they work as a standalone and dont require a professor's guide).
"I'm not stupid, I just have a command of thoroughly useless information." Watterson
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:30 pm
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lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

Post Re: Good reference books

Lallapalalable wrote:Sorry for two topics on one day ;)

Ive been looking at the Princeton Mathematics Guide, but its a bit pricey, and I still have my 100 level physics book (spilled some sort of engine fluid on the cover, and they wouldnt take it back. oh well, mine now). So, anything in the sciences, from the ground up, and even decent liberal arts books.

I have access to the university bookstore, even though i dont go there anymore, so even textbooks would be great (so long as they work as a standalone and dont require a professor's guide).


There are so many books to choose, what about the sciences do you wish to read? Let's be specific, so that I can do some digging up on certain references. :D
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:45 pm
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Pretty much the sciences from the ground up. Ive been out of school for so long that I'm forgetting some of the basics; I dropped out my sophmore year and never got too detailed with my courses, so a broad base would be nice. I already have a basic physics book (Giancoli, I believe), but my ultimate goal is to learn about quantum and astrophysics. So, I know the beginning and an approximation of the "end", its just the middle that I believe I wouldn't know where to look. Plus, a decent knowledge of chemistry and biology would probably supplement that as well, but I'm not currently looking to get too detailed with those.

And as far as liberal arts go, more or less I'm looking for history books, specifically anything up to the fall of classical civilization for now. Language writing guides would be helpful, as well.

Thanks bunches! I realize there's a lot to this request, but Ive been out of contact with a lot of the people I went to school with and my memory is a tad fuzzy on what materials I've purchased.
"I'm not stupid, I just have a command of thoroughly useless information." Watterson
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:37 pm
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lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

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Lallapalalable wrote:Pretty much the sciences from the ground up. Ive been out of school for so long that I'm forgetting some of the basics; I dropped out my sophmore year and never got too detailed with my courses, so a broad base would be nice. I already have a basic physics book (Giancoli, I believe), but my ultimate goal is to learn about quantum and astrophysics. So, I know the beginning and an approximation of the "end", its just the middle that I believe I wouldn't know where to look. Plus, a decent knowledge of chemistry and biology would probably supplement that as well, but I'm not currently looking to get too detailed with those.

And as far as liberal arts go, more or less I'm looking for history books, specifically anything up to the fall of classical civilization for now. Language writing guides would be helpful, as well.

Thanks bunches! I realize there's a lot to this request, but Ive been out of contact with a lot of the people I went to school with and my memory is a tad fuzzy on what materials I've purchased.


To be accurate, you'll be doing self studies?
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:47 pm
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Yes, that is what my plan is.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:11 pm
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lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

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Lallapalalable wrote:Yes, that is what my plan is.


Because I used the early versions of this book, and I doubt you'll get a copy of them, unless someone hands down some 1970's stuff, you'll have to deal with the current edition. Therefore, Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics, 6th Edition and the student companion site must help you in some way. http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?actio ... bcsId=1074
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:22 pm
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

Post Re: Good reference books

Thats great, thanks! Are the books widely available, would you know? I havent gotten a chance to check out the university book store yet, so Ill take a gander at what they have.

PS- you really seem to favor Rakka
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Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:56 pm
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