List of physics textbooks with prices as of December 2015
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This list is limited in scope to currently available English-language physics course textbooks between the sophomore and first-year graduate levels.
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My hope is that this list will be useful to physics instructors selecting textbooks, and to anyone who is interested in textbook prices and the upheaval of the textbook publishing industry.
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For a discussion of these issues see http://dvschroeder.blogspot.com/2015/12/textbook-price-pandemonium.html.
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Prices are for U.S. editions and are mostly obtained from publishers' web sites; discounts are often available from publishers or from other online retailers.
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I've intentionally omitted texts that are not widely used in the U.S. If there are other important omissions or errors, please email me at dschroeder at weber dot edu.
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CourseAuthorTitle
Edition
PublisherYear
List price (12/15)
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AstrophysicsCarroll and OstlieIntroduction to Modern Astrophysics2Pearson2007$225.00
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AstrophysicsRyden and PetersonFoundations of Astrophysics1Pearson2010$198.00
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AstrophysicsMoazAstrophysics in a Nutshell1Princeton2007$85.00
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AstrophysicsChoudhuriAstrophysics for Physicists1Cambridge2010$74.99looks pretty advanced
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Atomic and Molecular Physics
Bransden and JoachainPhysics of Atoms and Molecules2Pearson2003$223.40
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BiophysicsClaycomb and Tran
Introductory Biophysics: Perspectives on the Living State
1Jones & Bartlett2011$162.95
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BiophysicsNelsonBiological Physics1Macmillan2013$147.99revised with new art in 2013
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BiophysicsNelsonPhysical Models of Living Systems1Macmillan2015$140.99paperback
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Computational PhysicsDeVries and Hasbun
A First Course in Computational Physics
2Jones & Bartlett2011$190.95
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Computational PhysicsGiordano and NakanishiComputational Physics2Pearson2006$182.40
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Computational PhysicsZimmerman and OlnessMathematica for Physics2Pearson2003$152.40maybe not a true computational physics textbook
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Computational Physics
Gould, Tobochnik, and Christian
An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods
3Pearson2006$131.20recently went out of print; list price is from Amazon
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Computational PhysicsLandau, Paez, and BordeianuA Survey of Computational Physics1Princeton2008$115.00
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Computational PhysicsFranklinComputational Methods for Physics1Cambridge2013$84.99
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Computational PhysicsWoolfson and Pert
An Introduction to Computer Simulation
1Oxford1999$74.00
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Computational PhysicsNewmanComputational Physics1CreateSpace2012$48.00
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Computational PhysicsGarciaNumerical Methods for Physics2CreateSpace2015$19.00first edition was published by Addison-Wesley
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CosmologyRydenIntroduction to Cosmology1Pearson2003$108.60out of print by end of December
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ElectrodynamicsWangsnessElectromagnetic Fields2Wiley1986$205.95paperback, print on demand
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ElectrodynamicsGriffithsIntroduction to Electrodynamics4Pearson2013$174.60
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ElectrodynamicsFitzpatrick
Maxwell's Equations and the Principles of Electromagnetism
1Jones & Bartlett2008$164.95paperback
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ElectrodynamicsOhanianClassical Electrodynamics2Jones & Bartlett2007$164.95
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ElectrodynamicsPurcell and MorinElectricity and Magnetism3Cambridge2013$89.99
more elementary than a standard text; earlier editions published by McGraw-Hill
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ElectrodynamicsCook
The Theory of the Electromagnetic Field
1Dover1981$34.95was Prentice Hall
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Electrodynamics (grad)Brau
Modern Problems in Classical Electrodynamics
1Oxford2003$194.95
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Electrodynamics (grad)JacksonClassical Electrodynamics3Wiley1999$127.95
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Electrodynamics (grad)Garg
Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell
1Princeton2012$110.00
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Electrodynamics (grad)Landau and LifshitzThe Classical Theory of Fields4Elsevier1980$72.95Butterworth-Heinemann imprint
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Electrodynamics (grad)Panofsky and PhillipsClassical Electricity and Magnetism2Dover1962$29.95was Addison-Wesley
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ElectronicsSnokeElectronics: A Physical Approach1Pearson2015$138.60
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ElectronicsHorowitz and HillThe Art of Electronics3Cambridge2015$120.00
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General RelativityHartle
Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
1Pearson2003$114.20
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General RelativitySchutzA First Course in General Relativity2Cambridge2009$89.99
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General RelativityOhanian and RuffiniGravitation and Spacetime2Norton1994$89.75
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General RelativityMooreA General Relativity Workbook1
University Science Books
2013$76.50paperback
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General RelativityCheng
A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology
1Oxford2015$49.95
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General RelativityCheng
Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
2Oxford2010$49.95
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Math MethodsBoas
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
3Wiley2006$210.95
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Math MethodsFelder and Felder
Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics
1Wiley2016$191.95paperback
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Math MethodsArfken, Weber, and Harris
Mathematical Methods for Physicists
7Elsevier2012$124.95Academic Press imprint
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Math MethodsMcQuarrie
Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
1
University Science Books
2003$122.50
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MechanicsFowles and CassidayAnalytical Mechanics7Cengage2005$404.95
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MechanicsMarion and Thornton
Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems
5Cengage2004$401.95
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MechanicsHamillIntermediate Dynamics1Jones & Bartlett2010$303.95
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MechanicsHasbun
Classical Mechanics with MATLAB Applications
1Jones & Bartlett2009$255.95
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MechanicsAryaIntroduction to Classical Mechanics2Pearson1998$208.00
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MechanicsTaylorClassical Mechanics1
University Science Books
2005$124.50
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MechanicsHand and FinchAnalytical Mechanics1Cambridge1998$110.00
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MechanicsMorinIntroduction to Classical Mechanics1Cambridge2008$94.99includes relativity
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MechanicsFrenchNewtonian Mechanics1Norton1971$47.56more elementary than a standard text
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Mechanics (grad)Goldstein, Poole, and SafkoClassical Mechanics3Pearson2002$204.40
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Mechanics (grad)FinnClassical Mechanics1Jones & Bartlett2009$173.95
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Mechanics (grad)Jose and Saletan
Classical Dynamics: A Contemporary Approach
1Cambridge1998$105.00
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Mechanics (grad)Landau and LifshitzMechanics3Elsevier1976$72.95Butterworth-Heinemann imprint
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Mechanics (grad)Fetter and Walecka
Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua
1Dover1980$37.95was McGraw-Hill
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Modern PhysicsSerway, Moses, and MoyerModern Physics3Cengage2005$368.95
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Modern PhysicsThornton and Rex
Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers
4Cengage2013$355.95
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Modern PhysicsKraneModern Physics3Wiley2012$208.95
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Modern PhysicsEisberg and Resnick
Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles
2Wiley1985$206.95more advanced than most; can't find it on Wiley's web site; info from Amazon
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Modern PhysicsHarrisModern Physics2Pearson2008$197.00
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Modern PhysicsTipler and LlewellynModern Physics6Macmillan2012$182.99
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Modern PhysicsOhanianModern Physics2Pearson1995$179.00
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Modern PhysicsTaylor, Zafiratos, and Dubson
Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers
2
University Science Books
2015$98.50paperback; formerly published in hardcover by Prentice Hall
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Modern PhysicsTownsend
Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics
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University Science Books
2010$98.50a little advanced compared to others, with narrower focus on quantum theory
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Modern PhysicsSproull and Phillips
Modern Physics: The Quantum Physics of Atoms, Solids, and Nuclei
3Dover1980$34.95
was Wiley; seems to be an Eisberg&Resnick competitor, without coverage of relativity
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Nuclear and Particle PhysicsDunlap
An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles
1Cengage2004$268.95paperback
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Nuclear and Particle PhysicsFrauenfelder and HenleySubatomic Physics2Pearson1991$186.40
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Nuclear and Particle PhysicsWilliamsNuclear and Particle Physics1Oxford1991$105.95
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Nuclear PhysicsKraneIntroductory Nuclear Physics3Wiley1987$241.95
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OpticsHechtOptics4Pearson2002$209.40
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Optics
Pedrotti, Pedrotti, and Pedrotti
Introduction to Optics3Pearson2007$204.40
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OpticsGuentherModern Optics2Oxford2015$98.50
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OpticsLipson, Lipson, and LipsonOptical Physics4Cambridge2010$94.99
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OpticsPeatross and WarePhysics of Light and Optics8Lulu2015$21.30
discounted 40% to $12.78; free download from authors' web site; frequently revised
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OpticsFowlesIntroduction to Modern Optics1Dover1975$19.95was Holt, Rinehart and Winston
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Particle PhysicsSeiden
Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction
1Pearson2004$155.60probably grad level
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Particle PhysicsCarlsmithParticle Physics1Pearson2013$139.20undergrad level
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Particle PhysicsGriffithsIntroduction to Elementary Particles2Wiley2008$110.00paperback
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Quantum MechanicsReedQuantum Mechanics1Jones & Bartlett2008$240.95
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Quantum MechanicsGasiorowiczQuantum Physics3Wiley2003$224.95
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Quantum MechanicsGriffithsIntroduction to Quantum Mechanics2Pearson2005$193.20
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Quantum MechanicsLiboffIntroductory Quantum Mechanics4Pearson2002$193.20recently went out of print; list price from Amazon
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Quantum MechanicsBlumelFoundations of Quantum Mechanics1Jones & Bartlett2010$175.95emphasizes quantum information; not suitable for a traditional course
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Quantum MechanicsMcIntyre
Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach
1Pearson2013$135.20
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Quantum MechanicsPeeblesQuantum Mechanics1Princeton1992$120.00
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Quantum MechanicsShankarPrinciples of Quantum Mechanics2Springer1994$115.00is or was under Plenum imprint
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Quantum MechanicsGoswamiQuantum Mechanics2Waveland Press1997$113.95formerly published by William C Brown
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Quantum MechanicsRobinett
Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples
2Oxford2006$105.95
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Quantum MechanicsTownsend
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics
2
University Science Books
2013$98.50
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Quantum Mechanics
Schumacher and Westmoreland
Quantum Processes, System, and Information
1Cambridge2010$89.99
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Quantum MechanicsBeck
Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
1Oxford2012$89.00
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Quantum MechanicsZettili
Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications
2Wiley2009$83.00paperback, hardcover also available
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Quantum MechanicsMandlQuantum Mechanics1Wiley1992$67.00paperback, print on demand
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Quantum MechanicsBinney and SkinnerThe Physics of Quantum Mechanics1Oxford2013$49.95
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