Book:How to become a good theoretical physicist

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Title:How to become a good theoretical physicist
Author:Gerard 't Hooft
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License:All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright
Description:This site, maintained by Nobel-Prize winner Gerard ‘t Hooft, has a layout for students who want to study theoretical physics on their own. He covers a wide variety of topics, from what languages to learn (he recommends learning the Greek alphabet, for example) to algebra to optics. Along the way, he lists specific websites that will help students along the way. Some of the links are to free textbooks (including books mentioned elsewhere at Textbook Revolution). Others are course notes, and others still are exercises.

The author has a wry sense of humor that shows through his somewhat fractured English. All in all, this is a remarkable webpage maintained by a remarkable man, and anyone even remotely interested in physics and self-study should spend some time there.

From the site:

It should be possible, these days, to collect all knowledge you need from the internet. Problem then is, there is so much junk on the internet. Is it possible to weed out those very rare pages that may really be of use? I know exactly what should be taught to the beginning student. The names and topics of the absolutely necessary lecture courses are easy to list, and this is what I have done below. It is my intention to search on the web where the really useful papers and books are, preferably downloadable as well. This way, the costs of becoming a theoretical physicist should not exceed much the price of a computer with internet connection, a printer, and lots of paper and pens.


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