The internet is small; free physics books are found in it as frequently as
birds are found in aquaria. Here are the best ones:
• Friedrich Herrmann's excellent, short and freely downloadable physics textbook for secondary school, The Karlsruhe Physics Course, can be downloaded at www.physikdidaktik.uni-karlsruhe.de/index_en.html. It is available in several languages. This book is also recommended if you – girl or boy – need to repeat what you learned or should have learned about physics, the science of motion, before the age of 18. If you are a professional physicist and are interested in the background, you might also read the 2013 paper by C. Strunk and K. Rincke.
• Pearls for every physicist are the fallacies about physical concepts collected by Friedrich Herrmann, Historical Burdens on Physics, available at www.physikdidaktik.uni-karlsruhe.de/publication/pub_fremdsprachen/englisch.html.
• Two excellent introductory physics texts by Benjamin Crowell, Simple Nature and Light and Matter, as well as a textbook on calculus and a textbook on general relativity can be downloaded at www.lightandmatter.com.
• The Feynman Lectures on Physics, now over 50 years old, are online at www.feynmanlectures.info.
• For learning physics for university examinations, the site of reference is Rod Nave's Hyperphysics at hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html.
• The high-quality electrodynamics text by Bo Thidé, Electromagnetic Field Theory, can be found at www.physics.irfu.se/CED/Book/.
• The introduction to quantum mechanics that uses Schwinger's
approach, Quantum Principles and Particles by Walter Wilcox, can be
For an extensive list of internet links on physics see Appendix C: Sources of information on motion in volume I of the Motion Mountain physics text.
The following news and comments on particle physicists that are worth reading:
Two well-known physicists have given up working on unification but still write entertainingly about it:
- Peter Woit writes against string theory at www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress
- Lubos Motl writes in favour of string theory at motls.blogspot.com
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