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The internet is a small place. Free physics books are found on the web as frequently as birds are found in aquaria. Here are the best ones known to the author:
 

• 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, available here.)

• 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/index_en.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 about 40 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.plasma.uu.se/CED/Book.

• The introduction to quantum mechanics that uses Schwinger's approach, Quantum Principles and Particles by Walter Wilcox, can be downloaded at blogs.baylor.edu/open_text/purpose/quantum-mechanics/.
 

For an extensive list of internet links to physics information see Appendix C: Sources of information on motion in volume I of the Motion Mountain physics text.

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