Recommended Textbooks

Below is a list of the standard textbooks for undergrad students of science major. To understand the front-runner science of the origin of the Universe, life and consciousness, at least, these levels of knowledge appear to be important and necessary in the four areas below:
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
The titles of the books below are linked to Amazon.com for your convenience.

(1) Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics

  • Author : Douglas C. Giancoli
  • 4th edition
  • This is the current text book at UCLA for life science major.
  • It includes significant amounts of biology and medical application.

(2) Astronomy Today

  • Authors : Eric Chaisson, Steve McMillan
  • 7th edition
  • This is the best textbook of Astronomy which is used at UCLA.
  • Towards the end, it includes modern cosmology extensively which is very useful.

(3) Campbell Biology

  • Authors : Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. Jackson
  • 9th edition
  • This is the standard text book for biology, with full of illustration and concise description of modern biology.

(4) Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

  • Authors : Albert Lehninger, David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox
  • 5th edition
  • This is the standard book for biochemistry, necessary to understand the origin and evolution of life.

(5) Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

  • Authors : Mark F. Bear, Barry W. Connors, Michael A. Paradiso
  • 3rd edition
  • This is the best textbook of neuroscience. No prior knowledge of science is required.

Recommended Textbooks for Physics Majors

Below is the list of the standard textbooks for physics majors. These are the textbooks which I have learned most of physics, and I have been using in my teaching, both for undergrad and grad students. The titles of the books are linked to Amazon.com for your convenience.

(1) The Feynman Lectures on Physics

  • Author : Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands
  • Boxed set: The New Millennium Edition
  • This is the famous textbook at Caltech for physics majors. (I learned the essence of physics from this textbook as an undergrad.)

(2) Introduction to Elementary Particles

  • Author : David Griffiths
  • 2nd edition
  • This is the best textbook for undergrad physics major to learn particle physics. It has been used at UCLA for many years.

(3) Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics

  • Author : Francis Halzen, Alan D. Martin
  • 1st edition (1984)
  • This is the best textbook for grad students of physics major to learn the Standard Model of particle physics.

(4) Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics

  • Author : Lars Bergström, Ariel Goobar
  • 2nd edition (2006)
  • This is the standard textbook for grad students of physics major to learn the modern cosmology with the latest developments.

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