Books & Notes



Everybody knows that a specific teacher or  book can make a world of difference, when one is trying to get a grasp of a subject. Well, this is my personal list of the books and notes that have helped me during my studies. Hopefully, it will be of some use to you as well.

All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours,

we must think them over again honestly,

till they take root in our personal experience. (J.W. Goethe)


Secondary School Physics

  • College Physics: Reasoning and

    (N. Giordano, textbook)

    Great book for A-level and Undergraduate students: full of examples, it stresses the importance of concepts and connections among them. The author provides an impressive quantity of every-day life applications of physical principles and laws. The mathematical tools and techniques used are basic and somewhat moved to the background.



  • The Variational Principles of Mechanics
    (C.Lanczos, textbook)

    Discursive but rigorous, less formalistic approach to analytical mechanics. Model of clear, scholarly exposition at graduate level with coverage of basic concepts, calculus of variations, principle of virtual work, equations of motion, relativistic mechanics, much more. 

Fluid Mechanics


Particle Physics

  • Symmetry and the Standard Model
    (M.Robinson, textbook)
    Meant to teach physicists the mathematics of particle physics. Clear and rigourous.

  • Introduction to Elementary Particles
    (D.Griffith, textbook)
    Tidy, clear, smooth. a book on particle physics that a mathematician can read, and that's a lot to say.

  • Field Quantization
    (W.Greiner, textbook)
    The book covers mathematical detail of relativistic field theory in a simple way, making it an excellent introductory text. It starts with classical field theory and moves on to all the important relativistic systems of free particles before a nice introduction to Feynman rules via quantum electrodynamics as the primer

Plant physiology and biomechanics

  • Trees: their natural history
    (P.A. Thomas, textbook)
    A comprehensive introduction to the natural history of trees, first published in 2000, presenting information on all aspects of tree biology and ecology in an easy to read and concise text. Fascinating insights into the workings of these everyday plants are uncovered throughout the book, with basic questions tackled in an illuminating way.

  • Plant biomechanics: an engineering approach to plant form and function
    (K.J. Niklas, textbook)
    First comprehensive treatment of plant biomechanics. Rigorous and well written, technical but
    supplemented with the background material needed.


Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

  • Understanding Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics
    (G. Lebon, D. Jou, textbook)

    The book gives a comprehensive overview of the existing theories on non-equilibrium thermodynamics. It is a good introduction for people intending to work in the field. It reviews and confronts the several approaches developed, starting from different points of view, and this is main strength.​

Structure of Matter

Numerical Analysis