more books

The following books have been added to the bibliography page. They were mentioned in today’s “Happenings”. One is control theory, two are upper division physics books, and one is a popular book about physics.

Carstens, James R.; Automatic Control Systems and Components.
Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN 0 13 054297 0
[classical controls; 25 feb 2008]
this book caught my eye when i saw that he had transfer functions for specific devices used in control systems; it won my heart when he distinquished between the parameters in his math models and the parameters to be found in catalogs!
This is an introductory and hands-on book. 

Zwiebach, Barton; A First Course in String Theory.
Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0 521 83143 1.
[string theory; 25 feb 2008]
This is the text for an upper-division couse at M.I.T.

Lederman, Leon, with Teresi, Dick; The God Particle.
Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1993. ISBN 0 385 31211 3.
[popular physics, particle physics; 25 feb 2008]
This is a popular book, and I had forgotten just how much fun it was to read. Even if you’ve seen The Standard Model of particles, you may enjoy this book; and if you don’t know the standard model, this is a fine place to start. (The title refers to the Higgs boson; it was that or the god-damned particle, he said.)

Griffiths, David; Introduction to Elementary Particles.
Wiley-VCH, 1987. ISBN 0 471 60386 3.
[elementary particle physics; 25 feb 2008]
An upper-division text. I really like his style, as well as his apparent precision. For an example of style: “In general, when you hear a physicist invoke the uncertainty principle, keep a hand on your wallet.”

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