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  What papers should everyone read?

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Mathoverflow A single paper everyone should read?

CSTheory What papers should everyone read?


What papers should every physicist read?


  • One paper per answer.
  • Please provide at least a sentence what is inside and why you consider it so worth reading.
  • Choose original papers of important basic results rather than large survey papers or "meta" paper suggestion by Gil Kalai

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asked Nov 24, 2011 in Resources and References by Pratik Deoghare (30 points) [ revision history ]
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Patrik, it is a nice soft question but consider providing the full description in the question (as there is in MO and CSTheory) as _What papers should everyone read?_ without further description is a bit vague IMHO.

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Just one publication per answer? Okay, I suppose I get to spam a few answers then.

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Chapter 1, volume 3 of the Feynman lectures. It is simply put, the most important article I ever read in my life.

It is required reading not just for physicists, but really any human that wants to learn about the universe.

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answered Nov 29, 2011 by Columbia (160 points) [ no revision ]
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First a gloss to the way I understand the question : "should everyone read" - I mean that every serious researcher (in theoretical physics) has to refer as to an ultimate resource in searching for truth in natural sciences.

I am aware the fact, that many clever adepts in theoretical physics ignore the following milestones, nevertheless If they hadn't, the landscape of modern (theoretical) physics would have been much more optimistic.

  • Astronomia nova - Johannes Kepler (1609)
  • Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica - Isaac Newton (1687)
  • Über die Hypothesen welche der Geometrie zu Grunde liegen - Bernhard Riemann (1854)

These papers/books are indispensable, since no one has mentioned them yet and for their incomparable impact on sciences, more words are worthless.

To mention a modern review paper with many interesting references therein I could add :

PDE as a Unified Subject by Sergiu Klainerman.

An essay on partial differential equations written by a leading expert in the field, I strongly recommend to anyone attemping to know more on the subject as well as to those who would like to get a grasp of interactions between Mathematics and Physics.

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answered Dec 29, 2011 by Artes (0 points) [ no revision ]
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Anyone starting in physics has probably already purchased this book at their university bookstore, but I recomend it:

Griffiths, David (1987). Introduction to elementary particles (New ed.). New York: Wiley. ISBN 0471603864.

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answered Nov 25, 2011 by Larian LeQuella (110 points) [ no revision ]
Is there anything Griffiths didn't write? I'm particularly fond of my Intro to QM of his. The old fashioned hardback one with the gold cat on the front and back. Excellent introductory text. Intro to EM is also excellent.

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Griffiths' books are excellent, but I don't think this answer is particularly on topic in this thread.

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answered Jan 23, 2015 by lynnsonya (0 points) [ no revision ]
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Theodor Kaluza Theory of 1919.

"The unifying feature of this theory was that it unified Einstein's theory of gravitation and Maxwell's electromagnetic theory.

As Kaku writes

... this unknown scientist was proposing to combine, in one stroke, the two greatest field theories known to science, Maxwell's and Einstein's, by mixing them in the fifth dimension."

I fly all the way to Berlin, just for a copy. LOOPS '05

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answered Dec 8, 2011 by Terry Giblin (-60 points) [ no revision ]

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