Many years after completing an undergraduate physics degree, I ordered Hecht's Physics book as a replacement for my misplaced Halliday/Resnick. At the time, several aspects of the book caught my attention and motivated my purchase. One was the unusual number of sidebars and examples dealing with interesting everyday applications and easy to perform experiments. Another was its mention of underlying themes; in particular, Noether's Principle is not just mentioned, but is used as a unifying framework for the more fundamental concepts being introduced. And, I was also familiar with Hecht's book on Optics.
I haven't regretted the purchase at all. Over the years, I used Hecht's Physics book for quick refreshers on various topics, occasionally learning minor but interesting details that I hadn't encountered during my undergraduate education. Earlier this year, I decided to read the book cover to cover (bedtime reading) to catch all the tidbits in the sections I hadn't yet perused. I found it enjoyable and time well-spent. Although the math is lightweight (being an introductory book), Hecht is an excellent expositor and it made for easy reading. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about physics and the role it plays in our everyday lives.
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