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8:10 AM
@SillyGoose most courses I had didn't even really use one specific book - they usually said something like "we're mostly following X, but here's a bunch of other resources that are also relevant"
 
 
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9:52 AM
yes, in the best case they had their own notes. When they do follow a book closely, it's because their notes have been published as a book. Of all the courses I took, I think a couple followed (a subset of) a book closely and the author was not the lecturer/previous lecturer at the same uni
 
10:26 AM
Same for me. It was curious that the recommended books were quite different from the courses but there were non-recommended books that were so alike
Following a book closely is something students can do on their own
Side note about books: I hate when math books are ill-formatted and you see these huge walls of text
 
 
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5:56 PM
some lecture notes i have received so far (not many years to be fair) have seemed incomplete--so i end up just working through a book on the subject xD. would like to experience exceptional lecture notes one day
 
 
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9:53 PM
do ya'll think the applications of cylindrical symmetry are as far reaching as that of spherical?
 
I'm not sure I understand the question :P
both are applicable to exactly those situations that are cylindrically or spherically symmetric, where does opinion enter into this?
 
10:18 PM
@ACuriousMind Can you help me understand this paper? arxiv.org/pdf/0804.1377.pdf
Mainly some basic conceptual issues
That are more to do with the background knowledge required
 

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