I'm currently reading Introduction to Electrodynamics
by David J. Griffiths and partly Introduction to Superconductivity
by Michael Tinkham. Griffiths has proven good at writing physics textbooks in the past; I recommend his introduction to quantum mechanics. This one is also quite serviceable. I've been told that Michael Tinkham's work is considered a classic, so here's hoping that's true.
Originally Posted by Vexen
The Gun Slinger and Relativity: The Special and the General Theory. I must say, physics has been turned on its side for me. Classical and Newtonian physics broke down right before my eyes in mere 3 to 4 page chapters. Seriously changing the time axis into another meter axis? Spacetime? What the fuck Einstein! It's like my innocence has been stolen from me by a German Jew who died years ago.
I read Special Relativity: A Modern Introduction
myself. Coming to grips with it is an interesting experience. I remember having a lot of trouble with it myself and even now it's still sometimes confusing, or at least mathematically messy, particularly when switching from one system of reference to the next.
But when you consider alternatives, such as the ether theory? Suddenly it seems far more eloquent to go with relativity.