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I have a more mathematical background but have always been interested in astrophysics, cosmology, astronomy, etc. There are a lot of popular books on the subject, but I am getting more interested in looking at a more rigorous approach to it.

What are the best introductory textbooks on the subject? (Calculus+ and assuming introductory courses in Mechanics and Heat and Electricity and Magnetism, etc.)

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closed as too broad by TildalWave, Eduardo Serra, astromax, Alexey Bobrick, Donald.McLean Dec 27 '13 at 12:07

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Requests for resources and list questions are generally best avoided on main Stack Exchange sites because answers become obsolete too fast. Using superlative adjectives like "best" in your question is also making it too subjective, so it might solicit prolonged discussion, which doesn't fit in the Q&A model of our website well. I can see how it could still be useful to wider audience tho, so I suggest moving this question to our Astronomy Meta to avoid members taking issue with it. –  TildalWave Dec 26 '13 at 8:27
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@AlexeyBobrick Moving it to Astronomy Meta would still mean it's a part of our Astronomy, I don't follow what point you're making? I'm not saying we should nuke it, I'm saying we should keep it where it will be less of a problem maintaining it current and at the same time less exposed to vandalism. E.g. if we would have one single answer as a community wiki, then everyone could edit it and keep updated, but that comes with more risk of edits defacing it on the main site. And much less so on Astronomy Meta, that is much less exposed and mostly genuinely interested members participate. –  TildalWave Dec 26 '13 at 13:54
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@AlexeyBobrick No, only from the Astronomy Meta search, but mods could always add the "featured" tag to it and it would display as link in the Community Bulletin (the yellow box to the right of every page on Astronomy). There are ways to control visibility, but if we allow one exception it'll create a dangerous precedent that'll prove tough to weed out. We still didn't solve this for some older such posts on Space Exploration, because it'd part members with some of their rep if we moved them all to our meta there. But we do disallow it from now on on the main site. –  TildalWave Dec 26 '13 at 14:41
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I'm okay with making this a community wiki and/or moving it to meta. –  Robert Cardona Dec 26 '13 at 17:45
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@Robert The question itself could stay as is (moved to meta, but no conversion to CW is needed for that), but we should target one or perhaps only a few CW answers in which we all can add suggestions, perhaps organize them in categories and such (see e.g. this similar thread). The one "answer" you got now is exactly what we should avoid, otherwise there's going to be several pages of them, and voting wouldn't come even close to the quality of their suggestions, likely more follow popularity of their posters and whoever answers first. –  TildalWave Dec 26 '13 at 21:32

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