50% discount to physicsgre.com visitors on Scion Publishing.
Update: All the free books have been mailed out. Please reply to this topic with your review of the book.
A publisher contacted me about giving away five copies of a new book, Physics: A Student Companion (can buy on Amazon or can get 50% discount from Scion Publishing), to members of our forum who are interested in reviewing the book to see if we thought it was helpful for students preparing for the physics GRE. The book isn't specifically tailored for GRE-type questions, but it does cover the core concepts of undergraduate physics from a review perspective instead of from a "learning it for the first time" perspective which could be helpful for physics GRE preparation.
If you are interested in having this book mailed to you for free and writing a brief review (100 words or less is fine), then reply to this topic mentioning that you are interested. After a quick review of your history on physicsgre.com (i.e. to make sure you didn't just register for the site to get a free book), I'll contact you via PM to get your mailing address.
Below is a message about the book from the Author, Lowry Kirkby:
I am a recent physics graduate from Oxford University, and am currently pursuing a Ph.D in biophysics at UC Berkeley. I recently wrote and published a book called Physics: A Student Companion by Lowry Kirkby, which is intended as a study guide for university level physics and for GRE and graduate entry preparation.
The book is based on study notes I compiled during my four years at Oxford, and as such it covers the core concepts of undergraduate physics from a student perspective, at the appropriate level for exam preparation. It highlights the key equations and their derivations in boxes and panels, while providing an explanation of the concepts in the main text. Since it is intended as a study guide (ie. consolidating material rather than learning it for the first time), it is more concise than the usual large textbooks that are currently on the market (400 pages), and it's written in an accessible and memory-friendly manner, which is essential for exam preparation.
It covers the following five core topics:
1. Classical mechanics and special relativity
3. Waves and optics
4. Quantum physics
5. Thermal physics
These topics make up the majority of the GRE syllabus, and I provided a special index for the physics GRE syllabus at the end of the book for ease of reference.