My post here:

Book recommendation: Book on condensed matter physics focusing on numerical method in quantum system [duplicate]

How can I further improve my post so that it is not a duplicate?

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    $\begingroup$ FWIW, at this time there are 3 reopen votes. Two more and it will open. If there aren't enough additional votes, then it will stay closed. Maybe the only advice I could give is to really focus on the fact you are really looking for numerical approaches and not theoretical/experimental. But, let the reopen cycle run its course and see what happens from there. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 11:17
  • $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 thank you very much for your help and advice. I wish you the best. But I will be off for a while to focus on my thing so I may not be able to read these two posts again soon. $\endgroup$
    – Ka Wa Yip
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 12:26

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Thanks for asking. But in this case, I don't believe there is any way to change your question such that it is not a duplicate, without making it an entirely different question.

Resource recommendations are treated somewhat specially, and one of the ways that they are treated specially is that the rules for what constitutes a duplicate are broader than normal questions. In particular, a recommendation question which shares its general topic and general level with another one is considered a duplicate. In your case, your question's general topic is condensed matter physics and its level is what we might call intermediate. There is already a recommendation question seeking intermediate-level condensed matter books. Yours is therefore a duplicate of that question.

What you could do is ask the actual conceptual question you would hope to answer by reading the books. That would presumably be a fine question for this site.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not an expert in condensed physics, but isn't asking for something specifically about the numerical methods making it a whole new topic already? If somebody asked for a set of books on fluid dynamics, that would be an entirely different set than I would give for a recommendation on numerical methods used in fluid dynamics. In fact, I can't think of a single book that I would consider an overlap. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 But the request is for a book for someone not knowing any condensed matter physics. It were different if it were about books for someone knowing condensed matter, and then wanting to learn specifically numerical methods. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ @NorbertSchuch That might make it a bad/impossible question, but certainly not a duplicate. It's possible there is no book that teaches condensed matter physics at the same time it teaches numerical methods. And that's a different situation than being duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – tpg2114
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:38

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