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Discrepancies in Jackson, 3rd Edition

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I hope this is the right place to ask a question like this!

I've seen two different versions of problem 1.14 in the third edition of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics. Has anyone else noticed this? My friend has two PDF copies of the book, each of which has a different problem 1.14. We chalked this up to the PDFs being illicit versions found on the internet.

I just ordered the book from Amazon, and sure enough the PDF preview on the website matched one of the versions of the problem from the PDFs, so we figured that one was the "real" version. But when I received the physical textbook, it had the other problem 1.14. There's also some weird typesetting going on in the physical book, only in the statement of problem 1.14, which makes me feel like there's something weird going on. Has anyone else had issues with problems not matching up across third editions of this book? Any idea how the Amazon preview could not match the physical book, even though the both claim to be the third edition? Could an earlier printing have had one version of the problem and a later one have another?

Thanks!
 

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