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Feynman lectures volume II - how is it?

  1. Nov 19, 2007 #1
    I'll be studying electromagnetism next sem (January) and I thought reading Feynman before the proper start of course will be useful, but Feynman himself said( in the preface) that he did not do much creation in vol II. So, is there any other Feynman sort of book on electromagnetism or I should go with Feynman's lectures ?
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  3. Nov 19, 2007 #2
    Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics is pretty close to the spirit of the Feynman lectures, in my opinion. It is intended for a second course in electromagnetics, but I think a sufficiently motivated student could use it for a first course. I am not alone in thinking this, as MIT now uses Griffiths as the main text for the honors section of their first course in electrodynamics and Purcell and Feynman as reference texts. (Source: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Physics/8-022Fall-2006/Syllabus/index.htm [Broken] )
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  4. Nov 19, 2007 #3
    Feynman may not have been satisfied, but I still think his presentation makes for a great read.
  5. Nov 20, 2007 #4
    I was expecting this reply only.

    thanks for both replies.
  6. Nov 21, 2007 #5
    How is Landau & Lif****z's two books on electrodynamics and fields, will it suit my purpose? (I mean I don't exactly need a course book, just a book which is good for reading).
  7. Nov 21, 2007 #6
    I only have the Classical Theory of Fields book, and it's really too advanced to be very useful for an undergrad course, though certainly fascinating and enlightening.

    I'd recommend Principles of Electrodynamics by Schwartz. (3rd one down on this Amazon search.) It's written very much in the Feynman spirit.
    A downside is that he uses the old "ict" notation for relativity, but that won't cause brain damage contrary to popular opinion.

    I also highly recommend the book by Nayfeh & Brussel, which is full of useful worked problems.
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  8. Nov 21, 2007 #7

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    Ditto. I used that one as an undergrad. Excellent.
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