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In summary, the conversation discusses the search for a good graduate level book on electrodynamics that is mathematically rigorous. The participant mentions having a strong background in math and preference for rigorous books, but any good book will do. Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics is mentioned as a commonly used text, but other suggestions include Barut, Schwinger, Englert, and Charap. The participant also mentions finding Griffith's Quantum Mechanics book to be too mathematically light. Other recommendations for mathematically rigorous books include Garrity's Electricity and Magnetism for Mathematicians, Hehl and Obukhov's Foundations of Classical Electrodynamics, and Parrott's Relativistic Electrodynamics and Differential Geometry.

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If you do a forum search for "Jackson", you'll probably turn up leads to other textbooks at that level. Restrict the search to "This forum" instead of "Everywhere".

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jtbell said:Jackson'sClassical Electrodynamicsis (or at least has been) pretty commonly used

Sorry to interrupt the thread. But this really caught my eyes!

I thought it is still widely used. What other textbooks are used currently as a replacement to Jackson's?

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jtbell said:Jackson'sClassical Electrodynamicsis (or at least has been) pretty commonly used

I merely intended that as a "weasel phrase" in case things have changed since I was in grad school 40 years ago.Phylosopher said:I thought it is still widely used.

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Both these books are quite mathematically rigorous.

I think it strange you prefer mathematically rigorous books and then prefer Griffith.

I found Griffith Quantum Mechanics to (attempt to) solve some of his sample problems without doing any math at all.

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If you want something like electrodynamics for mathematicians, then Jackson is not what you are looking for. Instead, try withs00mb said:My preference leans toward more mathematical rigorous books

- Garrity, Electricity and Magnetism for Mathematicians

- Hehl and Obukhov, Foundations of Classical Electrodynamics

- Parrott, Relativistic Electrodynamics and Differential Geometry

There are several career paths you can pursue after completing undergraduate electrodynamics. Some common options include working as an electrical engineer, research scientist, or data analyst. You could also consider pursuing a graduate degree in a related field.

Yes, the skills and knowledge gained from studying electrodynamics can be applied in various industries. For example, you could work in telecommunications, aerospace, or even finance.

One option is to pursue a graduate degree in a related field. You could also attend conferences and workshops, read scientific journals, or take online courses to stay updated on current research and advancements in the field.

Having a strong foundation in mathematics, particularly calculus and differential equations, is crucial for success in electrodynamics. In addition, having a good understanding of computer programming and problem-solving skills can be beneficial.

Some current areas of research in electrodynamics include electromagnetic wave propagation, antenna design, and electromagnetic interference. Other topics of interest include plasma physics, quantum electrodynamics, and nanotechnology applications.

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