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Good book on Electrodynamcis

  1. Jul 24, 2014 #1


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    I took an Electricity & Magnetism course at the university, now I am looking for a good book on Electrodynamics to further deepen my knowledge on the subject.Can you give me any suggestions, I think I saw a copy of Electromagnetic Fields and Waves by Lorrain & Corson in the library, what are your thoughts about this book?
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    I like Lorrain and Corson. The topics are well selected, the text has many applications, and the problems are more inherently interesting than those found in most texts. If you can borrow it from a library you cannot lose.
  4. Jul 24, 2014 #3

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    I like Wangsness the best, best intermediate between a freshman course and Jackson that I have found.
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    My favorites are

    Feynman Lectures vol. II

    gives a very good explanation on topics which are confused in many other textbooks, e.g., the unipolar generator and related issues with Faraday's Law.

    A. Sommerfeld, Lectures on Theoretical Physics vol. III

    this is my favorite theory textbook series for classical physics. Reading it, you understand, why the Sommerfeld school has produced more Nobel prize winners than any others. Unfortunately it's somewhat outdated in the notation concerning relativity (ict convention of the metric).

    J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics

    quite comprehensive. Only drawback is that in the newest edition he uses SI units instead of Gaussian units which destroys all the beauty and symmetry of electromagnetism. This desease it shares with many newer textbooks on electromagnetism.

    L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifshitz, Course of Theoretical Physics, vol II

    gives the relativistic point of view from the very beginning. Thus I like it even better than Jackson.

    M. Schwartz, Principles of Electrodynamics

    a marvelous book by a Nobel prize winner. Emphasizes also the relativistic point of view.

    J. Schwinger, Classical Electrodynamics

    has marverlous mathematical tricks to deal with the solution of Maxwell's equations. Schwinger is famous for his treatment of waveguides (i.e., not only for his famous works on QED).
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