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Good physics books for mathematicians

  1. Oct 10, 2011 #1
    Hi everybody,

    I am a graduate student in mathematics, and have hardly any physics background.
    I was looking to broaden my knowledge in physics, and started by taking the Berkeley Physics Course, Vol. 2 ( Electricity and Magnetism).
    On the one hand I find the book too detailed and long, and on the other hand more advanced books rely on prior knowledge I don't have.

    Can anybody recommend an electricity and magnetism book that is "concentrated" but still doesn't rely on background in the topic?
    If you know of books on other physics topics that are good for mathematicians like me, I would be happy to hear.

    Thanks ahead!
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  3. Oct 10, 2011 #2


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    Check out vol. 2 (theory of fields) and 8 (electrodynamics of continuous media) in Landau and Lifgarbagez's multi-volume Course in Theoretical Physics. I don't know if each stands wholly its own, but they are sophisticated, fast moving and a joy to read.
  4. Oct 10, 2011 #3


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    I liked Dugdale's http://books.google.com/books/about/Essentials_of_electromagnetism.html?id=LIwBcIwrwv4C. It begins from Maxwell's equations in tradition vector calculus form.

    Maxwell's equations in more modern notation can be found in
    http://webusers.physics.illinois.edu/~m-stone5/mmb/notes/bmaster.pdf [Broken]
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