# J. D. Jackson has passed away

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jedishrfu
Mentor
Yes, this is sad. We didn't use his book when I took physics instead we used our profs book which was very good with problems that weren't as difficult as Jackson's to our regret.

I think because Jackson was considered a graduate level book when it first came out. However, Jackson's book was and still is the gold standard.

Telemachus
Ben Niehoff
Science Advisor
Gold Member
In my graduate-level E&M course, we were assigned eight Jackson problems a week. Fun times!

Telemachus
Choppy
Science Advisor
Education Advisor
It's very sad to hear this. I think his textbook is one of the most influential textbooks in physics - a cornerstone of a physicist's education. It seems to me that in a lot of graduate programs, Jackson's E&M is a required course, regardless of the subfield that you choose. That really says something about how important it is.

He's one of those giants whose shoulders we all get to stand on - if we're fortunate enough.

Telemachus