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**Maxwell's "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism"**

I bought this book as a supplement to my electromagnetism I class, but the moment Maxwell goes into anything mathematical, I'm lost. The lack of illustrations and reference to many out-dated terms makes the book hard to follow. The book is a good reference (as long as I already understand the fundamentals of the topic in question), but I was hoping to find a version of this book that I could understand given that the topic of the section of the book is somewhat new to me.

My question is, what version(s) of this book have you read and how understandable is it? My main quarral with the math of this book is that it has no illustrations whatsoever, so the math is very abstract and I'm forced to draw my own (usually inaccurate) pictures of what Maxwell is describing.

By the way, I own the first volume by Dover Publications, 1954 (haha, the year my mother was born, maybe this is why I don't quite follow...)

Thanks in advance,

Brian