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Old Book Review - Classical Charged Particles

  1. Oct 22, 2005 #1
    Old Book Review - "Classical Charged Particles"

    Hi folks

    I've picked up a rather old book. It was written back in 1965 by Fritz Rohrlich and is called "Classical Charged Particles". I found this book by a reference in Jackson's EM text. I have to say that this is a superb book! I don't think I've read anything as good as this book before. The first chapter is called Philosophy and Logic of Physical Theory. Excellant chapter on what science and physics is and the nature of what it means to be a "Law
    of Physics" and what it means for something to be a "Theory".

    This text is quite excellant regarding special and general relativity as well. The nice thing is that it explains GR and what a gravitational field is (e.g. what is the "strength" of the field etc) as I've tried to explain it here in the past. I disagree with the author's opinions in a few places but that doesn't mean this isn't a superb text. I highly recommend reading this book! You won't regret it!

    Pete
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2005 #2
    One nice thing about this book is that it addresses a complex question that is sometimes asked in this forum. The question has to do with charged particles in a g-field. The section is called Is the Principle of Equivalence Principle Valid for Charged Particles? I know of no other text which addresses this point.

    Pete
     
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