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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hey everyone,

I posted this a while back in General Physics without any reply, and it looks like this is actually the germane forum (despite the fact that I'm explicitly NOT looking for QFT) -- but I couldn't find the "move thread" option...

Anyway:

I'm looking for some books that really dig into the topic of classical field theory -- not necessarily just the fields that were known during the heyday of classical physics (electromagnetic / gravitational), but not necessarily all about Yang-Mills and Dirac fields, either.

I'm having some difficulty describing exactly what I'm looking for (which is probably why I'm having trouble finding a book that fits the bill), so maybe the best thing to do would be to list books that I do have, and how closely they fit:

This seems to be a common thread in virtually

Also, this seems like it's more an advanced differential geometry text than a field theory text, though if the topics were tied back to physical applications, that would probably pass muster.

....is that enough to go on? Or have I just confused and alienated everyone?

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks,

Justin

I posted this a while back in General Physics without any reply, and it looks like this is actually the germane forum (despite the fact that I'm explicitly NOT looking for QFT) -- but I couldn't find the "move thread" option...

Anyway:

I'm looking for some books that really dig into the topic of classical field theory -- not necessarily just the fields that were known during the heyday of classical physics (electromagnetic / gravitational), but not necessarily all about Yang-Mills and Dirac fields, either.

I'm having some difficulty describing exactly what I'm looking for (which is probably why I'm having trouble finding a book that fits the bill), so maybe the best thing to do would be to list books that I do have, and how closely they fit:

**Burgess -**. This is the benchmark. Basically, I'm looking for something that covers the same type of topics that this one does, but perhaps going in-depth on fewer topics.__Classical Covariant Fields__**DeWitt -**. The opening paragraph of this book lays out well exactly what I'm__Dynamical Theory of Groups & Fields__*not*looking for:This seems to be a common thread in virtually

*every*book on field theory -- even many of those that are nominally supposed to be about classical field theory in particular.**Binz / Sniatycki / Fischer -**. Reading the TOC of this on Amazon, I thought WOW, this sounds great. But when I picked it up, not only did I find the unformatted text almost unreadable, but there is almost NO reference to physical applications.__Geometry of Classical Fields__Also, this seems like it's more an advanced differential geometry text than a field theory text, though if the topics were tied back to physical applications, that would probably pass muster.

**Soper -**. I like this one, but it's pretty basic. It was a great primer, but I'm looking for something slightly more advanced (or perhaps at about the same level of 'difficulty' of the non-introductory chapters, but with a broader range of topics).__Classical Field Theory__**Barut -**. I'd compare this one to Soper. Really good text, well-written and original, grounded in reality -- but very focused on electrodynamics..which makes sense given the title, but again, I'm looking for maybe this depth on more / different topics.__Electrodynamics and Classical Theory of Fields and Particles__**Doughty -**,__Lagrangian Interaction__**Felsager -**. Just bought these two. From the TOC, they seem like they touch on classical field theory, but only as a stepping stone to QFT.__Geometry, Particles and Fields__**Ng -**. Given that classical fields were in the title, I was a little disappointed at how little a role they played.__Introduction to Classical and Quantum Fields__**Lifgarbagez / Landau -**. I'm probably not gonna make any friends saying this, but I just can't get into the Landau books. They just feel...dated. I was again disappointed by the fact that although it was called "classical theory of fields", which I took to be "fields in general", it was focused on pretty basic electrodynamics / gravity.__The Classical Theory of Fields__....is that enough to go on? Or have I just confused and alienated everyone?

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks,

Justin