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Classical Thoughts on Lorrain & Corson wanted

  1. Mar 3, 2015 #1
    I am in a situation where I will be leaving my physics programme to pursue engineering studies, but I am looking to continue my formal physics education independently. I have decided that the next logical step is to pursue a more rigorous study of electromagnetism and am looking at different textbooks for use my main learning material.

    As per the title, I am very strongly considering using Lorrain and Corson's "Electromagnetic Fields and Waves" (third edition). The style of writing and the organization of the topics appeals greatly to me, but I have found very little online in the way of "reviews" on the book. The general impression I've gathered is that it's comparable to Griffiths' book on the subject but perhaps is slightly more pedagogically organized. I also have Griffiths' book and am familiar with it's place in the undergraduate curriculum.

    Does anyone have any experience with the text or have some knowledge of how well it would serve as a text for a senior-level look at electromagnetism? I would also appreciate suggestions of other books if you have a strong affinity for one.
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  3. Mar 4, 2015 #2


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    I have not spent a lot of time with Lorrain and Corson's "Electromagnetic fields and waves", but what I have read looked good. I know Griffiths better, and suspect that they are complementary. The one aspect I really liked from Lorrain and Corson is that many of the problems were fundamentally interesting - they analyzed actual devices or phenomena, instead of just arbitrary textbook-style problems. I would say the same about the problems in the lower division book they wrote called "electromagnetism, principles and applications" - which I wish I had known about while trying to learn from the 2nd edition of Purcell way back when.
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