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Three books. Are they any good?

  1. Apr 30, 2010 #1
    Hello to all

    I want to buy some textbooks to gain further understanding of the courses I am taking. Are these good books for giving advanced treatment of the subjects:

    Classical Electrodynamics by JD. Jackson

    Quantum Mechanics by A. Messiah

    Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers by SJ. Farlow

    Thank you.
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  3. Apr 30, 2010 #2
    For Quantum Mechanics, I suggest you try Sakurai, if you're up to it. It definitely gives advanced treatment of the subject.
  4. Apr 30, 2010 #3


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    Yes, Jackson is a reasonable book for an "advanced" treatment of EM

    This is an excellent book and is very clearly written, but it is definitely not "advanced". In the US, undergrad physics/engineering majors should be comfortable reading it their 2nd or 3rd year, as it just requires basic multivariable calculus and elementary odes. This is probably the simplest book on PDEs that you will ever find.

  5. May 1, 2010 #4
    for EM; try griffiths instead

    QM, pick up more modern books, messiah is ancient - try ballentine
  6. May 31, 2010 #5

    Meir Achuz

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    I recommend "Classical Electromagnetism" by Franklin.
    It is on the level of Jackson, but easier to follow, especially on your own.
  7. May 31, 2010 #6
    Messiah is too old, take Ballentine.
  8. May 31, 2010 #7
    For QM, you can pick Zettili (paperback) , includes seriously many solved problems in detail for every chapter, published in 2009 and is affordable:


    Also the reviews for Zettili speak for themselves (5/5 though most are based on the 1st edition which had some typos !).

    You can also preview the book here:

    Update: sorry, I read your topic quickly, advanced books in QM vary in contents and coverage, some advanced QM books are just QFT books, for the QM II course in my uni we use:


    Nonetheless, for the QM II class I still used Zettili's for the basic topics (it is short on relativistic QM).
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