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This volume combines a novel approach with an accessible, down-to-earth treatment of electromagnetism and gravitation. It leads the student through classical electromagnetic theory, and introduces the gravitational field as a conventional second-rank tensor field.
Clear, concise, and self-contained, this theoretical exposition focuses on basic principles rather than applications and avoids abstractions through a careful selection of topics. Classical Field Theory: Electromagnetism and Gravitation features
* Everything a student should know to grasp the fundamentals of classical field theory
* A chapter on scattering that discusses material not readily available in other textbooks
* Two appendices--one on vectors and tensors, the other on spherical harmonics--to review material recurring throughout the text
* End-of-chapter exercises, some of which serve as mini-research problems
Based on courses taught by the author at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Classical Field Theory is an excellent text for a two-semester first-year graduate course on electromagnetism and gravitation.