Classical Field Theory: Electromagnetism and Gravitation
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Classical Field Theory: Electromagnetism and Gravitation [Hardcover]

Francis E. Low
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The author uses a unique approach which emphasizes the field theoretic aspects of gravitation and the strong analogies between gravitation and the other areas that are studied in physics. The theory-centered text begins with the simplest experimental facts then proceeds to the corresponding differential equations, theoretical constructs such as energy, momentum and stress and several applications. End-of-chapter problems provide students with an opportunity to test their understanding, serve as an introduction to and a review of material not included in the book and can be used to develop examples, extensions and generalizations of the material presented.

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A unique textbook on electromagnetism and gravitation

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.

About the Author

Francis E. Low is Institute Professor Emeritus of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With over 40 years in the field, he has lectured and published widely on theoretical and particle physics.
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