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Electricity and Magnetism Hardcover – January 1, 1965


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  • Series: Berkeley Physics Course (Book 2)
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Co.; 1st edition (January 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070048592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070048591
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Crowell on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a best-of-breed book. Its highlight is the extensive use of relativity to develop the idea of electromagnetism as the first unified field theory. Although the book does present the mathematical tools of vector calculus from scratch, it is clearly designed for students who are physics majors, have had a substantial high school physics course, and have had strong mathematical preparation. I would not dare to use this book to teach an E&M course to a less elite audience.

The use of cgs units in this book is IMO a nuisance. Given the book's emphasis on relativity as a link between electricity and magnetism, it's nice to use a system in which E and B have the same units. However, I prefer to handle this by using SI units and writing Maxwell's equations with the coupling constants expressed as k and k/c^2, which makes the relativistic links almost as evident and allows a much easier connection with practical laboratory measurements.

The book is extremely old, and although Maxwell's equations haven't changed, some of the discussion of experimental evidence, e.g., bounds on the non-neutrality of the hydrogen atom, are many decades out of date.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Physics Major on March 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book or an introduction to electricity and magnetism. It does a great job at explaining the background of concepts as well as deriving equations. This is a very difficult text but is rewarding and does a great job at covering the material. It is not watered down at all. Also has many interesting problems, many of which will take a deep understanding of the concepts that one should know at this level to be able to solve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Brenneman III on May 29, 2009
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I've been searching for a RIGOROUS textbook on special relativity and electro-magnetism for a long time. This book is by far the best I have found!
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