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Electromagnetic Fields and Energy

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ISBN-13: 978-0132490207
ISBN-10: 013249020X
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  • Hardcover: 742 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013249020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132490207
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It is hard to understand why this book is out of print.

The authors are deceased as far as I have checked.

It is extremely well organized and written, logically presented,

full of illustrations, examples, figures and exercises.

The text covers electromagnetism at a graduate level,

but it is so clearly written that you will be able to gain

lots of insights even if you have studied only the basics.

Some typos are present in the text but they are easy to

identify and correct. I personally enjoy a lot this book

and recommend it thoroughly. It deserves to be reprinted

as a revised version.
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Let me first join others here, this books is definitely one of the best in electromagnetics. It is a must for every electrical engineer (not necessarily applicable to digital signal processing etc), but captures the beauty of maxwell equations really well. Also it will make transition to other advanced texts (eg Jackson) lot more easier.
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This is the best book I know of on the subject of electromagnetic fields. Profs. Melcher and Haus were superbly
qualified and dedicated teachers. The illustrations in the book were all hand-drawn in ink pen by Prof. Melcher.
I had the privilege to be a graduate student at MIT in the 1990s and to learn this material from Prof. Melcher and Prof. Haus,
so I am very familiar with this book and the teaching style it codifies.

This book is not an easy read at first, but every page will pay off with the insights you gain by
understanding their points. The writing is pretty dense, and you are assumed to be comfortable with
vector calculus and other mathematical tools. For me the real gems are the beautiful figures,
and the many examples and worked problems. The book will surely reward diligent study.

There is an online copy of this book freely available for open-source use. You can find it by
searching on MIT's open courseware (OCW) web site. There are also online videos of a number
of demonstrations that go with the worked examples. Especially I recommend finding the
Edgerton "boomer" video, where Doc Edgerton shows up to run his boomer.
The demo of non uniqueness of potential in a changing magnetic field is also a wonderful
puzzle for those who are used to the idea of measuring any voltage with an oscilloscope.

There is also an online copy of Prof. Melcher's graduate-level text Continuum Electromechanics,
which is truly an amazing book, and shows the heart of his research ideas. This can be found through
the OCW web site also.
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This is the text we used for a junior/senior level one semester course on electro and magneto quasistatics. We covered about the first 12 chapters in that class. The book is well written, accurate, and as easy to follow as one can reasonably expect for what is a fairly challenging undergrad course. Prerequisites would be a good understanding of vector calculus from freshman calculus and a semester of freshman physics focusing on E&M. Too bad it is out of print. I keep my signed copy carefully guarded! As others have noted, you can obtain the book in electronic form from the MIT open courseware site.
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