- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An authoritative text on Classical Electromagnetism. The book
is mainly intended for students with a previous firm
grasp on Electro/Magneto-statics and... Read more
An excellent book and a brain opener on EM theory. To my sorrow many great books like this go out of print.Published on October 17, 2004 by A Reader