"Olenick (U. of Dallas), Apostol (California Institute of Technology) and Goodstein (California Institute of Technology) have produced this textbook on electricity and magnetism, and how the relationship between these two forces led to the Theory of Relativity. Written primarily for physics and engineering students, the authors have emphasized the human aspects of understanding physics so that only a basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is needed to explore the mathematical applications of the text. As a result, these foundations of modern physics can also be enjoyed from a historical aspect and will appeal to many students from other disciplines who desire a more in-depth knowledge of the world around them."
Book News, Inc.
"The material in this textbook is presented in a clear and readable manner. A multitude of diagrams aid student understanding as does the abundance of problems, to such an extent that although based on the Mechanical Universe television series, this volume can act as an independent resource."
This book studies electricity and magnetism, their relation to each other, and to light, and shows how the problem of light led to the special theory of relativity. It moves to modern physics, where particles may behave like waves and vice versa and where some of the great verities of Newtonian physics appear less certain.